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The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the professional association for sustainability professionals, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of launching its Sustainability Professional Credential Program. This milestone comes on the heels of the organization joining forces with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to advance green and sustainable business practices through professional credentialing.
“It’s been a very exciting year here at ISSP,” said Executive Director Maureen Hart. “Between graduating our first cohorts of Sustainability Associates (ISSP-SA) and Certified Sustainability Professionals (ISSP-CSA), and entering a synergistic and capacity building relationship with GBCI, we feel quite grateful to be experiencing such momentum as we head into our tenth year in operation.”
To date, more than 500 professionals have earned or started working towards ISSP’s two credentials. The ISSP Sustainability Professional Credential Program’s objectives are: to validate the knowledge and experience of seasoned practitioners; to give direction to newcomers to the field; and to establish rigorous guidelines so employers can hire with more confidence.
"An ISSP credential has not only been valuable to me as a sustainability professional, but it has also benefited me as the president of my company, where I am involved in hiring, training, and working directly with employees. I would look at a candidate with an ISSP-SA or ISSP-CSP credential as being uniquely qualified in this space. I encourage all of my employees to complete the credential(s), as a differentiator for our team as well as for their own professional growth and development,” said Tad Radzinski, PE, LEED AP, SFP, ISSP-CSP, president of Sustainable Solutions Corporation.
To register for the ISSP-SA and/or ISSP-CSP exams, candidates should visit the “Apply for Exam” page on ISSP’s website. Tests can be scheduled at one of more than 900 centers in 120 countries, or taken via an online proctoring system. Study tools, including guides for both exams and flashcards designed to help candidates prepare for the ISSP-SA exam, are available for purchase from ISSP. In addition, several ISSP Education Partners offer test preparation courses for the ISSP-SA exam.