EDGE Experts are professionals who help a developer, owner and larger project team understand the EDGE standard, software, and certification system. The scope of an EDGE Expert’s work includes advice on green design and assistance with preparation of an application for EDGE certification.
Want to be seen by building developers and owners as a trusted resource and adviser on EDGE certification? Earn your EDGE Expert credential and expand your business and services in the marketplace. Here is what you need to know about the process.
LEED APs are prequalified. If you are not a LEED AP, you must have A) a higher education qualification (at least a bachelor’s degree) in a construction industry related field -OR- B) a higher education qualification (at least a bachelor’s degree) in another field + three years of experience working in the construction industry as a skilled professional or tradesperson.
Attend GBCI’s EDGE Technical Workshop. The workshop covers the basics of EDGE, the certification process, and how to use the EDGE software. It will also prepare EDGE Expert candidates to take the EDGE Exam.
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GBCI’s EDGE Technical Workshop is also available online, on-demand in English or Spanish for only $150. The workshop includes multiple videos, quizzes and a practical exercise. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like.
You will receive instructions on how to sign up for the exam after completing GBCI's training. The EDGE Exam is administered by Prometric (a third-party testing center) and currently costs $100 USD. A complete list of test center locations may be found at prometric.com/edge by clicking on the “Locate a Test Center” link. You may also take the EDGE Exam from the comfort of your home or office as long as your workspace and computer meet the requirements specified in the Remotely Proctored Candidate Information Bulletin.
The exam is administered via computer and consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, with a 2.5-hour limit. All exams are closed-book. The exam is currently available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Indonesian Bahasa. Be sure to check out our tips on how to pass the EDGE Exam on your first try and review your training materials and EDGE publications before sitting for the exam.
EDGE Auditors review a building project submitted for EDGE certification and assess whether the building design and constructed building meet the EDGE requirements. For new buildings, Auditors conduct a Design Audit during the design phase, after which a Preliminary Certificate can be issued, and a Site Audit after the construction phase, after which a final EDGE Certificate can be issued by GBCI.
GBCI clients are able to select and contract their own local GBCI EDGE Auditor. EDGE Auditor fees are competitively set by individual EDGE Auditors.
Are you a current EDGE Expert and want to also become an EDGE Auditor? Here is what you need to know about the process.
Acceptable construction industry roles:
Submit your application
ONLY IF YOU ALREADY HAVE YOUR EDGE EXPERT CREDENTIAL
Applicants must upload a copy of their EDGE Expert certificate in the application.
GBCI will review your application and notify you if you are approved.
Duration: About 8.5 hours
Format: Students must successfully complete two audit exercises as well as a short quiz after each of the 5 online modules. The Audit Final Exercise submission (mock audit exam) will be graded for quality. Only candidates with a high-quality submission will pass the workshop and become GBCI EDGE Auditors. No refunds are offered for students that do not pass the workshop.
Partner with GBCI and grow your green building consultancy as a GBCI EDGE One-Stop Shop
The GBCI EDGE One-Stop Shop model enables your architectural, engineering, or green building consulting firm to grow your revenue by making your firm the single destination for all of your client’s EDGE certification needs. Through this model your firm can provide both EDGE Auditor services and EDGE Expert or other consultancy services, creating a more seamless certification experience for your customers.