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EcoDistricts Accredited Professional

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EcoDistricts Accredited Professional (AP) is the only credential demonstrating a commitment to creating sustainable, equitable neighborhoods that meet the EcoDistricts Certified standard.

EcoDistricts AP is for anyone involved in community development, including architects, planners, landscape architects, urban designers, public policymakers, developers, and staff members at public redevelopment agencies and community-based organizations.

IN-PERSON TRAINING

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ONLINE TRAINING

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ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL EXAM

TAKE THE AP EXAM

How to become an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional

The EcoDistricts AP credential is available worldwide. Here’s how to earn it:

  1. Attend an EcoDistritcts Foundation Course—you can participate in one of our daylong, in-person courses or take the course online. (Required)
  2. Reinforce what you learn in the Foundation Course by studying our step-by-step guide to the EcoDistricts Certified standard. (Recommended)
  3. Take the open-book EcoDistricts AP exam online. The exam is open-book, and you must get a score of at least 70% to pass.


Choose the EcoDistricts Foundation Course That’s Right for You

The EcoDistricts Foundation Course is the first step toward becoming an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional. In the course, you’ll learn how to implement the EcoDistricts Certified standard, which puts equity, resilience and climate protection at the center of all development decisions. The course is available throughout the year in various locations in the U.S. or online.

Foundation Course fees

In-person courses
$265 for EcoDistricts members (log in for your member discount code)
$365 for nonmembers
$125 for students and community members (please email us for instructions to access student/community member pricing)

Online course
$195 for EcoDistricts members (log in for your member discount code)
$295 for nonmembers
$95 for students and community members (please email us for instructions to access student/community member pricing)

Attend the course in person

Find out where upcoming courses are being offered, and register to attend. Along with learning about EcoDistricts Certified, participants at in-person courses also get the chance to apply the standrd in interactive working sessions.

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Take the course online

Practitioners across the globe can register to take the course online, on their own time.

REGISTER FOR THE ONLINE FOUNDATION COURSE

 


Ready to take the EcoDistricts AP exam?

After you’ve completed the EcoDistricts Foundation Course in person or online, you can register to take the online, open-book exam whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Once you’ve registered for the exam and paid the exam fee, you’ll be prompted to log into your account to access your private exam link. You can begin the exam any time after you’ve registered. Once you begin, you have 24 hours to complete the exam.

AP Exam fees:

$195 for EcoDistricts members (log in for your member discount code)
$295 for nonmembers
$95 for students and community members (please email us for instructions to access student/community member pricing)

REGISTER FOR THE AP EXAM


“The EcoDistricts AP is the signature credential to show that you believe in processes that promote equity, sustainability, and resilience at the district scale. I enjoy studying rating systems and this is not a rating system- it is a paradigm shift that will produce positive impacts for new and existing communities.”

Dominique Hargreaves, EcoDistricts AP
Executive Director, US Green Building Council – LA

“As a longtime advocate for EcoDistricts, becoming an EcoDistricts AP seemed a natural extension of that commitment. The credential represents a deeper understanding of the challenging and rewarding process of creating great neighborhoods that will endure.”

Alan Scott, EcoDistricts AP
Director, YR&G


Maintaining your EcoDistricts AP credential

EcoDistricts APs maintain their credential by earning 30 continuing education hours every two years.  Virtually all of these hours can be earned while also earning AIA, ALSA, AICP or GBCI credits. Credits may be earned as follows:

  • Attend or teach credential maintenance or education courses offered, or sanctioned by, EcoDistricts or related organizations.
  • Attend or teach credential maintenance or education courses related to at least one of the Protocol Imperatives or Priorities offered, or sanctioned by, related organizations.
  • Volunteer with a neighborhood sustainability project that includes at least one Protocol Imperative of Priority (up to 8 hours/annually).
  • Publish a technical paper on a neighborhood sustainability topic related to at least one of the Protocol Imperatives or Priorities in a peer-reviewed journal (up to 8 hours/annually).

If credential maintenance hours are not reported every two years, the AP credential may be suspended until the individual reapplies, pays the exam fee, and passes the exam again.

EcoDistricts may revoke an AP credential upon the reporting and verification of professional misconduct related to credential use. Misconduct is defined as unethical actions or submission of inaccurate or misleading information.