Access tools and techniques needed to meet green roof project objectives on schedule, to specification, and within budget, the latest industry developments, technical standards and research findings. This course includes everything you need to take and pass the GRP Accreditation Exam.
This training program has supported the remarkable growth of the green roof industry in North America over the past ten years by serving as a comprehensive reference for individuals who design, install and maintain green roofs.
This course includes a set of manuals. After registering for the course, you'll be given the instructions to request your books and provide shipping information.
Registration includes the study materials for the GRP accreditation exam.
Self-Paced Online Course
This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Earn a Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Self Report with Certificate: 22.5 AIA LU Credits, 21 LA CES Professional Development Hours, 21 BOMI Continuing Professional Development Points, 21 APLD Continuing Education Units, 22.5 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals), 22.5 RCI Continuing Education Hours
Being a GRP has offered our company an added level of professionalism when dealing with building owners, contractors and architects. The multi-discipline approach to the training has given us a great base for project oversight and filled in gaps in our vegetative roof knowledge.
- Roger L. Bertolini - Limited Systems, LLC
The GRP accreditation program stands out as one of the most comprehensive and intelligently designed sustainability training courses I have taken. GRP accreditation gives my organization the knowledge and credibility to guide our clients through the benefits and proper implementation of a successful green roof.
- Stefan Hansmire - Ncompass Construction LLC
This course is not for the faint-hearted. It required several hours of study every week, but as someone new to this field I came out of it with an excellent understanding of green roof design and installation techniques. The combination of lectures, materials and forum discussions was very effective.
- Julia Hitz, Bronx River Alliance
This self-pace course provided a very in-depth education on all the components and processes involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of green roofs. This course has provided me with the knowledge necessary to pursue the career I've always wanted and has given me confidence that I have the right skills to be a successful Green Roof Professional.
I have taken many distance courses in the past, and the green roof professional course was the best distance/online course I have taken. The videos did an excellent job at explaining anything that might have been confusing from the course manuals. The content was very informative. I truly wish all courses were delivered as well as this course.
- Garratt Grenier Field Advisor, Tremco
Great introduction into the world of Green Roof Design, maintenance and installation!
- Adriana Turczyn Graduate of Landscape Architecture
The course has valuable information and allows you to study remotely and mostly at your own pace. I'm very satisfied with the knowledge I have on green roofs after taking the course.
- Nanci Fioravanti Account Manager, The LaurelRock Company
This course offers more than enough knowledge and resources to become a green roof expert in a short amount of time.
It's a good basic course to introduce people to the roof gardens categories, methods and even bidding. Although once finished you definitely need to put all this knowledge in practice to reinforce it and, mainly, to start doing something useful for the people and for the nature.
Founder & President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is founder and president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging awards competitions;...[more]
GRP, Hadj Design
With a background in architecture, Patrick established himself and his firm, Hadj Design, as early pioneers in green roof design. Through his design-build efforts, he has completed over 100 projects ranging from residential to commercial to institutional, and encompassing a wide variety of assembly types. He participated in the development of GRHC’s Green Roof Design...[more]
CSI, CCPR, GRP, LEED™ Green Associate
William “Bill” Foley has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years. In June 2014, Bill re-joined ZinCo-USA as their Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. Previously he worked with ZinCo-USA as an independent representative in 2006-8.
Bill promotes water and energy efficient design employing green roof infrastructure, combined green roof photovoltaic systems and...[more]
This is a self-study on demand course. This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.
Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
Important: Request your Manuals from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (Text)
Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Introduction To Green Roofs And Living Architecture
Topics include: Introduction to GRHC and the GRP Accreditation Program; History and Categories of Green Roofs; the Critical Path to Project Completion; Integrated Design and Biophilic Design; Standards, Ratings and Tools; Public and Private Benefits; Methods of Quantifying Benefits
Introduction to GRHC and this course (14 mins) (Video) preview
History and Categories of Green Roofs (9 mins) (Video)
The Critical Path, Standards and Valuation of Benefits (23 mins) (Video)
Private and Public Benefits (48 mins) (Video)
The Monetary Value of the Soft Benefits of Green Roofs (Resource)
Using the GreenSave Calculator (Download .pdf)
RESOURCE: GreenSave Calculator (Resource)
RESOURCE: Green Roof Energy Calculator (2.0) (Resource)
Team Selection and Site Analysis (16 mins) (Video)
Week 1 (14 Questions) (Quiz)
CitiesAlive Conference: 15th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference in Seattle, WA - Sept. 18-21, 2017 (Resource)
Roof Deck and Membrane Considerations (20 mins) (Video)
Flashing (25 mins) (Video)
Details (24 mins) (Video)
Retrofits (17 mins) (Video)
Special Considerations - Sloped Roofs and Water Features (24 mins) (Video)
Week 4 (Quiz)
Waterproofing Material And Component Profiles + Drainage Design Principles
Topics include: Waterproofing Membranes; Insulation; Cover Boards; Root Barriers; Air Barrier; Vapor Retarder; Waterproofing Warranties; Drainage Design Principles, Components and System Design
Waterproofing Material Component Profiles (41 mins) (Video)
Waterproofing System Component Profiles (40 mins) (Video)
Drainage Design Principles (32 mins) (Video)
Week 5 (Quiz)
Waterproofing And Drainage Implementation
Topics include: Actors Roles and Responsibilities; Coordination Between Trades; Safety Issues; Leak Detection; Drainage Installation; Maintenance
Waterproofing and Drainage Implementation (27 mins) (Video)
Installation of Components and Leak Detection (30 mins) (Video)
Roofing Maintenance (8 mins) (Video)
Week 6 (Quiz)
The Living Components Of Green Roofs
Topics include: Plant Physiology and Growing Media Science
Plant Physiology - Part 1 (23 mins) (Video)
Plant Physiology - Part 2 (22 mins) (Video)
Plant Physiology - Part 3 (14 mins) (Video)
Plant Physiology - Part 4 (14 mins) (Video)
Plant Categories (10 mins) (Video)
Biological, Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Growing Media (41 mins) (Video) preview
Components of Growing Media (11 mins) (Video)
Week 7 (Quiz)
Green Roof Bibliography (Download .pdf)
Vegetation And Growing Media Design
Topics include: Designing for Specific Performance, Aesthetic and End-Use Objectives; Budgeting; Material Supply and Scheduling; Structure and Site Constraints; Water Availability
Plants and Growing Media Design Intent (86 mins) (Video)
Plants and Growing Media Design - Part 1 (32 mins) (Video)
Plants and Growing Media Design - Part 2 (30 mins) (Video)
Week 8 (Quiz)
Comparison of Water Use Efficiency of Overhead, Drip, and Sub-Irrigation for Green Roofs (Download .pdf)
Over 100 Plant Species Trialed in a Semi-Arid Climate (Download .pdf)
Vegetation And Growing Media Installation
Topics include: Growing Media Blending; Staging, Scheduling, and Conveyance Methods; Seasonal Constraints; On-Site Storage and Protection; Wind and Shade Protection; Planting Methods; Stock Replacement; Establishment and Post-Establishment Maintenance – Weeding, Fertilization, Monitoring and Testing
Installation of Irrigation Systems and Growing Media (36 mins) (Video)
Installation of Vegetation - Part 1 (21 mins) (Video)
Installation of Vegetation - Part 2 (19 mins) (Video)
Maintenance (41 mins) (Video)
Week 9 (Quiz)
Schedule a Time to Take the GRP Accreditation Exam
You're ready to schedule a time to take the Green Roof Professional Accreditation Exam.
EXERCISE: Green Roof on an Existing Housing Co-op (Download .pdf)
Information on Dates and Locations for the GRP Accreditation Exam (Resource)
After The Course
Feedback and Additional Resources
No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources.
Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.
1 Year of Access to
Course Materials (Text)
Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)