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Green Star AP Tiering

The mid-quarter of the year has been filled with big and small celebrations. GBCSA Academy certified 19 Accredited professionals in respective Green Star courses.

We congratulate the well-deserved achievement and wish all new APs well in their future endeavours. The Green Star AP status opens a door to prosperous development opportunities and provides professionals with cutting-edge in the green sector space. Not only are APs equipped to guide and lead a Green Star Certification project, but the new added knowledge and network also open the door to entrepreneurship and so, gain multiple income streams through consultant and other freelance work opportunities.

GBCSA has implemented a system where Accredited Professionals are arranged in three distinct tiers dependent on qualification, experience and level of activity and engagement in the industry. The tiering system works as follows:

1.  Accredited Professional Candidate (APc)

Students can take their first step towards a career geared towards sustainability by completing the GBSCA Green Building Certification Programme while enrolled in their university.

The completion requirements are to complete the Green Building online AP course modules,  attend the online  workshop, and pass the corresponding final assessment . Upon graduating and gaining 6 months of industry experience, an APc can go on to become an AP by submitting proof of work experience with the aid of a signed reference letter on a company letterhead.

2.  Accredited Professional (AP)

Industry professionals who want to reflect the realities of a changing world in their working life are entitled to complete a GBCSA Accredited Professional programme.

An active status as an AP is maintained by achieving between 5 – 10 points within a 12-month cycle. New APs score 5 points by passing their final assessment, this allows a 12-month grace period.

3.  Accredited Professional Practitioner (AP+)

An AP+ is an AP that has demonstrated higher levels of activity through practising as an AP and engagement with the GBCSA through attending training, events, tours, and other knowledge-sharing events in a 12-month period.

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


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