Continuing professional development program

Everything you need to know

The GBCA has developed the Green Star Professional development program which allows professionals to be recognised for their knowledge and contribution to building a more sustainable built environment.

Our program offers two levels of accreditation: Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) and Green Star Associate (GSA). Each accreditation requires you to attend our Green Star Foundation Courses as well as maintaining CPD point requirements through a diverse range of face-to-face and online learning activities tailored to suit your needs.

Green Star Foundation Courses

Day one: Introduction to Green Star | 3 CPD points

The Introduction day is a prerequisite one-day course that must be completed before taking any of the rating tool advanced day courses. It explores sustainability in the built environment, “why Green Star” and examines the business case for sustainability. It illustrates all 3 rating tools via case studies and demonstrates how the tools can inform better choices. The Introduction day can also be booked as a standalone course for those new to sustainability, or those who want to gain an understanding of the business benefits derived from using the Green Star rating tools.

Day two: Rating tool advanced day | 6 CPD points

Once you have completed the Introduction day you can attend any of the advanced day courses. The advanced course arms you with knowledge and expertise in a particular Green Star rating tool by diving deep into the tool and examining the most challenging credits and gain an understanding of the pathways, calculators and submissions through interactive content and case study based learning. 

See upcoming Foundation courses here.

Find out more about each tool below to determine which advanced Foundation Course is right for you. 

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advanced day courses
Design & As Built

Assesses the sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments, across nine categories.

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Assesses the planning, design and construction of large scale development projects across five impact categories. 

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Assesses the operational performance of buildings across nine impact categories. 

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Green Star qualifications

On completion of the Introduction and Advanced Foundation Courses you will have two enrolment options available to you: 

1. Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP)

Becoming a GSAP puts you on the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. The GSAP is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to become a confident leader in guiding projects through Green Star certification.To qualify you will need to:

  • Attend the Introduction & Advanced day Foundation courses
  • Pass the online exam
  • Maintain a minimum of 15 CPD points* within the 12 month CPD period

2. Green Star Associate (GSA)

The GSA acknowledges the commitment of those who support green design, construction and operation, but who are not directly involved in Green Star project work or submissions. GSA’s can play a strong role in organisational commitment to the built environment, sustainability, and help communicate the language of sustainability. To qualify you will need to: 

  • Attend the Introduction & Advanced day Foundation courses
  • Maintain a minimum of 8 CPD points* within the 12 month CPD period

*CPD point requirements are split between Green Star and Sustainable Development points: 

  • Green Star points are earned by attending or presenting at GBCA run events, courses, online learning, Green Star project work, and participation in Green Star technical working & advisory groups
  • Sustainable Development points are earned by attending or presenting in approved non-GBCA events, courses, online learning, authorship of articles and books, sustainable site tours, and other learning opportunities

Browse our What's on page to see where you can earn CPD points.

Track your progress by logging into your online learning portal.


MemberNon-memberFuture Green Leader
Introduction to Green Star$499$775$399
Rating tool advanced day$699$975$599
Re-enrolment fee$110$165

Your enrolment fee is included in the course cost for your first year. 

Additional costs associated with maintaining CPD point requirements vary depending on the events/courses you choose to attend. 

Prices exclude GST. 

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