Frequently Asked Questions

The public sector green building training programme includes three levels of courses

1. What are the various courses available?

There are three levels of courses available through this program some which give access to
accreditations with the Green Building Council South Africa. All have stringent eligibility criteria
which consider qualification and experience. The courses are as follows:
Introduction to Green Building Practice Workshops
Accredited Workshops including :
Green Star for New Buildings
Green Star for Existing Building Performance
Green Star for Sustainable Precincts
EDGE Expert
1. Full Green Building Accreditation Workshops, Online Courses and Exams giving access to the following accreditations
1.1. Green Star New Building Accredited Professional
1.2. Green Star Existing Building Performance Accredited Professional
1.3. Green Star Sustainable Precincts Accredited Professional
1.4. EDGE Expert

2. How do I register for the training programme?

Please register here for the Introduction to Green Building Practice Workshops before 7
February 2020: https://forms.gle/z8N1pAgGantRsUL59
Please register here for the Accredited Workshops and Full Green Building Accreditation
Training before 5 February 2020: http://register.gbcsa.org.za/

3. What is the eligibility criteria for the training?

Introduction to Green Building Practice Workshop

o Government or State Owned Entity official
o Property Professional
o No prior exposure to sustainability in the built environment required

Accredited Workshops

o National, provincial, local government or state owned entity official
o Property professional in a construction or property industry related field:

Town planners
Urban planners
Facilities Managers
Property Managers
Sustainability Managers
Engineers
Architects
Architectural Technicians
Quantity Surveyors
Project Managers
Policy Makers
Environmental Officer
Urban Designer
Landscape Architect

o Tertiary qualification in a construction or property industry related field

OR

2 years of work experience in a construction or property industry related field.
o Limited exposure to sustainability in the built environment

Full Green Building Accreditation Training

o National provincial, local government or state owned entity official
o Property professional in a construction or property industry related field:

Town planners
Urban planners
Facilities Managers
Property Managers
Sustainability Managers
Engineers
Architects
Architectural Technicians
Quantity Surveyors
Project Managers
Policy Makers
Environmental Officer
Urban Designer
Landscape Architect

o Some exposure to sustainability in the built environment
o 2 years of work experience in a construction or property industry related field for Green Star courses or 3 years for EDGE courses

And

Tertiary qualification in a construction or property industry related field

OR

2 years of work experience in a construction or property industry related field for Green Star courses or 3 years for EDGE courses

And

Tertiary qualification unrelated to a construction or property industry related field.

4. How will I know that I have been registered for the correct training?

Upon signing up for this training, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your skills, qualifications, experience and location. These questions allow our system to allocate each per-son to the training best suited to them. We cannot however guarantee a seat as demand may be higher than seats available and we need to ensure fair and balanced representation of depart-ments, spheres of government and provinces per course, though we will do our best to accom-modate all who are eligible.

5. How will I know whether I have a seat on the training I am eligible for?

The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will notify all eligible candidates who have a seat on the training directly. The Introduction to Green Building Practice candidates will be notified no later than 21 February 2020, and the Accredited Workshop and full Green Building Accreditation training candidates no later than 14 February 2020.

6. When will I know when and where training will be held?

The GBCSA will inform all attendees of all necessary logistical details well in advance of the train-ing days. The Introduction to Green Building Practice candidates will be notified no later than 29 February 2020, and the Accredited Workshop and full Green Building Accreditation training candidates no later than 14 February 2020.

7. What do I do if I can no longer make it to the training?

Should you no longer be able to attend training for which you are eligible, please inform the GBCSA at your earliest convenience so that your seat can be made available to someone on the waiting list.

8. What will I learn by attending the Introduction to Green Building Practice training?

This introductory course will teach you:
• Explain what is meant by the term “a green building”
• Explain why green buildings are necessary and a good idea for people and planet
• Introduce the landscape of green building certification
• Unpack policy landscape around green building in South Africa
• Inspire with local case study examples
• Interact with fellow attendees around design of a green home and green office building

9. What skills will I acquire during Accredited Workshops?

During Accredited Workshop for your chosen specialization you will learn:
• The environmental and socio-economic case for green building
• Unpack policy landscape around green building in South Africa
• Benefits of certification
• Certification requirements and processes
• Tool structure and content
• How to develop a certification strategy for your tool of choice
• How tool of choice is applied in practice

10. How can I become an Accredited Professional?

To become an Accredited Professional, you will need the following:
• Meet the qualifying requirements by having relevant qualifications and/or experience
• Successfully completed the Accredited Professional Program/s of your choice including at-tending workshop, completing online course and writing exam
• Signed the Accredited Professional Agreement

11. If I have previously attended an Accredited Professional workshop through the GBCSA, can I still become an Accredited Professional?

