Hazel Farley, executive director of the GTA chapter of the CAGBC, said the extensive amount of green building in the region "makes this the ideal market" in which to launch the program in Canada.
The chapter first became aware of the program at a Greenbuild conference in Toronto in 2011.
"Having seen no previous green building training programs for the trades of this calibre, we were intrigued to learn more about this program," said Farley
whose chapter facilitates delivery of LEED-related workshops in southern Ontario as part of its mandate.
The chapter also offers a wide range of educational and networking events for members and the green building community at large.
"Our chapter's mandate is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings and communities," Farley
"There was unanimous agreement that there was a need for such a program in our marketplace," Farley
An advisory council was subsequently established.
said GPRO instructors are "well-established, respected professionals with a wealth of experience in their field as well as a passion for sustainability, knowledge of green building practices and adult education experience."
"This training will provide the trades with a deep understanding of how they play a key role in the sustainable built environment," Farley
"We would anticipate with time that construction companies and general contractors will look for GPRO certificate-holders to be on their teams."
In order to accelerate and increase adoption and uptake of the program, the council is offering unions, trade associations and other construction-related organizations special bulk rate pricing to reduce the per-person cost.
"Furthermore, these organizations can have in-house trainers certified as GPRO instructors, thereby allowing them to decide when and how they want to deliver the training," Farley