ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credential holders are required to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over the two-year period during which their credential is valid in order to remain eligible for renewal. Specific information about how to earn and report CEUs, as well as other policies, can be found in this Credential Maintenance Guidebook. If you have questions, be sure to check the Credential Maintenance FAQ.

For more information about earning an ISSP credential, please review our Apply for Exam page, the Certification FAQ, or the Candidate Handbook. With further questions about the credentialing program, please reach out to certification@sustainabilityprofessionals.org.

List of Pre-Approved Events

The following are lists of events which have been pre-approved to earn a defined number of CEUs for ISSP credential holders. Please see page 4 of the Credential Maintenance Guidebook for more information on the difference between pre-approved and non pre-approved activities as they relate to earning CEUs.

Pre-Approved Conferences & Events

Pre-Approved Courses & Programs of Study

Pre-Approved Webinars & Modules

Do I need to get my activities pre-approved?

Pre-approval is NOT required for individuals to earn CEUs for their activities. As long as activities conform to the guidelines outlined in the Credential Maintenance Guidebook (essentially, having content related to any part of the ISSP Job Task Analysis), credential holders should safely assume they count for CEUs upon applying for credential renewal.

Here are examples of events or organizations whose activities are eligible for earning CEUs. Rather than serving as an exhaustive list, these examples are meant to give credential holders an idea of the kinds of activities would earn CEUs. Please refer to the Credential Maintenance Guidebook to calculate how many CEUs attendance or membership would earn in each case.

Example Conferences & Events

  • AASHE Annual Conference
  • Ceres
  • GLOBE Series
  • GreenBiz
  • ISSP conferences
  • Responsible Business Summit
  • The SRI Conference
  • Sustainable Brands (including New Metrics)
  • VERGE

Example Organizations (CEUs earned through membership)

  • AASHE

     

If you are an ISSP-SA or ISSP-CSP and you're unsure that an activity conforms to those guidelines, please fill out a CEU Pre-Approval Request Form and email it to certification@sustainabilityprofessionals.org. This form of pre-approval only applies to the individual who requests it.

If you represent an organization that administers activities which conform to the guidelines outlined in the Credential Maintenance Guidebook, having those activities pre-approved is a great way to attract the participation of ISSP credential holders. If you would like to apply for pre-approval for your conference, event, course, webinar, or other activity, click here

Renewing Your Credential

In order to renew an ISSP credential, the credential holder must pay a renewal fee and submit a completed CEU tracking sheet (see "Tracking Your CEUs" below). The renewal fee for the ISSP-SA credential is $75 for ISSP members and $150 for non-members. The renewal fee for the ISSP-CSP is $100 for members and $200 for non-members. One may only renew the highest level of credential earned.

An online system for paying the renewal fee and submitting the CEU tracking sheet will be launched by early January of 2019. Keep an eye out for announcements with more information before the end of 2018.

All credential holders who are up for renewal before January 31st, 2019 have been issued an extension until that datePlease check the expiration date on your Credential Document to determine whether you are a part of this group.

Tracking Your CEUs

As part of the renewal process, credential holders must submit a completed CEU tracking spreadsheet, which documents the CEUs they've earned through the activities outlined in the Credential Maintenance Guidebook. The sheets are also a great tool for keeping an account of the documentation required for each activity, which is only required for submission in the case of an audit.

Just fill out the second tab of either sheet, and the first tab will automatically populate with the CEUs you've earned! Please note that the tracking sheets work best in Microsoft Excel.

Displaying your credentials

Professional credentials aren’t just for hanging on the wall; they’re a great way to tell the world that you’ve earned recognition for your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your ISSP credential attests to your expertise as a sustainability professional, and making sure it’s displayed publicly in CVs, bios, professional networking platforms (like LinkedIn, Meetup, or Xing), and even email signatures can help build your personal brand.

ISSP credential holders must display their credentials as either: 

ISSP-SA      or            ISSP Sustainability Associate

ISSP-CSP    or            ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional

The reason we require this level of specificity is that there are many organizations currently offering certificates (not true credentials) related to sustainability. If a credential holder does not think the ISSP-SA or ISSP-CSP acronyms are sufficiently clear as a designation, we suggest they spell out their credentials ("ISSP Sustainability Associate" or "ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional").

Don’t be shy! Proudly displaying your ISSP credential is the best way to put it to use opening doors for your sustainability career.