Distinguish yourself from other industry professionals with Green Roof Professional (GRP) training and accreditation! This comprehensive course set is designed to guide you through the unique journey of green roof design, installation, and maintenance - while providing the knowledge you need to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget.

Earn confidence and credibility by learning the industry’s latest technical standards, best practices, and find out how to spot and avoid common problems.

Green Roof Professional (GRP) training is a flexible program comprised of three courses: Green Roof Design & InstallationGreen Roof Waterproofing & Drainage, and Green Roof Plants & Growing Media. Each course has been carefully designed by experts to help you develop the knowledge you need to differentiate yourself within the market. 

Whether you are an emerging professional or a seasoned expert, GRP training is organized to meet your learning needs, and is attainable through one any of the following options:

Who Should Attend?

The GRP training is designed for the following professionals:

  • Architects
  • Landscape architects
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Roofing consultants and roofing contractors
  • Landscape contractors
  • Horticulturalists
  • Specifiers
  • Developers
  • Policy makers
  • Interested consumers

Resource Manuals

Resource Manuals for each course are included with tuition. If you are unable to attend a course, the Resource Manual can be purchased through the Green Infrastructure Store, or by contacting training@greenroofs.org.

Training for Groups

GRHC offers contract training for groups. For more information, contact training@greenroofs.org.

GrP Accreditation FAQ

For more information on the GRP Accreditation visit the GRP Accreditation FAQ page.


Green Roof Design and Installation

In-Class Tuition: $499 USD Early Bird / $524 USD Regular
Tuition includes over 350-pages of Resource Manuals.
Members receive a $25 discount on all training courses.

Green Roof Design and Installation incorporates research on green roof benefits and the latest technical standards, and presents tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget. There are no pre-requisites for the Green Roof Design and Installation course, however, we recommend completing this course prior to attending the subsequent courses.

This course provides detailed information on:

  • The full range of system types and components available to designers
  • Design principles to optimize your green roof's performance and align with client objectives
  • Essential qualifications for you project team
  • Determining the various professions and competencies required to optimally implement a successful green roof project
  • Cost estimation and budget development
  • Implementation issues for new and retrofit buildings (including staging, scheduling, conveyance methods, and coordination of trades)
  • Contracts and construction administration
  • Quality assurance, warranties, liability issues

What People Are Saying

In our evaluations, 92.6% of respondents said the course met or exceeded their expectations.

This is an excellent 101 level course. I await further explorations in green roof technology and practices.
Course manual very useful and instructors very good. Course layout easy to follow and logical.
Team presentations were great, and there was a nice mix of areas covered and activities performed that provided everyone the opportunity to utilize their skills and knowledge.

What You Will Learn

This course provides information that you can put to work immediately, including details and exercises on how to:

  • Determine major functions and components of a green roof
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different green roof systems
  • Utilize an integrated design process in your project for maximum benefit
  • Evaluate the major market drivers encouraging the green roof industry in North America
  • Obtain maximum LEED points by integrating a green roof into the US Green Building Council rating system
  • Essential qualifications for your project team
  • Critical questions you need to ask your client (matching their objectives to design practicalities)
  • Identifying building code/municipal permit issues
  • Liability issues (including insurance, waivers, guarantees, etc)
  • Design and implementation issues for new and retrofit buildings (including structural loading concerns, drainage, erosion control, stormwater retention, etc)
  • Sub-contracting and scheduling concerns

Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage

In-Class Tuition: $399 USD Early Bird / $424 USD Regular
Tuition includes over 350-pages of Resource Manuals.
Members receive a $25 discount on all training courses.

Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage presents an overview of the many tools and techniques needed to meet waterproofing and drainage project objectives. The course will focus on:

  • The materials used in the construction of waterproofing assemblies and drainage systems in green roofs
  • Waterproofing and drainage terminology to facilitate communication between the various professions involved in green roof implementation
  • Introducing major design principles for green roof waterproofing and drainage
  • Conveying best management practices for the design and implementation of waterproofing assemblies and drainage systems
  • Reviewing the various professions and competencies required to optimally implement your successful green roof project

What You Will Learn

This course provides information that you can put to work immediately, including details and exercises on how to:

  • Determine major functions and components of a waterproofing assembly and drainage system
  • Describe characteristics and assess various advantages of different waterproofing assemblies and drainage systems available in the marketplace
  • Read and evaluate waterproofing and drainage designs

Green Roof Plants and Growing Media

In-Class Tuition: $399 USD Early Bird / $424 USD Regular
Tuition includes over 350-pages of Resource Manuals.
Members receive a $25 discount on all training courses.

Green Roof Plants and Growing Media provides participants with an overview of plants and growing medium design considerations and maintenance for green roof assemblies. It establishes design and implementation best management practices.

What You Will Learn

This course provides information that you can put to work immediately, allowing you to:

  • Understand the principles of plant physiology and soil sciences as they apply to green roofs
  • Identify appropriate applications of various plant and growing media types for your green roof project
  • Understand the unique technical requirements for growing and vegetation on green roofs
  • Understand the potential implementation issues related to plant care and growing media contamination

 

For more information on the GRP Training Program, please contact training@greenroofs.org