It's time to hit the books for professional credentials, as changes are afoot with both the LEED credential tests and Green Globes Professional courses.

First up: Green Globes. When Jerry Yudelson stepped into the role president for the Green Building Initiative (GBI) earlier this year, he laid out the goal of growing the Green Globes certification program and brand. The group is working toward this goal by offering free access to its online certification course for Green Globes Professionals (GGPs) until April 15. The promotion, which normally costs $750, includes the GGP application, training, exam, and initial two-year certification. After the initial two year period, certified GGPs must pay biennial membership dues to maintain certification and access to training materials.

GGPs are certified to guide building projects through the Green Globes system and can range in profession from facility managers to builders, architects, and engineers. Applicants must have at least five years of industry experience. However, anyone may audit the GGP course. The five-hour, self-paced online course is eligible for five learning hours in Health, Safety and Welfare from the American Institute of Architects. Upon completion of the course, qualified candidates may take the GGP certification exam. Click here for more information.

In other testing-related news, the USGBC has announced that LEED Professional Credential exams will begin featuring LEED v4 content in June. The last day to take credential exams for LEED Green Associate and LEED AP status under the v2009 content is June 15. After a two-week gap where no tests will be administered,exams with the new v4 content will begin being administered on June 30.

In addition, under the new exam, LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the LEED AP exam for the first time. The current requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of applying for the exam will be eliminated after June 30. Click here to learn more about the LEED credentialing exam changes.