Yes, after attending the workshop you are entitled to complete the online course and write the online exam at any time that suits you within a period specified by the GBCSA for the Program. Seats for accreditation through this program are limited but your will still qualify to complete the accreditation of choice directly through the GBCSA.

12. If I attended 2018 GBCSA DPWI Training funded by GIZ am I able to attend this time around and can I become an Accredited Professional?

Yes you can register to participate in the program if you attended the 2018 GIZ DPW program, and you will be eligible to complete the accreditation by completing the online course and exam or just passing the exam as per requirements. You may be required to attend an Accredited Professional Workshop in some cases to fulfill the accreditation requirements. You will not be required to attend an Accredited Professional workshop previously attended.

13. What does an Accredited Professional do?

An Accredited Professional guides the project team in the application of the chosen rating tool to a project and will often also advise on technical aspects of the project related to green building strategies. They are responsible for the submission of the project to the GBCSA for certification and will need to manage the preparation of this submission of behalf of the project team. They are also well placed to provide guidance with regard to how the design, construction or perfor-mance of a building can be improved at various stages of the buildings lifecycle.

14. What are the various Accredited Professional types?

Accredited Professionals are arranged in tiers dependent on qualification, experience and level of activity and engagement in industry.

• Accredited Professional (AP)
An AP is an individual that has met qualifying requirements, completed an Accred-ited Professional Program in their chosen specialization and signed an Accredited Pro-fessional Agreement with the GBCSA. More detail regarding qualifying requirements can be found in the AP Protocol document downloadable from the GBCSA website.
• Accredited Professional Practitioner (AP+)
An AP+ is an AP that has demonstrated higher levels of activity through practicing as an AP and engagement with the GBCSA through attending training, events, tours and other knowledge sharing events in a 12 month period.

Various different AP specializations are available that cover Green Star and Net Zero Certifica-tion Systems. An individual can be recognized to have status in one or many specializations.

15. What is the difference between an Accredited Professional and Accredited Profes-sional Practitioner?

An Accredited Professional Practitioner or AP+ is an AP who has demonstrated high levels of activity and engagement in the green building industry in the last 12 months.

16. When I become an Accredited Professional, can I include my status as part of my title to promote my services?

Yes, you are encouraged to note your accreditation when promoting your services. You can in-clude your credential as part of your title on your business card, email signature, throughout your LinkedIn profile and in any other appropriate location. The GBCSA will issue you with proof of the accreditation in the form of a certificate, downloadable through your profile on the GBCSA web-site.

17. Do I need to renew my accreditation after participation in the Program?

No, you do not need to renew your accreditation as an AP, however you may fulfil the require-ments of an AP+ over time. Therefore the opportunity to upgrade the level of your accreditation exists.

18. Is there a cost to participate in the training Program?

The Program is commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Climate Support Programme and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) at no cost to the trainees. However, successful applicants will be required to cover the cost of travel to the training venues and accommodation where relevant.

19. What happens after the program?

If you attended the Accredited Professional workshop/s, you are now in a position to completecthe program and register as an Accredited Professional in your area of choice by completing the corresponding online course, where applicable and online exam. The online course material and exam can be purchased via the GBCSA website and then accessed using your email address and password via your GBCSA Dashboard/ profile which was set up for you as part of the GIZ DPWI Program.  To learn more about the Accredited Professional Programs, please visit our Accredited Professional Programs webpage and download the AP Protocol document.

Those that attended the full Green Star Accreditation Program/s will be invited to sign the Accredited Professional Agreement agreeing to code of conduct and ethical behaviour in the delivery of green buildings. Upon receipt of this signed document, you will be registered as an AP in your chosen specialisation. Your details will be listed on the searchable GBCSA’s online directory of Accredited Professionals and you’ll be considered part of our community of industry experts in green building certification.  
When you visit your GBCSA Dashboard, be sure to take a moment to fill in all the fields including your biography and photograph and give permission for us to publish this so that visitors to our website know more about you and your work.

20. How will the GBCSA support me after the training?

During the GIZ DPWI Program, each participant was set up with a personal GBCSA Dashboard/profile. You can access this dashboard by visiting the GBCSA homepage and logging in, using your email address and password. 
When you visit your GBCSA Dashboard, be sure to take a moment to fill in all the fields including your biography and photograph and give permission for us to publish this so that visitors to our website know more about you and your work. From your dashboard, you will be able to update your profile and maintain your records, access attendance certificates for any course or event that you attend, Download your AP certificates and see your qualifications, track your AP status, see the projects that you have been involved in certifying, access podcasts, relevant publications and technical manuals, see course materials, send queries and requests directly to GBCSA, see GBCSA social media feeds and see upcoming events.