Become an Expert on Green Building Best Practices

Homeowners and homebuyers are increasingly looking for contractors, architects, engineers, specialty contractors, and real estate professionals who are qualified to provide green building services. Now is your chance to establish yourself in this profitable niche and distinguish yourself in the marketplace.

Once certified as a green building professional, you'll be promoted online in Build It Green's Certified Green Professionals Directory. This directory receives over 2,500 searches per month by people looking for professionals like you. 

Certification Course Pathway

Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP)

This course introduces you to the overarching principles of green building and the systems approach to the design, construction and operation of residential buildings. You'll develop an understanding of energy efficiency, resource conservation, water conservation, and indoor air quality, and how you can effectively convey the importance of these building principles to homeowners.

This course also satisfies the Green Education requirement to becoming a GreenPoint Rater.

Time: 16-hour course
Format: Online, Live Streaming + open-book online exam. Requires minimum of 80% for passing grade. 
What's Included: Get your questions answered immediately by a green building expert, course manual. Upon passing, receive certification, Build It Green membership, and listing on our Green Professional Directory. 

Certified GreenPoint Rated Advisor

A GreenPoint Advisor, while not certified to rate a home, is qualified to help homeowners, builders, and design teams achieve a GreenPoint Rating. An advisor has detailed knowledge of GreenPoint measures and verification methods. This certification is ideal for architects, builders, city building officials, designers, or green consultants who wish to build their business and advise their clients on how to participate in the GreenPoint Rated program. It is also a good overview on how to simply design and build better homes.

Pre-Requisite: Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) or green certification through another provider (e.g. LEED GA, etc.)

Time: 2 hour course
Format: Online, Live Streaming + 30-question online exam

Certified GreenPoint Rater

Differentiate yourself in the marketplace and add value for your clients by becoming an expert on GreenPoint Rated. Whether your goal is to serve as a third party verifier or simply to design and build better homes, we've got the training to take your business to the next level. 

A GreenPoint Rater performs all steps of the rating process, including helping the project team decide which points to achieve, verifying each green measure, and submitting the application and supporting documentation to Build It Green. Only Raters can submit verified projects for a Certificate of Evaluation. HERS, BPI or other home performance qualifications are required to become a Rater for Existing Homes. Learn about eligibility requirements. Learn about eligibility requirements.

The GreenPoint Rated Training Track


GreenPoint Rated Core is a prerequisite for all other GreenPoint Rated courses. This course introduces you to all GreenPoint Rated systems and includes basic policies and procedures, program requirements, verification of select measures, the differing roles of advisors and raters, and submittal processes.

Pre-Requisite: GreenPoint Rated Training Application

Time: 20-hours
Format: Online, Live Streaming

GreenPoint Rated New Home is the required course for certification for both single and multifamily new homes. This course covers policies, program requirements, verification, energy evaluation, the role of the rater, and submittal processes unique to new homes for both Single Family and Multifamily rating systems.

Pre-Requisite: GreenPoint Rated Core
Time: 8-hours
Format: Online, Live Streaming

GreenPoint Rated Existing Home: Single Family is the required course for certification as a GreenPoint Rater for existing single family homes. This course covers policies, program requirements, verification, energy evaluation and audit, role of the rater and submittal processes unique to a single family existing home. Note: As an Existing Home Rater, GreenPoint Rated has developed a policy that allows you to work with a QA Rater to rate your own projects and serve as a one-stop shop to your clients. 

Pre-Requisite: GreenPoint Rated Core
Time: 16-hours
Format: Online, Live Streaming

CA Multifamily Existing Building is the required course for certification as a GreenPoint Rater for existing multifamily homes. This course covers multifamily building systems, Home Energy Rating System Program Phase II content specific to Multifamily (MF HERS II), and other green measures and energy audits that will qualify you to perform work for most multifamily upgrade programs including GreenPoint Rated.

Pre-Requisite: Building Performing Institute Multifamily Building Analyst (BPI MFBA) certification + GreenPoint Rated Core
Time: 24-hours
Format: Online, Live Streaming

Benefits and Support for Raters and Advisors

  • Bi-monthly Rater Council webinar meetings
  • Rater E-News to keep you informed of program updates, changes and other news
  • Personalized support from GreenPoint Rated staff
  • Access to private webpages with news items, digital tools and resources, logos, archived webinars

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