Green Star Practitioner Qualification

This pathway recognises your commitment to green building practice and your knowledge leadership in this area.It is perfect for industry professionals who are not intending to make Green Star project submissions but who need to keep up-to-date with green building practice, and/or be able to work successfully within a Green Star project.

Green Star Practitioner benefits:

  • A Green Star Practitioner logo
  • An on-line certificate that you can link to or embed in on-line media
  • Special login access to the NZGBC website
  • Details listed in the Green Star Practitioner directory with a profile page on our website
  • A regular newsletter and information about upcoming events and training

Course participants

This course is targeted at those who are working, or plan to work, within a Green Star project, or would simply like to understand more about the Green Star suite of tools.

Please note: This pathway does not satisfy the points requirement for an Accredited Professional in the related credit within each Green Star tool. Holders of this qualification cannot act as lead Green Star Accredited Professional on a Green Star project. However, they can actively contribute to and support the lead GSAP and the take responsibility for specialized aspects of the project.

Course outline

The one day Green Star Practitioner course focuses on imparting a good working knowledge of the categories and credits within each of the Green Star tools, the need-to-know requirements of working within a Green Star project, as well as the business case for green building and new developments in this area.


The one day Practitioner course is also the first day of the two day GSAP course. Practitioners develop common understandings with GSAPS around the language, format and requirements of the Green Star tools.


The Green Star Practitioner qualification will be awarded to participants on successful completion of an online exam. Participants will be provided with a link to the exam after attending the course and must be completed within a two week period following the course. The exam has 30 questions and participants have a time limit of 2 hours to complete this. Participants will not require any resources other than the course notes.

Please note: The exam link will be valid for 6 months after training is complete. If the exam is not completed within that time, the link will expire and participants will not be able to achieve this qualification without further study and/or cost.

Transition to the Accredited Professional pathway

Practitioners who wish to move to the Accredited Professional qualification can do so on successful completion of day 2 of the Accredited Professional training course and the GSAP exam. Participants will not be required to attend or pay for day 1 of this training again.


Early-bird pricing Standard pricing
NZGBC Member $695 $795
Non-member $845 $955

If you are unsure of your organisation’s membership status, please contact NZGBC prior to registration. See the course booking page for early-bird pricing deadline.

The course fee includes:

  • tuition course workbook
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • the Practitioner Exam
  • access to the online Technical Manual

All costs are exclusive of GST

Please read our Terms and Conditions related to course attendance and cancellations.

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