GBCSA / Accredited Programmes

Accredited Professional Programmes

If you are new in the field, or an experienced expert, the GBCSA accredited programs offer development opportunities through a range of specialised courses which will give you an understanding of the importance of green building, the role of the GBCSA, the course material and the opportunity to be recognised as an Accredited Professional.

The project role of the accredited professional is to guide the project team around the Green Star or Net Zero submission process; advise the client on what credits best suit the available budget and design, and be the liaison between the GBCSA and the project team.

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The EBP rating tool measures the environmental performance of existing buildings and provides insight into all major aspects of environmental sustainability that should be considered in the operational performance of existing buildings.

The New Buildings rating tool measures the environmental performance of new buildings and major refurbishments. The rating can be applies to either a Design or As Built certification process.

The Interiors rating tool provides guidance on the environmental performance of interior fit outs and associated sustainable approaches. This rating can be applied to either a Design or As Built certification process.

The SUP program focuses not on buildings, but the space between them, and so allows the environmental performance of green precincts to be evaluated in the design, construction and operation stage.

When a green building project has zero impact on the environment in one or several areas including carbon, water, waste and ecology, it is rated as Net Zero. This program covers the criteria associated with this rating.

Our EDGE training programme is offered via a series of face to face workshops that educates you about our EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) too. Qualification is via an an online exam. 

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Browse Our AP Directory

Find an Accredited Professional to guide your green building submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to become an AP?

As a registered AP, you will be equipped with the knowledge to guide a project team in the design and certification of a Green Star project. You will be recognised as a professional with a greater understanding of environmental issues related to the built environment and property industry.

Online Vs Face To Face?

In order to qualify for the exam you need to complete both the online and the face to face components of the AP programme. The order in which you choose to complete them does not matter. 

The online course material is focused around the technical details of the rating tool while the face to face gives students opportunity to engage around exercises that seek to give an understanding of the tools in application.

How do I achieve AP status?

There are currently 5 different types of AP accreditation’s offered by the GBCSA. You may become accredited in any or all of the types. The accreditation is building type specific, and the first step in achieving any of these is selecting which one is best suited to your work. You will then need to complete all programme components and pass the exam with 75% in order to become an AP.

How do I become part of the AP Directory?

Once you qualify as an AP you will automatically get added to our database and directory. It is then up to you to upload further details about yourself and keep your profile up to date.


GBCSA leads the way in the journey to net zero buildings

12 October 2017
The first four projects to be certified as Net Zero (pilot) in South Africa are the Vodafone Site Solution Innovation Centre in Midrand, Gauteng; Estuaries Plaza in Century City, Cape Town; and Greenfields Industrial Park in Cape Town and Two Dam Sustainable in Montagu in the Western Cape.
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