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.

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.