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GBCSA online learning on the rise

GBCSA online learning on the rise

Apr 8, 2014

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) says 2014 will see a marked increase in the availability and delivery of necessary green building education in South Africa as the organisation launches a new online learning system that will play host to a number of new programmes and upgraded existing courses.

The GBCSA will be doing an online re-launch of a number of its existing courses that have been upgraded, reworked and repackaged. One of these is the Green Star SA Accredited Professional Programme for New Buildings. This AP Programme is the Council’s core educational offering and teaches the background, theory and detail of the application of the Green Star SA Design and As Built rating system for new buildings and major refurbishments. Other courses to be launched online include two more specialised programs; namely the upgraded Project Certification Workshop and the Simulations and the Submissions Course.

“Apart from updates and major upgrades to the course material, the major change is the shift away from the presentation of the courses as ‘live’ hosted, single day courses presented for 50 delegates at a time in the three major urban centres in South Africa to an Accredited Professional syllabus or set of parts that together make up the GSSA Accredited Professional Programme for New Buildings,” says Donne Putter, Education and Training Manager for the GBCSA.

“This new AP programme will be made up of a comprehensive, in-depth course hosted online in 13 distinct modules that cover the theory aspects of the tool followed by a live, in-person interactive workshop hosted in an actual Green Star SA building, where learners are able to experience the building, interact with their peers and apply their learning from the first part of the course. This would then be followed by an online exam, as is currently offered, to attain the GSSA AP qualification.”

The GBCSA will also be launching the brand new Accredited Professional Programme for the Interiors Tool and the Accredited Professional Programme for the Existing Building Performance Tool. These are offered in parallel with the pre-existing qualification and teach the application of two new Green Star SA tools, one for Interiors and one for Existing Buildings Performance.

According to Putter these programmes will comprise three parts: Online courses, followed by in-person workshops, and finally an online exam.

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