ISSP Certification

ISSP-CSP Certification Exam Yields Newly Certified Professionals

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When we last wrote about the pending ISSP Sustainability Certification program, we shared the names of the 134 folks who passed their ISSP Sustainability Associate beta exam to join the inaugural class of certified sustainability professionals.

There are two levels of ISSP Certification:

ISSP-CSP Certification Exam Yields Newly Certified Professionals

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.

  Credential Holder  Company  Country
  Steve Alfaro  Everblue Training Institute  USA
  Chirag Amin   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
  Marilyn Johnson  IHS  USA
  Christopher Juniper  SustainaLogic  USA
  Beth Knight  Ernst & Young  United Kingdom
  Mindy Kuth  Kuth Consulting  USA
  Edwin Lim  Ecolibrium Strategies Inc  Canada
  Hunter Lovins  Natural Capitalism Solutions  USA
  Tanis Marquette  Hexion  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
  Renaud Richard  Systeme-change.fr  France
  Craig Riley  AECOM  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).

Looking Forward

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

ISSP-CSP Certification Exam yields newly certified professionalsThe 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.

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About Lesley Cowie

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.