The beta testing process has concluded for the ISSP-CSP certification exam, so we now have a list of certified professionals to celebrate!
There are two levels of ISSP Certification:
- ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) – the entry-level designation and a pre-requisite before pursuing the next step
- ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) – the advanced credential that can only be achieved after passing the ISSP-SA exam
Just as the ISSP-SA exam had a beta exam, the ISSP-CSP likewise offered a beta exam to ISSP members who took the ISSP-SA exam. The International Society of Sustainability Professionals, or ISSP, recently announced the names of its first cohort of the ISSP-CSP credential holders. We’re proud to say that the same four Everblue staff members who passed their ISSP-SA exams also passed their ISSP-CSP exams! Without further adieu, here is the full list.
|Steve Alfaro||Everblue Training Institute||USA|
|Dorothy Atwood||Dorothy Fisher Atwood Consulting||USA|
|Stacey Baumgarn||Colorado State University||USA|
|Matt Beck||Husky Energy||Canada|
|Christophe Bongars||SustainAsia||Hong Kong|
|Nicole Bradford||GE Capital||Australia|
|Lucinda Brown||STET Sustainability||USA|
|Manuel Ceja||Proctor & Gamble||USA|
|John Cook||University of California Riverside||USA|
|Julian Crawford||Ernst & Young||Australia|
|Joan Darvish-Rouhani||Everblue Training Institute||USA|
|Julian Dautremont-Smith||Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education||USA|
|Suzanne Davis-Hall||Klohn Crippen Berger||Canada|
|Maria Dian Nurani||Indonesia|
|Vince DiFrancesco||Everblue Training Institute||USA|
|Neil Drobny||Ohio State University||USA|
|Elaine Durr||Elon University||USA|
|Alejandro Florenzano||Fundacion Chile||Chile|
|Amy Haddon||Renewable Choice Energy||USA|
|Simon Harvey||Business Lab||New Zealand|
|Jennifer Hobson||Business Lab||New Zealand|
|Scott Hoover||Everblue Training Institute||USA|
|Ian Johnson||Colorado College||USA|
|Beth Knight||Ernst & Young||United Kingdom|
|Mindy Kuth||Kuth Consulting||USA|
|Edwin Lim||Ecolibrium Strategies Inc||Canada|
|Hunter Lovins||Natural Capitalism Solutions||USA|
|Adam Marr||Step Beyond Business Advisors||Australia|
|Melody Martin||OGE Energy Corporation||USA|
|Brian McFarland||Carbonfund.org Foundation Inc||USA|
|Sara McKinstry||University of California San Diego||USA|
|Tad Radzinski||Sustainable Solutions Corporation||USA|
|Oscar Rodriguez-Gonzalez||Rodriguez-Gonzalez Services||Canada|
|Fabian Sack||Sustainably PLC||Australia|
|Ibrahim Salau||Environmental Accord Ltd||Nigeria|
|Daita Serghi||Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education||USA|
|Kelly Simmons||University of Colorado Boulder||USA|
|Mark Starik||American University||USA|
|Nathan Stinnette||RS&H Inc||USA|
|Lesley-Joan Stone||The University of Auckland||New Zealand|
|Shannon Tocchini||Port of Portland||USA|
|Joseph Tong||Hong Kong Productivity Council||Hong Kong|
|Kevin Wilhelm||Sustainable Business Consulting||USA|
|Bob Willard||Sustainability Advantage||Canada|
|Jeff Yorzyk||Cardno Inc||USA|
All of the individuals listed above successfully completed both the ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP exams, achieving the highest level of sustainability certification that ISSP offers. I assume that the ISSP-CSP designation will replace the ISSP-SA credential previously earned, much like how LEED AP replaces LEED Green Associate once it is achieved.
I’ll be interested to see if ISSP-CSP credential holders update their email signatures with only the ISSP-CSP acronym. By the way, the official acronym is, in fact, formatted as follows: ISSP-CSP. The standalone CSP acronym already exists for the Certified Safety Professional, so to avoid any confusion, credential holders are required to identify their designation as ISSP-CSP (hyphen and all).
Second Round of ISSP-SA Beta Exams
In order to test changes made after the first beta testing session, ISSP has opened up another round of beta testing for the ISSP-SA exam. The second beta is open to ISSP members only and costs $100. Anyone who passes the ISSP-SA beta exam will officially earn the title of an ISSP Sustainability Associate.
Registration for the second beta opened on January 18th. Registration will close on March 25th, or when the 100-candidate limit has been reached. The test window itself will be open from January 18 to March 31, which means that candidates will have the flexibility to take the exams almost immediately after they register. The exam is offered anytime, so candidates have equal flexibility in scheduling the exam at their leisure.
The cut score, or passing score, will be based on the cut score determined by the first beta exam. With this score already in place, candidates of the second beta will know their results within five business days.
ISSP Certification Program Launch
The ISSP Sustainability Certification program will officially launch some time in the second quarter of 2016. Currently, the beta exams are limited to ISSP members. This will not be the case when the certification program officially launches.
ISSP Educational Partners Program
ISSP is in the process of working on an ISSP Education Partners program. The education committee is currently working on the partnership agreement for interested organizations and the criteria for eligibility. The ISSP Education Partners program is set to launch in March 2016.
ISSP Study Guide
In conjunction with the ISSP Education Partners program, ISSP has also started a Study Guide Task Force. This group has been charged with consolidating relevant information for the conduct of work of sustainability professionals worldwide, building upon ISSP works such as:
- ISSP Core Competency Study
- ISSP Body of Knowledge
- ISSP Job Task Analysis
- ISSP Glossary of Terms
- ISSP Sustainability Professional Code of Ethical Practice and Values
The ISSP Study Guide is scheduled to be published in April 2016.
ISSP-CSP Specialty Tracks?
And, finally, it was unofficially announced that ISSP may have aspirations to spin off the ISSP-CSP certification exam into a variety of specialties, much like the LEED AP program. They are considering specialty paths in Municipality and Higher Education. Since we are in the early stages of the ISSP Sustainability Certification program, I wouldn’t expect these specialties to be rolled out until at least 2017 or 2018.