ISSP’s post-nominal credentials were developed through global collaboration by sustainability practitioners, for sustainability practitioners. Designed with rigorous international standards in mind, these credentials provide third-party verification of competency in the profession. Holding one of our credentials:

  • Demonstrates professional excellence in key sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities, regardless of geographic location

  • Differentiates sustainability professionals from their competitors for jobs and contracts

  • Provides third-party verification of competency in the 6 domains of knowledge described in the Job Task Analysis

Two successive credential levels are obtainable: the ISSP-SA and the ISSP-CSP.

THe 6 domains of knowledge described in the Job Task Analysis (JTA))

THe 6 domains of knowledge described in the Job Task Analysis (JTA))

 

 

ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA)

An ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) meets a minimum standard of knowledge, skills, and abilities related to key sustainability concepts. This credential is designed for those who are new to or are interested in entering the sustainability field, including recent graduates or professionals making a career change.

In order to become an ISSP-SA, an individual must pass a credential exam focused on the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in Domain 1 of the ISSP Job Task Analysis, Core Sustainability Concepts. The ISSP-SA is a prerequisite for the ISSP-CSP credential.

For a detailed walkthrough of the credentialing process, including rescheduling, cancellation, and refund policies, download the Candidate Handbook below. You can also find policy and exam format information on the About the Exam page.

 
 

Ideal For

The ISSP-SA is ideal for anyone with knowledge of Core Sustainability Concepts—the first Domain of knowledge. (For more information, see the Candidate Handbook.)

Exam Format

The ISSP-SA exam requires successful completion of 75-item random multiple choice questions and must be completed within 2 hours. (Learn more about the exams…)

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ISSP offers a comprehensive set of study materials to help you prepare for the exams. In addition, our Education Partners fulfill ISSP's high standards for sustainability education and training.

Credential Maintenance

ISSP-SAs must earn 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every two years. (See Credential Maintenance & Renewal for more information.)

 

Registration Process

Simply purchase, schedule, and pass the exam using the button below.

Registrants must agree to abide by the Candidate Nondisclosure Agreement and ISSP Code of Ethics.

Exam Fees

Membership Category Price
ISSP Members $175 (US)
ISSP Partners $250 (US)
Nonmembers $350 (US)


 

ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP)

An ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) is an individual who has extensive experience in the field. This credential is designed for veterans who benefit from gaining formal recognition for their sustainability knowledge, skills, and abilities, bolstering their confidence and credibility while helping to bring a higher professional standard to the profession as a whole.

ISSP-CSPs must demonstrate mastery of all six domains of the Job Task Analysis (JTA) as well as experience implementing these competencies in a professional setting. The ISSP-CSP credentialing exam therefore draws on material from Domains 2-6 of the JTA, but candidates are still expected to be conversant in the first domain as well. The ISSP-SA credential is a prerequisite for the ISSP-CSP.

For a detailed walk-through of the credentialing process, including rescheduling, cancellation, and refund policies, download the Candidate Handbook below. You can also find policy and exam format information on the About the Exam page.

 
 

Ideal For

The ISSP-CSP is ideal for veteran sustainability professionals with 5 years of professional experience within the last 10 years.

Exam Format

The ISSP-CSP exam requires successful completion of 100-item random multiple choice questions and must be completed within 2.5 hours. (Learn more about the exams…)

Start Studying

ISSP offers a comprehensive set of study materials to help you prepare for the exams. In addition, our Education Partners fulfill ISSP's high standards for sustainability education and training.

Credential Maintenance

ISSP-CSPs must earn 32 Continuing Education Units (CEUS) every two years. (See Credential Maintenance & Renewal for more information.)

 

Eligibility

  • ISSP-SA credential

  • Bachelor’s degree or global equivalent

  • Sustainability-related professional experience or a combination of education and experience, as follows:

    • 5 years of professional experience within the last 10 years;

    • 4 years of professional experience within the last 8 years PLUS one year of education/training;

    • 3 years of professional experience within the last 6 years PLUS two years of education/training.

  • Three professional references

  • Registrants must agree to abide by the Candidate Nondisclosure Agreement and ISSP Code of Ethics

Exam Fees

Membership Category Application Fee ($US) Exam Fee ($US) Total Fee ($US)
ISSP Members $75 $175 $250
ISSP Partners $100 $250 $350
Nonmembers $150 $300 $450

Application Process

  • Submit a complete application form by visiting the ISSP-CSP Application page at the button below

  • Purchase, schedule, and pass the exam using the registration button below

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