GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge to the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings. GPRO Certificate Holders will be poised to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices.

The principal assumption is that participants already know their trade, whether they are plumbers, electricians, or building operators, and this course will give them the additional knowledge they may not have experienced on conventionally-built projects.


Each candidate will take a 4-hour course in Fundamentals of Building Green, which presents the basic issues applicable to citizens and most trades. They will then take a course of 6 – 8 class hours in their field. This is followed shortly by an exam, and if they pass, they become a GPRO Certificate Holder. Each individual must attend all class hours in order to be eligible to take the GPRO exam. This certificate will demonstrate that an individual understands green building as it applies to his or her trade and will enhance that person’s ability to compete for and participate in green jobs. One goal is to make the GPRO credential a common requirement on LEED and sustainable jobs throughout the country.

 

 

THE GPRO BENEFIT

Qualify for LEED credit: Trained contractors, trades, building operators and service workers can qualify for a LEED point for New Construction and Existing Buildings projects under LEED Pilot Credit 81.

Jobs and Economy: Green building momentum is increasing, even through the recent recession. It's where the jobs are now, in both existing and new construction, and where jobs are continuing to grow.

Comprehensive Certificate Program: This learning system puts all the information about green building in one place. The material is relevant to what workers need to know in the field – it’s not about learning a checklist. The GPRO exam provides third-party verification that students have completed and understood the material.

Building and Construction Trades Lead the Way to Sustainability: Transitioning the building and construction industries to a sustainable future will reduce the carbon pollution of Canada while supporting economic recovery and creating many green jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Long-term Benefits: Better building construction and operations typically result in energy savings and improved building performance that translates into long-term benefits for ownership and occupants.

Flexibility in Course Delivery: Your delivery preferences can be accommodated and there is a flexible process in place for training instructors.

Customized Content: Instructors focus on issues that are significant for your trade.

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ABOUT THE GREATER TORONTO CHAPTER OF THE CANADA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC-GTC) is Southern Ontario’s leading authority on green building best practices.

With an ever-growing member network of over 3,000 building industry professionals, the GTC is dedicated to creating a cleaner, healthier, high-performance built environment though education, collaboration and innovation. We work with both government and private enterprise to accelerate the adoption of green building principles, policies, standards and tools. The GTC is the primary organization responsible for the facilitation and delivery of LEED workshops in Southern Ontario and provides a wide range of educational and networking events for our members and the green building community at large.
Learn more about our initiatives,
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ABOUT URBAN GREEN

Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Urban Green's mission is to lead the advancement of sustainability in the urban built environment through education, advocacy, collaboration, and research. Our vision is to see cities that coexist in harmony with their natural environment and contribute to the health and well-being of all.

A nonprofit organization established in 2002, Urban Green is supported by contributions from members and sponsors, as well as foundation grants. Our focus is on New York City, and Rockland and Westchester counties. Supported by our in-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers, our efforts are transforming the metropolitan area and creating models that can be replicated elsewhere.