GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the people who build, renovate, and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge. GPRO Certificate Holders will be poised to work in accordance with new regulations and to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices.

The principal assumption is that participants already know their trade, whether they are plumbers, electricians, or building operators, and this course will give them the additional knowledge they may not have experienced on conventionally-built projects.

Each candidate will take a 4-hour course in Fundamentals of Building Green, which presents the basic issues applicable to most building trades. They will then take a course of 6 – 8 class hours in their field followed by an exam. Upon passing the exam, the participant joins the ranks of thousands of GPRO Certificate Holders who can demonstrate their understanding of green building as it applies to their trade, giving them an edge in the competitive job market. One goal is to make the GPRO credential a common requirement on LEED and sustainable jobs throughout the country.


An Unparalleled Curriculum. Over two years in the making at a cost of over $500,000, GPRO provides engaging, comprehensive instruction on the core issues of sustainable construction, including user-friendly manuals, teaching aids, and a certificate exam specifically designed for the adult learner. Rigorous instructor training and evaluation ensures high-quality course delivery.

An Inclusive Process. GPRO was developed in partnership with leading umbrella organizations representing trades and contractors to ensure that industry needs were being met. The curriculum committees included highly experienced construction managers, building trades, building operators, architects, and engineers, with assistance from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

An International Certificate Program. GPRO provides one multi-state, multi-province third party certificate program for the full range of construction professionals. Starting with the core collection of trade-specific courses, GPRO is distributed and supported through a consortium of U.S. Green Building Council Chapters, educational institutions, nonprofits, public agencies, and private firms across the United States. GPRO is also delivered by the Canada Green Building Council across Canada.

Industry Buy-in. In addition to national contractors already participating in the program, Urban Green Council leverages relationships with major developers to promote demand for workers with GPRO certificates.


Sample GPRO Certificate


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