Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof and wall industry association, is pleased to present online Green Roof Professional (GRP) training from February 29th to May 8th, 2016. This 10-week program provides detailed information on green (vegetated) roof design, installation and maintenance, and supports the accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) designation.
“We launched an online version of this program to satisfy a growing demand for green roof design and installation expertise in areas where we don’t offer in-person training,” said GRHC’s Director of Education and Accreditation, Jordan Richie, “and to continue to build market capacity for green roof implementation in North America and abroad.”
Online GRP training includes over 17 hours of pre-recorded videos, detailed technical manuals totaling 500+ pages, supplementary tools and resources, and extensive student-instructor interaction. The program represents contributions from over 50 industry professionals – including architects, landscape architects, roofing professionals, engineers and more – and is approved for up to 17.5 continuing education credits by a variety of professional associations, such as LA CES, AIA CES, USGBC/GBCI, RCI, and BOMI.
Since the introduction of the GRP accreditation program in 2009, over 700 of North America’s leading green roof designers and practitioners have attained the designation as a means of demonstrating their multidisciplinary knowledge of green roof systems.
Green roofs are widely recognized as a stormwater management best practice, particularly in dense urban areas and cities with combined sanitary and storm sewers. In recent years, the full range of benefits they provide – including urban heat island mitigation, biodiversity enhancement, and air quality improvement – have made them an attractive option for policymakers looking to leverage underutilized private roof space for public gain.
For more details about Green Roof Professional training, and to register for upcoming courses, see www.greenroofs.org/education.