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To become a GreenPoint Rated Advisor or Rater, you must demonstrate education in green building and professional experience appropriate to the certification you are seeking. Once you have demonstrated your eligibility by applying for training, your next step will be to take Build It Green’s “GreenPoint Rated Core”.  Please see the matrix below for specific eligibility requirements related to your preferred certification.
  — Eligibility Requirements —
   New Home
   Advisor or Rater
Eligibile Eligibile grey_check grey_check  
   Existing Home
   (Single Family) Advisor
Eligibile Eligibile grey_check grey_check  
   Existing Home
   (Single Family) Rater
Eligibile Eligibile Eligibile Eligibile  
   Existing Home
   Advisor or Rater
Eligibile Eligibile Eligibile Eligibile Eligibile

s_green_check    Indicates required experience small_grey_check    Indicates eligibility options: either building professional
   license/certification or building performance experience.
   Candidate must have one of these.


GreenPoint Rated Core

To achieve a GreenPoint Rated certification, the first step is to take Build It Green’s “GreenPoint Rated Core” training.  You must meet the requirements for a New Home Advisor/Rater or an Existing Home Advisor in order to take this training.
 “GreenPoint Rated Core” is not required for current GreenPoint Rated Advisors and Raters.

Green Building Education

ONE of the following:
  • Build It Green's Certified Green Building Professional
  • U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP)
  • U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Green Associate
  • U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes Green Rater
  • Sustainable Building Advisor Institute's Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA)
  • NAHB Research Center’s National Green Building Certification Program
  • Green Building Initiative's Green Globes Assessor (GGA)
  • Green building certificate from an institution of higher learning

Building Professional License or Certification

ONE of the following:
  • Licensed General Contractor (California)
  • Licensed Architect or Engineer (California)
  • ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI)
  • Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI) or Master CREIA Inspector (MCI)
  • International Code Council (ICC) Building Inspector
  • California Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA) Real Estate Appraiser, Residential License or better (AL, AR, AG)
  • California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) Energy Analyst
  • CABEC Certified Energy Plans Examiner (CEPE)
  • Other comparable license, degree, or certification or four years mastery level experience in residential construction documented through petition option*

Building Performance

ONE of the following, AND (for Existing Home Single Family and Multifamily Raters only) at least four (4) field tests completed in either blower door or duct leakage:
  • California Whole House Home Energy Rater (HERS II)
  • Other Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Rater
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst
  • California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA) certificate of completion for Home Performance with Energy Star course, Levels  1 & 2
  • CHEERS Existing Home Program
  • Existing Home (Single Family) Rater only: Build It Green’s “Understanding the Whole House Approach”
  • Completion of other home performance training including duct testing and envelope evaluation to be submitted via petition option*

Multifamily Experience

To become a GreenPoint Rated Existing Home Multifamily Rater or Advisor, you must attest to your design, construction, evaluation, retrofitting and/or operations experience within multifamily buildings.

* Petition Procedure

Your petition must demonstrate in writing the equivalent of 4 years mastery level experience in new home construction or existing home retrofit and remodel.  Please submit ALL of the following:
  • Current resume or CV
  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience
  • Letter from a credentialed colleague or former manager attesting to your employment or achievements
  • Copies of all relevant documentation, certifications or credentials
  • Submit your supporting documentation to for consideration