Earth Advantage-Sponsored Education
Earth Advantage Broker (Formerly E.A. S.T.A.R.)
Course: Goal: To communicate with clients about the value and benefits of a new or remodeled green home. Participants will be able to identify which home features and building products provide greater energy, water, and resource efficiency and create a healthier living environment for their clients.
Requirements: Two ways to become accredited: 1) Take a two-day live class and pass the exam with 80% or higher; 2) Take the online course and pass the exam with 80% or higher. To maintain the accreditation, brokers must earn four credit hours and pass the accreditation renewal exam every two years.
Cost: Live course: Check the upcoming courses for cost of General Admission . Online course: $119. Group discounts available for 3 or more. Existing Real Estate Allies may qualify for reimbursement.
SUSTAINABLE HOMES PROFESSIONAL
Course: Goal: develop the technical skills and knowledge required to design and build high performance homes.
Requirements: Six monthly two-day courses, can be taken individually and in random order. Successful completion of quizzes, homework assignments, a final project and presentation, and a closed-book online examination, with a minimum final course grade of 75%.
Cost: Individual modules cost $275 each; six modules total. Earth Advantage Brokers and EA Professionals may take all six courses for $1375.00. General admission: $1,600.
OTHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Various seminars, USGBC LEED courses, forums, fairs, and other events. Additional details here.