The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for buildings is the gold standard for green buildings in the United States and around the world. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) are recognized experts in LEED that can navigate the green building process and help buildings attain LEED Certification. Thus, LEED AP EBOM takes it a step further, enabling LEED AP professionals to specialize in a specific version of LEED. In this case, EBOM represents Existing Buildings Operations + Maintenance.
As green building goes mainstream, professionals from all backgrounds are seeking the coveted LEED AP title by taking the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEEP AP Exam. The exam, however, has a notoriously low pass rate and is scheduled to double in length after March 31, 2009 from two to four hours. With a staff experienced in both green building and test preparation, Everblue Training Institute has developed exam preparation classes designed both to inform students about the basics of LEED and to help them pass the exam. As the LEED New Construction (LEED-NC) and LEED Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) exams retire on March 31, 2009, Everblue will be ready on April 1 to offer test prep classes for the next generation of the standard: LEED 2009. LEED O+M is the first of five exams that will become available throughout 2009, and Everblue plans to have courses available for each as they become available.
After an overwhelming initial response for its training, Everblue’s LEED Exam courses are now available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The company plans to continue expanding its offerings into other major U.S. markets in throughout 2009 and will begin offering LEED AP EBOM Exam Prep courses in the spring of 2009 as the new exam becomes available.