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About Accredited Professionals (APs)

Accredited Professionals play a pivotal role in championing a project's sustainability objectives and targets.

Whether you’re applying for Green Star, Energy Water Performance (EWP) or Net Zero certification, an Accredited Professional (AP) can be your trusted ally in achieving your rating goals by guiding your team and managing the certification submission requirements. APs are qualified in the process and technical requirements for specific green building tools, and can deliver successful submissions to GBCSA.

What is the role of an AP?

An AP serves as the driving force behind a project’s sustainability aspirations.
They work closely with the project owner to define the project’s core purpose, and work closely with the team to guide the project to achieving its greatest potential as a green building.

A typical scope of an AP includes, but is not limited to:

All GBCSA APs have undergone training, and successfully passed the competency exam. These professionals are independent third parties, external to GBCSA, and their contracts and fees are negotiated directly with the project developers.

Choosing an AP

For GBCSA Accreditations (Green Star, EWP and Net Zero) you may notice that APs have an additional “c” or “+” applied next to their “AP” titles.  This is known as AP tiering, and it simplifies the process of choosing an AP for your project, offering transparency and facilitating ongoing professional development for APs.

 

AP tiers and their meanings:

  • Accredited Professional Candidate (APc): Current student, or recent graduate in a building industry related field with less than six months industry experience
  • Accredited Professional: Individuals with either two years’ experience or a recognised tertiary qualification. These are typically individuals who have completed the AP course to enhance their understanding of green building, but who are not actively practising as APs in their daily work.
  • Accredited Professional Practitioner (AP+): Active APs engaged in continuous learning activities over a 12-month period. AP+ professionals are experienced advisors who actively work on Green Star and Net Zero projects in South Africa and Africa. When certifying a project, appointing an Accredited Professional Practitioner (AP+) is recommended as one of your first steps.



Note: All AP tiers above have successfully completed the relevant GBCSA Green Building AP Certification Program.

Selecting an AP is an excellent first step in your sustainability journey and should deliver positive outcomes for your project. Whilst the GBCSA cannot endorse any specific APs or regulate fees, we recommend three key steps to select the most suitable AP for your project:

Use the AP Directory: Search for an AP with the appropriate skills, experience, and location for your project. You can refine your search based on technical background, location, years of experience, or AP tiering. Opting for APs with “AP+” tiering is advisable when seeking a qualified green building professional.

Explore GBCSA’s Projects Directory to find similar projects to yours: Discover similar projects to yours in the Project Directory, where you can find information on APs who have worked on those projects. This helps you identify APs with relevant experience, who might be a good fit for your project. For example, if you are looking for a Net Zero Water AP, search for projects that have already been certified with this rating tool. The case studies can also provide valuable additional detail and ideas that might also inspire your own projects.

Follow a robust appointment process: Collect multiple proposals, compare services and pricing, and ensure clarity on certification requirements and additional value offered by the consultant. It doesn’t need to be daunting to undertake your first green building project. When choosing an AP or other consultants, we suggest the following steps to make the process smoother:

Compare Multiple Proposals:
Collect at least two or more proposals to ensure you have options to compare services and pricing. Make sure you provide the same project requirements outline to all consultants. If you need assistance in defining your project scope, feel free to reach out to us at GBCSA directly.

Experience Matters:
Whenever possible, consider working with a green building consultant who has a track record of successfully certifying projects. Alternatively, they can partner with or receive support from a seasoned consultant with a history of successful certifications. At GBCSA, we support and encourage the growth and mentorship of emerging APs. Exploring collaborative opportunities can be a rewarding and enriching experience for all involved.

Thorough Proposal Assessment:
When evaluating the proposals you receive, make sure you clearly understand what’s required for certification and what’s offered as additional value. This clarity will help you make an informed decision about which consultant to choose.

GBCSA AP Protocol

sets out the process that individuals to work as Green Star or Net Zero APs, as well as the pathway to and maintenance of status as AP+.

Accredited Professional Directory

Our directory provides contact details for Accredited Professionals tailored to suit your project’s type and location. Find the ideal AP to support your green journey here.

Are you interested in becoming an AP?
See the latest courses on offer from GBCSA Academy.

  • Aadil Mahomed

    Qualifications

    • Candidate AP - New Buildings
  • Aadil Fayzoo

    Pretoria, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Aashik Khoosal

    Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP Existing Building Performance
  • Abdul-Khaaliq Mohamed

    Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abdurahgiem Dollie

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abhisek Chakraborty

    Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abigail James

    Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abongile Mvukuzo

    Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abré Maree

    Khomas Region, Namibia

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Abrie Johann Vermeulen

    Pretoria, Gauteng

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Adam Brews

    Cape Town, Western Cape

    Qualifications

    • Green Star AP New Buildings
  • Adam Fleiser

    Qualifications

    • Candidate AP - New Buildings
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Individual Membership

Designed for professionals acting in their individual capacity, including single consultant-businesses.

Organisational Membership

Ideal for companies, government departments, and organisations.

  • Total Employees: 1 - 5 Employees - R 4080.00
  • Total Employees: 6 - 20 Employees - R 12570.00
  • Total Employees: 21 - 50 Employees - R 24690.00
  • Total Employees: 51 Plus Employees - R 43840.00

Lisa Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Lisa Reynolds is the CEO of the Green Building Council South Africa.

Lisa was the driver for the drafting of Energy Efficiency Standards and Regulations for Buildings and has been involved in Energy Efficiency since 2003. She serves on many committees in the SABS and within the energy management professionals’ space. She was President of the SAEEC from 2016 to 2019 and was the previous President of the ESCo (Energy Services Companies) Association. Lisa was instrumental in the formation of SAFEE (Southern African Females in Energy Efficiency) within SAEEC.

She has assisted the South African Government with its Green Building Framework policies, Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives and Energy Efficiency Strategies

Her passion for the “Green space” started with the birth of the Green Building Council in 2007. Lisa served on the Board and the Technical Committee of the GBCSA, as well as on several Technical Working Groups for Rating Tools and Criteria. Lisa. became CEO in June 2020.

Lisa has a BSc, an MBA and a CEM. Lisa’s awards include the 2007 ETA Award for Women, 2008 Individual Energy (SAEE), 2012 SABS Standards Writer Award; the 2014 Women in Energy (SAWIEN); and the 2016 Ian Lane Hall of Fame award.

Lisa is committed to growing the Green Economy within a Green Recovery.

Organisational categories

As an organisational member, you will fall into one of the below categories, and be charged according to specific size indicators. Please reach out to us for any further clarity on which category is best for your organisation

Property Developers

Annual Turnover

Investors, Owners, Property Managers

Total Asset Value

Major Corporate Tenants & Retail

Annual Gross Rentals

Building Contractors

Annual Turnover

Building Product Manufacturers & Distributors

Annual Turnover

Professional Services: Architects, Designers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, PM’s, Consultants, Legal

Number of employees

Research, Higher Education, NGO’S & Regulators

NGO or Research/Higher Education/ Regulators

Related Interests: Utilities, Financial, Insurance, etc.

Annual Turnover

Government

Local/ municipal/ provincial/ state 
Contact GBCSA to confirm your category