by Stacey May
on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 3:59pm.
Green certifications of all forms are quickly becoming the most desired amongst the California workforce, but they’re often very pricey and may take up more of your time then you’re able to commit. Please enjoy my own personal reviews before you take the financial plunge yourself.
California Green Building Professional (CGBP)
Cost: $400/450 (members/non-members)
Additional Association Membership: $ Annual?
Course Length: 2 Days, 8 hours per day.
Build it Green's Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) course is hands down the best bang for your buck! The organization is extraordinarily well organized and the 2 day professional course is packed with usable information that can be a nice refresher for those already well versed in green building or a gigantic plunge into the unknown for someone just getting into it.
Unfortunately, I was not aware of the course being scheduled in Costa Mesa, where I live, when I invested my monopoly money into the Oakland scheduled class and my airfare so I missed out on the networking benefits. Out of everything that Build it Green does well at their events, I always point out their frightfulness when it comes to herding their little attendants into smaller groups during lunch that will maximize their networking opportunities and they even branded us with name tags on both our chest and our backs. Which was very smart, I thought. So, if you want other attendants to see your name and the business you work for, sit in front. However, if you'd like to be able to size up the room to see who's on your "I've got to talk to that person list" or "avoid talking to that person at all costs list" sit in the back of the room.
Food was great and it was the only course I've taken that offered either a vegetarian or vegan option.
The course is two days of you sitting in a chair listening to 2-3 great speakers for about 8 hours a day. Don't ask cocky questions that no one other than yourself wants to know the answer to. In most courses like this the instructor is constantly on the verge of falling behind and it just takes one or two questions to send them off on a tangent to no where. However, if you have a Larry King worthy questions that will benefit the group, raise that hand and open up your mouth. There will be a test at the end of the course, but don't freak out like you're about to fail an 8th grade mid-term. You are able to use your student handbook to search for answers and as long as you pay attention and enjoy the course, you'll do just fine.