Frequently Asked Questions:

LEED Strategic Practices (LSP) Program


  1. Do I have to take the entire LSP program or can I take only the courses that apply to me?
  2. Do I need to have experience in green building to take any of the individual LSP courses or to participate in the full program?
  3. I am taking/have already taken the LEED Green Associate exam.  Should I also take the LSP program?
  4. What is the difference between registering course-by-course and registering for the full program?
  5. What is the difference between a “program” and a “course”?
  6. Are there any prerequisites for the program or courses?
  7. How do I register for the whole program or for the individual courses?
  8. Can I receive GBCI Continuing Education (CE) credits for participating in the LSP program?
  9. How long will it take to complete the program or course?
  10. I can’t get through the content in six weeks. Can I extend my enrolment?
  11. When can I get started?
  12. If I am taking the full program, will there be breaks in between the courses or does it run straight through until completion?
  13. Can I take more than one course simultaneously?
  14. Can I postpone a course in which I am already enrolled?
  15. What kind of support does the faculty offer?
  16. Whom can I contact for technical support?
  17. What if I decide a course or the program isn’t right for me; can I get a refund?
  18. Are there any scholarships/funding resources for which I can apply to help cover the cost of the course? 
  19. When I complete my LSP course or program, will I receive a certificate?
  20. When will final grades be available?




1. Do I have to take the entire LSP program or can I take only the courses that apply to me?

The LSP program is flexible; you can either take the whole LSP program to gain a full understanding of the LEED certification process, or select only the courses that apply to your profession or interest.

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2. Do I need to have experience in green building to take any of the individual LSP courses or to participate in the full program?

Green building experience is not necessary; however, it is highly recommended to have foundational knowledge, gained either through the LEED Green Associate credential, the LEED Core Concepts and Strategies course or LSP Course 1: Introduction to LEED and the Integrated Design Process.

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3. I am taking/have already taken the LEED Green Associate exam.  Should I also take the LSP program?

It is very beneficial both to obtain the LEED Green Associate credential and to participate in the LSP program. The LEED Green Associate credential is internationally recognized, providing foundational knowledge about LEED and green building concepts. The LSP program builds upon the LEED Green Associate credential by offering hands-on experience with the LEED rating system. Additionally, the LSP program is focused on Canadian content.

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4. What is the difference between registering course-by-course and registering for the full program?

Registrants for the full program receive a 20 per cent discount off the total cost of registering for each of the seven courses individually. Full program students will be automatically enrolled in each of the seven courses sequentially, one at a time, for a six-week enrolment period per course. Students purchasing individual courses will be enrolled within two business days of registration, for a six-week enrolment period per course.

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5. What is the difference between a “program” and a “course”?

Programs are longer in duration than courses. Courses may be taken individually, whereas programs must be taken as a whole to qualify to receive a program certificate.

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6. Are there any prerequisites for the program or courses?

No, there are no prerequisites for the LSP program. However, it is highly recommended to either have obtained the LEED Green Associate credential, or taken either the LEED Core Concepts and Strategies course or LSP Course 1: Introduction to LEED and the Integrated Design Process. For more information, please contact CaGBC Education.

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7. How do I register for the whole program or for the individual courses?

You can purchase the full program here, or register course-by-course here.

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8. Can I receive GBCI Continuing Education (CE) credits for participating in the LSP program?

Yes. All courses in the LSP program have been approved by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for a number of Continuing Education (CE) hours counting toward credential maintenance. You can find the number of hours offered for each course on the individual course registration pages.

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9. How long will it take to complete the program or course?

You have six weeks to complete each course. If you are registered for the full program, you must complete it within 12 months of the day you receive access to your first course. You also have the option to complete your course or program faster; please contact CaGBC Education to find out how you can fast track. Students who are unable to complete their program or course within the prescribed number of weeks or months may apply for an extension.

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10. I can’t get through the content in six weeks. Can I extend my enrolment?

The program has been designed to give students ample time to complete each course within the six-week timeframe. However, you may request a two-week course extension. Please note that an administration fee of $50 (plus tax) will apply.

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11. When can I get started?

Courses are open for enrolment at any time during the year. You will get access to the material within two to four business days of making your tuition payment, and you can get started immediately afterwards.

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12. If I am taking the full program, will there be breaks in between the courses or does it run straight through until completion?

Yes, students have a one-week break between each course. However, if you have decided to fast track, you can forgo the break and start your next course immediately.

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13. Can I take more than one course simultaneously?

While students may take more than one course at a time, it is not recommended before first speaking to a CaGBC Education Coordinator. Please contact us to discuss your options.

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14. Can I postpone a course in which I am already enrolled?

Students who need to temporarily stop their studies for extenuating personal or medical circumstances may request a postponement by notifying CaGBC Education in writing. Students can postpone their course for up to three months. For more information, please contact CaGBC Education or refer to your course syllabus.

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15. What kind of support does the faculty offer?

Faculty members are your first point of contact for questions related to program/course content and assignments. They are also responsible for marking your assignments.

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16. Whom can I contact for technical support?

If you are having trouble accessing CaGBC Central or the courses within CaGBC Central, please contact CaGBC Education. If you have other technical support questions related to your course materials, please email CaGBC Education or contact your instructor.

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17. What if I decide a course or the program isn’t right for me; can I get a refund?

Depending on the timing of cancellation/withdrawal, you may be eligible for a refund. Please refer to our cancellation policy for more information.

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18. Are there any scholarships/funding resources for which I can apply to help cover the cost of the course? 

At this time, CaGBC does not offer any scholarships/financial aid. However, significant discounts are offered on registration fees to full-time students with proof of status; please contact CaGBC Education to find out more. Registrants for the full program also receive a 20 per cent discount off the total cost of registering for each of the seven courses individually.

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19. When I complete my LSP course or program, will I receive a certificate?

Upon successful completion of each LSP course, you will be able to download a certificate of completion directly from each course’s virtual classroom. If you complete the entire program, you will receive a program completion certificate from CaGBC Education             .

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20. When will final grades be available?

Final grades are available two weeks after you submit your final assignment.

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