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FAQs

Deciding to do the programme

What does becoming a GSSA AP mean for me, professionally?


On completing all 3 components of the programme and passing the exam, participants will be registered as Green Star SA Accredited Professionals (GSSA AP).
As a registered GSSA AP, you will be equipped with the knowledge to guide a project team in the design and certification of a Green Star SA registered project.
Be recognised as a professional with a greater understanding of environmental issues related to the built environment and property industry.

What is the difference between doing the online course and workshop of the GSSA Accredited Professional Programme and going for the accreditation?


In order to receive the accreditation, you need to complete the full AP programme which includes passing the exam that corresponds with your chosen stream of AP programme. However should you just wish to understand the tools in application and you do not work directly with the tool but are potentially involved in a Green Star SA project and need to have a high level understanding of what the team is doing, you may elect to do either the online course for more technical detail or the face to face workshop for a high level understanding but not go on to write the exam.

 

I’ve decided to do the course

What do I need to do to achieve Green Star SA Accredited Professional Status?


There are 3 different types of Green Star SA accreditations for professionals: The GSSA Accredited Professional – New Buildings (GSSA AP NB) The GSSA Accredited Professional – Existing Building Performance (GSSA AP EBP) The GSSA Accredited Professional – Interiors (GSSA AP I)
The accreditation is building type  specific, and the first step in achieving any of these accreditations is selected which one is best suited to your work. Once you have selected a programme, you can choose to do the online course or the face to face workshop but you will need to complete both before you qualify to sit for the exam Overall, you will need to complete 3 course components: Complete an online course that will give you an overview of the categories and credits of the Green Star SA rating system as well as the role of the GBCSA. You can complete the online component of the course in your own time during a sleceted two week period with a group of people and facilitator being available to respond to queries. Attend the face-to-face workshop. This workshop is presented live in or near to a Green Star SA certified building in each of the major centres and where possible includes a building tour, detailed case study and interactive group exercise. Write the exam and pass with 75%.

Do I need to write the exam within a specific time-frame after I complete the online course and workshop 2 of the GSSA Accredited Professional programme?


No, there is no specific time frame that you have to write the exam within, however it’s in your best interest to write as soon as possible while the content is still fresh in your mind.

If I fail the exam, can I still become an AP?


Yes, you can write the exam an unlimited number of times – but you will have to pay for every re-write.

Why did the GBCSA change the AP programme?


In addition to the suite of tools for New Buildings (Office, Retail, Multi-unit residential and Public & Education Buildings), the GBCSA has launched tools for Existing Buildings Performance and Interior fit-outs which are approached very differently to New Building projects – thus the need for the 3 separate programmes.
We have extended the programme in order to give you the most valuable learning experience possible. The online modules were created to deliver the more theoretical content in order to free up the face-to-face workshop for engagement and team work, to give you a more authentic experience with opportunity for much deeper understanding of the tools in application.

What happens if I’ve already taken the AP exam – am I still a GSSA AP?


Yes, all existing accredited professionals who have already qualified will fall into the AP New Buildings category and need not re-write the exam. If you would like to expand your knowledge to include existing buildings and Interiors you are able to complete these AP courses too. 

 

About Online Education

How does the GBCSA online learning model work?


The GSSA Accredited Professional Programmes for New Buildings, Interiors and Existing Buildings Performance are 3 component programmes that take a blended (online & face to face) approach to learning: An online course that will give you an overview of the categories and credits of the Green Star SA rating system as well as the role of the GBCSA. You can complete the online component of the course in your own time during a pre-determined two week period with a group of people and facilitator being available for questions. A face to face workshop is presented live in or near to a Green Star SA certified building in each of the major centres and includes a building tour whenever possible, a detailed case study and interactive scenarios based group exercise in which your learnings. An optional online exam
Some of our shorter courses i.e.  GSSA Simulations & Submissions Course and GSSA Project Certification Course, are purely online, self-study courses.

When will I get the material necessary to complete the online course?


 
You will receive all the material required for course preparation activation at the beginning of your chosen 2 week period. You will be sent reminders of the course dates in the led up to the start and will be reminded to progress through the material throughout the period. Remember to download all your course material before the end of the course period!

What type of internet connection do I need?


You will need a broadband speed internet connection (ADSL / 3G). Each course will require roughly 300MB of data.

How is online different to contact based courses?


 
Being enrolled in an online course allows you to study anywhere, anytime and you will need to commit only about 10 hours worth of contact time to the course over the course period. You can choose to complete the course bit by bit, or in one go, depending on your schedule. You can also elect to go back and revise content that you are not 100% clear on.

What do I do when I have questions about the course content?


The GBCSA Online Learning Platform allows you to post questions to a discussion forum that allows you to direct course specific questions to a facilitator and your fellow course participants.

 


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