There are two levels of ISSP Certification available to sustainability practitioners.  Maintaining the Certification at either level requires ongoing professional development activities.

  • Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA): Individuals who are new to the field of sustainability but have sufficient education and training to pass a test on basic knowledge and understanding of key sustainability concepts.  The ISSP-SA exam covers the material in Competency Area 1: Core Sustainability Concepts described in the Exam Content Outline section of the Candidate Handbook.

  • Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP): Experienced sustainability practitioners who demonstrate a combination of sustainability-related work experience and formal education. The ISSP-CSP exam covers the material in Competency Areas 2-6 described in the Exam Content Outline section of the Candidate Handbook.

Eligibility Requirements and Process

Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA)

  1. Purchase and schedule the ISSP-SA exam during a Test Season. By purchasing an ISSP exam, candidates agree to abide by the Candidate Nondisclosure Agreement and ISSP Code of Ethics

  2. Pass the exam within the Test Season window

Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP)*

  1. Attain the ISSP-SA Certification

  2. Provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree or global equivalent and one of the following:
    • At least 5 years of sustainability-related professional experience within the last 10 years; or
    • At least 4 years of sustainability-related professional experience within the last 8 years and an additional year of sustainability-related education or training; or
    • At least 3 years of sustainability-related professional experience within the last 6 years and an additional 2 years of sustainability-related education or training

  3. Provide three references attesting to your work as a sustainability professional.

  4. Purchase and schedule the ISSP-CSP exam during a Test Season. By purchasing an ISSP exam, candidates agree to abide by the Candidate Nondisclosure Agreement and ISSP Code of Ethics

  5. Pass the exam within the Test Season window

 

*Registration for the ISSP-CSP exam is scheduled to open in early 2017