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GPRO – Training for the Trades

GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training is a comprehensive national training and certificate program. This program teaches the principles of sustainability and trade-specific green construction knowledge to people who build, renovate and maintain buildings. GPRO is owned and managed by the Urban Green Council and brought to you by CaGBC through expert local certified instructors.

GPRO certificate holders will be prepared 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 buildings.

Are you a professional tradesperson?

As a professional, you already know your trade – whether you are a plumber, electrician, building operator, project manager or coordinator. These courses will give you the additional knowledge you may not have attained on conventionally-built projects.

GPRO Canada benefits

  • Qualify for LEED Credit: Trained contractors, tradespeople, building operators and service workers can qualify for LEED credits.

  • Jobs and Economy: Green building momentum is increasing. It's where the jobs are and where they continue to grow.

  • Comprehensive Certificate Program: Program materials are relevant to what workers need to know in the field. The GPRO exam provides third-party verification that students have completed and understood the material.

  • Building and Construction Trades Lead the Way to Sustainability: Transitioning the building and construction industries to a sustainable future will reduce greenhouse gases while supporting economic recovery and creating green jobs.

  • Long-term Benefits: Better building construction and operations typically result in energy savings and improved building performance that translate into long-term benefits for owners and occupants.

  • Relevant Content: Instructors focus on what is significant for your trade.

  • Flexible Course Delivery: We can accommodate your delivery preferences.

Interested in GPRO courses?

CaGBC offers GPRO courses in a variety of formats and provides learning opportunities that are convenient and beneficial for the individual, the team and the company. For more information on GPRO, please contact CaGBC Education.



Gold Seal Accredited Course Provider

GPRO Canada is Gold Seal Accredited under the Canadian Construction Association (CCA)’s National Gold Seal Certification Program. Gold Seal aims to manage nationally recognized standards of education, experience and excellence for all construction practitioners in Canada.

*Gold seal is a registered mark of the Canadian Construction Association.

 

Courses

 

  Fundamentals of Building Green (4 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

The construction industry is moving quickly towards greener, high-performing buildings, creating increased demand across the country for sustainable building skills.

This course teaches the basics of sustainability and provides an overview of the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings more efficient. GPRO covers the “green gap” between standard trade skills and the new awareness required to successfully implement sustainable building practices.

Individuals with experience in construction and building operations will have an advantage when taking GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green and in passing the certificate exam, however anyone with an interest in green building is encouraged to participate.

GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green is the prerequisite for all GPRO trade-specific courses.

This 4-hour standalone certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Fundamentals qualifies for 4 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

  • Economic and health benefits of green building
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED®
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of building commissioning (systems quality assurance)
 

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Construction Management (10 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

GPRO Construction Management (CM) explains the essential role CMs play on a sustainable construction project. Taught by industry experts using real-life classroom exercises, GPRO CM gives experienced building professionals the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

GPRO CM is ideal for a range of construction and real estate professionals, including:

  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Project managers and site superintendents
  • Foremen
  • Estimators
  • Project architects and engineers
  • Building owners and facilities managers

This 10-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Construction Management qualifies for 10 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

  • Economic and health benefits of green building
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices
  • Understanding LEED® Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning (systems quality assurance)

Part 2: Construction Management

  • The CM’s role in the pre-construction phase of a project
  • Integrating green building systems into the construction schedule
  • Creating and using tools to implement energy efficiency strategies
  • Communicating sustainable construction processes to subcontractors and trades
  • Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
  • Construction Indoor Air Quality
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Critical actions to ensure success during the submittals, rough-in, and fit-out phases
  • The CM’s role in commissioning (Cx) and working effectively with the Cx agent
  • Implementing a post-occupancy review and assessment process
 

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Operations & Maintenance Essentials (12 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

Did you know that efficiently operated and well-maintained buildings can reduce operating costs by 20-50 per cent while improving occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction? This is just one of the many reasons why green operations and maintenance (O&M) practices are in high demand across the country.

Led by industry experts, GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials provides building professionals with the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable operations.

