Veterans LEED Exam GI BillVeterans, eligible dependents, and reservists can seek up to $2,000 reimbursement for the cost of any LEED Professional Exams administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Those interested in applying and learning more about the program and related certification benefits should view the VA’s pamphlet on licenses and certifications.

by,  Jessalyn Dingwell, The Green Economy Post

Veterans, eligible dependents, and reservists pursuing a LEED professional credential may be able to seek reimbursement for up to $2,000 in test fees administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). This program is administered through the U.S. Department of Vetrans Affairs (VA) through the G.I. Bill, which provides a variety of benefits to veterans, including educational benefits and loans.

“We are honored to be a part of the VA’s aggressive effort to help Veterans gain the skills and credentials required for full participation in the new, green economy,” said Peter Templeton, President, GBCI. “For those veterans who are pursuing a career in green building or a related field, this support for attaining LEED credentials can go a long way in helping them achieve their professional goals, and GBCI is proud to play a part in their future success.”

Individuals planning to take a LEED Professional Exam must apply directly to the VA for reimbursement. Under this agreement, the VA will cover up to $2,000 per exam. Anyone who took a LEED Professional Exam after December 3, 2008 is eligible for reimbursement. Those interested in applying and learning more about the program and related certification benefits should view the VA’s pamphlet on licenses and certifications.

GBCI administers exams for professionals wishing to earn a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP credential, which support the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating systems. The LEED Green Associate credential is designed for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. The five LEED AP credentials distinguish green building practitioners who have demonstrated proficiency and specialization in the LEED rating systems for Building Design + Construction (BD+C), Interior Design + Construction (ID+C), Operations + Maintenance (O+M), Homes, or Neighborhood Development (ND).

For more information on the LEED Professional Exams and Credentials, visit www.gbci.org.

For more information on applying for VA  reimbursement for LEED exams, visit: www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/LC_brochure.pdf.
Call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)

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Author: Jessalyn Dingwell (13 Articles)

Jessalyn Dingwell is an attorney and Green Building aficionado living in Washington, DC. A daring high school science fair project involving solar energy, an incredible amount of copper tubing, and a precarious rooftop fueled her lifelong curiosity and passion for renewable energy sources and building energy-efficiency. Jessalyn serves on several committees at the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment and frequently contributes to the Council's Water Committee programming. Prior to law school, she spent several years at the Corporate Executive Board providing marketing best practices to Fortune 500 companies in the US, then managing the European team based in London. Feel free to contact her at: jessalyn@greeneconomypost.com.