Green Job Certifications Are Crucial to Building a New Green Economy
WASHINGTON -- October 31, 2012
The increased demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly products and
services has led to new opportunities for certified professionals in the green
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as those that
produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve
natural resources. They are also jobs in which workers’ duties involve making
their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or
reduce the use of natural resources.
In March 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that at least 3.1 million
Americans were employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about
2.4 percent of the nation’s total employment, an affirmation that green jobs
are a real factor of the nation’s economic growth.
Within those numbers specifically, the influx of green building jobs demands
qualified candidates with certifications. The Sustainability Education and
Economic Development (SEED) Center reported that by 2013 green buildings will
support nearly 8 million workers in a range of occupations including
construction managers, carpenters, electricians, architects, truck drivers and
cost estimators, among many others. Recent BLS projections support this trend,
indicating that green construction jobs will increase faster or much faster
than average through 2018.
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) a member of the Institute
for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), administers the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) Professional Credentials. LEED credentials support
the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System, which provides building
owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing
practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and
“A LEED professional credential signifies advanced knowledge of LEED and green
building principles and practices,” says Elisa Kahn, director of credentialing
at GBCI. “The widely recognized credentials distinguish professionals across
many disciplines, ranging from the broad and foundational LEED Green Associate
to the five highly specialized and experienced LEED AP with specialty
credentials. If you are considering a career move to green building industry,
a LEED credential will set you apart.”
LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries.
International projects make up 40% of the total LEED registered square
footage. Recently, Falabella, Latin America’s largest department store, worked
with Johnson Controls to earn LEED certification in several of its retail
stores. Now, the store works to ensure it minimizes its environmental impact
through renewable energy, natural ventilation, solar water heaters, and more.
A McGraw-Hill Construction study says, “Training is essential for getting and
maintaining green jobs; 30 percent of green job workers say they needed
additional training when they started, and most report that formal education
and training programs will continue to be needed. Hiring firms agree; 71
percent of hiring decision-makers maintain that being green-certified
As demand grows for green products and services, more opportunities will arise
for professionals to set themselves apart as experts. Professionals should
contact their credentialing bodies to find out whether a green or sustainable
certification is available in their field. For more information about how
certified professionals are protecting the public in a wide range of
industries, visit www.credentialingexcellence.org.
About the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and the National Commission
for Certifying Agencies
Established in 1977, Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) (formerly
the National Organization for Competency Assurance) is the leading
international membership organization representing the credentialing
community. ICE fulfills its mission through the delivery of education and
training programs, in setting quality standards for credentialing, and by
providing accreditation services through its accreditation division, the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The ICE membership is
composed of credentialing organizations, testing companies, and individual
professional development consultants. ICE and NCCA are based in Washington,
DC. For further information, please visit www.credentialingexcellence.org.
Institute for Credentialing Excellence
Andrew Younger, +1.312.673.5469
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