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College credits available to LEED professionals

The U.S. Green Building Council announced that LEED Professional Credentials have been approved for college credit through New Jersey’s State Energy Sector Partnership initiative. SESP is the result of an award to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to support employment growth and retention within the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The LEED Green Associate qualifies for three college credit hours, while the LEED AP BD+C and AP O+M each qualify for five college credit hours at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey (when earned after June 30, 2009). The state’s New Jersey Pathways Leading Apprentices to College Education program, which facilitated Thomas Edison State College’s review of the LEED Professional Credentials for the SESP, has identified two associate and two bachelor degree pathways at the college for LEED credential-holders wishing to use these credits toward an industry-related college degree.

Thomas Edison State College’s programs can be accessed worldwide, so anyone who has earned one of the qualifying LEED Professional Credentials, along with several other nationally-recognized green credentials, can take advantage of this opportunity to earn college credit.

“Students are the next generation of leaders in the green building movement, and providing them with the opportunity to earn college credit while gaining valuable, technical knowledge is next step toward a marketplace transformed by cutting-edge green building practices,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “I applaud the efforts of Thomas Edison State College and NJ Place for giving these students the opportunity to put their education to use in a booming industry.”

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