ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification

ISSP credentials recognize individuals dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place – economically, socially and environmentally. ISSP certified professionals help organizations and communities of all types integrate sustainability culture and practice throughout business operations. Earn recognition for your knowledge, skills and abilities by earning an ISSP sustainability professional credential. 

GBCI offers two professional credentials – the ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP – for sustainability practitioners that provide third-party verification of competency in the field of sustainability. The ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credentials were developed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and are owned and administered by GBCI. Collectively, these credentials recognize individuals who have the skills to foster innovation, transform culture and embed sustainable practices in organizations and communities throughout the world. 

Earning an ISSP credential demonstrates to the market that you:

  • Understand and can communicate sustainability topics to diverse audiences
  • Are abreast of the most current sustainability issues, tools and techniques
  • Are able to apply systems thinking in developing sustainability solutions and assess sustainability risks and opportunities in any organization, community or industry
  • Are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating the integration of sustainability into organizational culture and practice 

The ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credentials are based on years of research by hundreds of sustainability professionals and organizations to define the core competencies required to be effective in the field and provide formal recognition of knowledge, skills and abilities. They are designed for sustainability professionals in every industry and region, including those who might not have a sustainability-related job title. Regardless of whether you are a recent graduate, changing fields, or a longtime professional, one of our sustainability credentials will meet your needs.

Each credential is valid for 2 years and requires ongoing professional development activities. Learn more in the CMP Guide.

ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA)

The ISSP-SA credential is designed for those who are new to or are interested in entering the sustainability field, including students, recent graduates and/or early career professionals. To earn an ISSP-SA, candidates must demonstrate a solid grasp of core sustainability concepts.

Registration & Eligibility

To earn your ISSP-SA, simply purchase, schedule, and pass the exam. Register here for the ISSP-SA exam.

The Exam

The ISSP-SA exam requires successful completion of 75 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within 2 hours. Learn more by downloading the Candidate Handbook below.

Resources

A comprehensive set of study materials is offered through ISSP to help you prepare for the exams. For a detailed walkthrough of the credentialing process, including rescheduling, cancellation and refund policies, download the Candidate Handbook below.

Download the ISSP-SA & ISSP-CSP Candidate Handbook

ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP)

The ISSP-CSP is a professional who has extensive experience in the sustainability field and is designed for individuals who are looking to gain formal recognition for their sustainability knowledge, skills and abilities. In order to earn an ISSP-CSP, candidates must demonstrate professional excellence in and mastery of several key fields including core sustainability concepts as well as stakeholder engagement, planning and implementing sustainability strategies, evaluating efforts and adjusting sustainability plans. 

Registration & Eligibility

Earning an ISSP-SA is a prerequisite to becoming an ISSP-CSP. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, sustainability-related professional experience or a combination of education and experience (5 years of professional experience within the last 10 years, 4 years of professional experience within the last 8 years plus one year of education/training, or 3 years of professional experience within the last 6 years plus two years of education/training) and three professional references. Registrants must agree to abide by the GBCI Disciplinary and Exam Appeals Policy.

In order to apply to take the ISSP-CSP exam, you must submit a complete application form. Once the application is accepted, you must purchase, schedule and pass the exam. Click here for ISSP-CSP application instructions.

The Exam

The ISSP-CSP exam requires successful completion of 100 multiple choice questions and must be completed within 2.5 hours. Learn more by downloading the Candidate Handbook below.

Resources

A comprehensive set of study materials is offered through ISSP to help you prepare for the exams. For a detailed walkthrough of the credentialing process, including rescheduling, cancellation and refund policies, download the Candidate Handbook below.

Download the ISSP-SA & ISSP-CSP Candidate Handbook

ISSP-SA Fees USGBC and ISSP Members Nonmembers
ISSP-SA Exam
(Includes $50 registration admin fee)
$175 $350
ISSP-CSP Fees USGBC and ISSP Members Nonmembers
ISSP-CSP Application $75 $150
ISSP-CSP Exam
(Includes $50 registration admin fee)
$175 $300
Renewal Fees Every 2 Years USGBC and ISSP Members Nonmembers
ISSP-SA $75 $150
ISSP-CSP $100 $200

 

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