EDGE Experts & Auditors

Edge Expert IconEDGE Experts

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.

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Earn your EDGE Expert credential

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.

Step 1: Review eligibility criteria

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.

Step 2: Complete EDGE Expert training

Complete GBCI’s EDGE Technical Workshop. The workshop qualifies EDGE Expert candidates to take the EDGE Exam and covers the basics of EDGE, the certification process, and how to use the EDGE software.

GBCI’s EDGE Technical Workshop is available online, on-demand in English or Spanish for only $150. The workshop consists of five on-demand sessions, with quizzes, a practical exercise, and other interactive features and resources. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you like.

Delivery Format: Online on-demand
Fee: $150
Duration: 8 hours
Description: The online workshop consists of on-demand modules with interactive features, videos, and text. Students must complete the EDGE App Practical Exercise and upload their results, as well as pass a quiz at the end of the workshop.
Languages: English or Spanish

Register for English version Course Brochure
Regístrese para la versión en español Información del curso

***As part of GBCI's commitment to provide excellent, value-added service to our clients, we now offer free online, on-demand EDGE Experts training in English for up to two project team members for each registered EDGE project. Learn more about registering your project.

Step 3: Pass the EDGE Exam

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 Auditor IconEDGE Auditors

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.

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Become an EDGE Auditor

Are you a current EDGE Expert and want to also become an EDGE Auditor? Here is what you need to know about the process.

Step 1: Review eligibility criteria and submit your application
EDGE Auditor candidates must meet all three criteria:
  1. Be a current EDGE Expert (including completing the EDGE Experts training and passing the EDGE Exam).
  2. Hold a higher education qualification in a construction industry related field.
  3. Have three years of practical work experience in the construction industry. Note experience in green building certification (such as EDGE, LEED, WELL, GRIHA, BREEAM, DGNB, etc.), with at least one certified project is preferred.

Acceptable construction industry roles:

  • Architect
  • Architectural technologist
  • Bid manager
  • Building surveyor
  • CAD technician
  • Civil engineer
  • Contracts manager
  • Contractor
  • Construction manager
  • Developer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Estimator
  • Energy/environmental engineer
  • Facilities manager
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Planner
  • Procurement and contracts management
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Site engineer
  • Site manager
  • Skilled tradesperson
  • Structural engineer

Submit your application

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.

Step 2: Complete GBCI's EDGE Auditor Candidate Workshop, including passing a mock audit exam
    GBCI's EDGE Auditor Candidate Workshop is available online, on-demand. Registration for this workshop is open by personal invitation only to EDGE Auditor candidates that hold an EDGE Expert certificate whose applications (Step 1) have been approved. New candidates will be invited to register for the workshop after their applications have been approved.

    Price: $399
    Language: English
    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.

Step 3: Sign EDGE Auditor Agreement with GBCI & begin auditing EDGE projects
  • EDGE Auditor candidates that successfully complete the EDGE Auditor Candidate Workshop will be sent an EDGE Auditor Agreement.
  • Sign and return your EDGE Auditor Agreement to GBCI.
  • Submit your maintenance fee of $150 / INR 10,000 (covers two year period).
  • GBCI will consider you an ‘interim’ EDGE Auditor.
  • Proactively market and sell your EDGE Auditor services. In addition, GBCI will list your name and email on our site so that potential clients may contact you directly.
  • Start auditing and submitting projects in any country where GBCI administers EDGE certification.
  • GBCI will review every project you submit and evaluate the quality of your work. After you meet GBCI’s quality expectations, you will be considered an ‘approved’ EDGE Auditor.
Step 4: Maintain your active EDGE Auditor status
  • Maintain active status with a biennial maintenance fee of $150 / INR 10,000 and by completing one of the following activities every 2 years: a project audit, a refresher training of at least 4 hours, a retake of the EDGE Exam or another activity as determined by GBCI.
  • You may provide EDGE Auditor services in any country where GBCI administers EDGE certification.

Partner with GBCI as an EDGE One-Stop Shop

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.

Learn how your firm can become a GBCI EDGE One-Stop Shop.