GPRO O&M is ideal for property managers and building staff in multi-family residential and high-rise commercial buildings, including:

  • Building superintendents
  • Operators
  • Facility and property managers
  • Operating engineers
  • Stationary engineers

This 12-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials qualifies for 12 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

  • Economic and health benefits from green buildings
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable operations
  • Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED®
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Operations & Maintenance Essentials

  • Using building metrics to improve performance
  • Improving the building envelope for a healthier building
  • Reducing water use
  • Employing strategies for more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling systems
  • Managing lighting to minimize energy use while maintaining lighting quality
  • Maintaining indoor air quality for tenant comfort
  • Reducing waste
 

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Electrical Systems (10 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

GPRO Electrical Systems (EL) explains the essential role electricians play on sustainable construction projects. Taught by industry experts using real-life classroom exercises, GPRO EL gives experienced electricians the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

GPRO EL is ideal for a range of professionals in the electrical industry, including:

  • Subcontractors
  • Installers
  • Technicians

This 10-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Electrical Systems qualifies for 10 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

  • Economic and health benefits of green building
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices
  • Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED®
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Electrical Systems

  • Important sustainability issues for electricians
  • Economic opportunities for the electrical industry
  • The role of electrical systems within the “whole-building” approach
  • The key differences between green and conventional electrical products and work practices
  • Improving efficiencies in lighting and HVAC
  • New technologies for distributed generation
  • Using benchmarking and other tools to maintain building performance
  • The electrician’s role in the building commissioning process
  • Retrofitting existing buildings with energy-efficient technologies
  • Green bidding issues for electricians
 

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Plumbing (10 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

By improving water efficiency in buildings, plumbers play a particularly important role in the green building process and help conserve a precious natural resource.

Taught by industry experts using real-life classroom exercises, GPRO Plumbing (PL) gives experienced plumbers the critical tools to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

GPRO PL is ideal for a range of professionals in the plumbing industry, including:

  • Subcontractors
  • Installers
  • Technicians

This 10-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Plumbing qualifies for 10 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

  • Economic and health benefits of green building
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices
  • Complying with green codes and standards
  • Understanding LEED®
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Plumbing

  • Important sustainability issues for plumbers
  • The economic advantages of adopting water-efficient technologies
  • Key differences between green and conventional plumbing products and work practices
  • Improving water distribution systems
  • Alternative water supply technologies
  • How to interpret Energy Guide and water use rating systems
  • Maintenance issues on common green fixtures, appliances, and systems
  • Retrofitting existing buildings with water-efficient technologies
  • The plumber’s role in the building commissioning process
  • Green bidding issues for plumbers
 

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Mechanical (12 Hours)

 
 

Course Description

What are the most efficient heating and cooling systems available today? How do mechanical contractors and installers confirm the performance of HVAC systems?

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning account for over 40 per cent of the energy used in buildings. GPRO Mechanical explains how to make HVACR equipment as efficient as possible, while providing the same levels of comfort to occupants. GPRO Mechanical gives experienced construction professionals the critical tools needed to transition from conventional to sustainable construction practices.

GPRO trained mechanical professionals and HVAC contractors can qualify for a LEED® point under LEED® Pilot Credit 81.

GPRO Mechanical is ideal for a range of professionals in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries including:

  • Subcontractors
  • Installers
  • Technicians
  • Estimators

This 12-hour certificate course can be scheduled to meet the needs of your organization. Certificate exam is included.

Continuing Education Credits

GPRO Mechanical qualifies for 12 AIA and GBCI CE Credits.

Students will learn

Part 1: Fundamentals of Building Green

  • Economic and health benefits of green building
  • Causes and impacts of a changing climate
  • Transitioning to sustainable construction practices
  • Understanding LEED®
  • Overview of green building strategies
  • The importance of commissioning

Part 2: Mechanical

  • How sustainability requirements and LEED® affect mechanical trade work
  • Critical indoor air quality assurance practices
  • New technologies and approaches for reducing energy use in HVAC systems
  • How to achieve high efficiency with mechanical insulation and HVAC controls
  • The mechanical trades’ role in testing and balancing, commissioning, and maintenance
  • Important practices for retrofitting HVAC systems in existing buildings
 

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