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Earth Advantage® Broker

Formerly Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals (S.T.A.R.)

Earth Advantage® Broker

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Portland & Bend, OR | Future dates TBD | Sign up for updates >> Sign up now »
October 6, 2014 - October 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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October 20, 2014 - October 21, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Join the network of real estate professionals equipped to advance the sustainable housing market.

The Earth Advantage Broker accreditation serves as a comprehensive designation that provides real estate professionals with a competitive edge in communicating the benefits of green homes in their market. Through the Earth Advantage Broker program, we are strengthening the network of real estate professionals equipped to advance the sustainable housing market.

Earth Advantage’s mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. As a non profit, third-party verifier of green homes, we provide our accredited professionals with access to the highest-quality education and expertise in the green building industry.


EA Broker course | Bend, OR 2013

Benefits of Earth Advantage Broker Accreditation

  • Earth Advantage Broker Manual and Resource Guide
  • Earth Advantage Broker Accreditation logo use
  • Personalized professional profile listing within the Find a Professional search tool located on every page of the Earth Advantage website
  • Membership to the Earth Advantage Broker network of over 1,900 brokers across 10 states
  • Discounts on Earth Advantage course and events
  • Access to private Earth Advantage Broker LinkedIn Group
  • Access to premier quality, relevant education courses that are developed by 
  • Earth Advantage, an independent, 3rd party certifier of green homes

Find an Accredited Earth Advantage Broker

Looking for a qualified green broker that has earned our comprehensive EA-Broker designation? Click here.

Partnerships & Licensing

Interested in delivering our green broker courses in your area? Click here.


The Earth Advantage® Broker course gives real estate professionals the knowledge and skills to communicate with clients about the value and benefits of a new or remodeled green home. Participants will be able to identify which home features and building products provide greater energy, water, and resource efficiency and create a healthier living environment for their clients.

The two-day course provides an overview of different green home certification programs and offers participants a hands-on exploration of green building techniques and products through certified home site visits. This accreditation course will provide real estate professionals with an understanding of the green home consumer market segments and prepare them to market and sell a green home.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic green home features and trends
  • Communicate effectively about green building concepts
  • Identify the differences among leading third-party green home certification programs
  • Tailor your marketing message to clients who have varying green values

Course Benefits

  • Earth Advantage® Broker Manual and Resource Guide
  • The Northwest Green Home Primer by Kathleen O'Brien and Kathleen Smith (Live course)
  • Two site visits to certified green homes (Live course)
  • Earth Advantage® Broker Accreditation and use of logo
  • Personalized Earth Advantage® Broker page on the Earth Advantage Institute Web site
  • Access to the Earth Advantage® Broker network on LinkedIn
  • Discounts on other Earth Advantage® Institute courses and events
  • Distinguish yourself in the marketplace with green home knowledge and marketing skills
  • Satisfies NAR's Green Designtation 'Green 100' course requirements

Course Fee

General Admission: $345
Nevada Courses: $50 deposit 
Course fee has been generously subsidized by Nevada Energy.

*Participants that attend the EA Broker course and enroll as Energy Trust Allies (REA) are eligible for a $100 training reimbursement on the EA-Broker course cost. If you are interested, please email exisitinghomesta@energytrust.org to confirm your eligibility before registering.

How to Become an Accredited Earth Advantage Broker

There are three pathways to become an accredited Earth Advantage Broker:

  1. Are you a hands-on learner?
    Attend the live, two-day Earth Advantage Broker course and pass the accreditation exam*.  
    Register for the live course! 
  2. Learn best at home?
    Complete the online version of the Earth Advantage Broker course and pass the accreditation exam*.  
    Register for the online course!
  3. Think you’ve already got what it takes? If you have previous coursework experience in home energy efficiency and think you are knowledgeable about the sustainable residential market, you can register to take the test today. To become an Earth Advantage Broker, you must pass the accreditation exam*. 
    Register for the accreditation!

*To pass the accreditation exam, participants must receive an 80 percent or higher.

How to Maintain Your Accredited Earth Advantage Broker Status

EA Brokers are now expected to meet the following continuing education requirements
every 2 years in order to maintain their Earth Advantage Broker status:

  • Earn 4 credits hours
  • Pass the Accreditation Renewal Exam*

*The accreditation exam and study guide will be made available in the summer of 2014. Please stay tuned.

There are multiple opportunities to fulfill the CE requirements:

  1. Earth Advantage Institute Live Courses
    We provide monthly live courses in Portland, Oregon that allow
    Earth Advantage Brokers to earn a minimum of 1 CE every month. 
  2. Earth Adavntage Institute Online Webinars
    Recorded versions of monthly classes will be posted online and
    be made available to Earth Advantage Brokers on-demand.
  3. Earth Advantage Institute EA Broker Online Course
    The Earth Advantage Broker Online Course was created in 2013 with the most up-to-date
    curriculum grown from our courses across five states over the last six years.
  4. Other Coursework
    See the Approved Continuing Education Courses tab above for more information.

Approved Earth Advantage Broker continued education courses

Provider Course Title Credit Hours
Earth Advantage  Earth Advantage Broker 12
Earth Advantage  Building Science Fundamentals 14
Earth Advantage  High Performance Building Envelopes 14
Earth Advantage  Introduction, Philosophy & Integrated Design Process 14
Earth Advantage  Health, Materials, and Water 14
Earth Advantage Green Home Site Visits 2
Earth Advantage  Marketing for Green Homes 3
Earth Advantage Introduction to EPS in Oregon 3
SEEC LLC Identifying Green Features & MLS Fields 3.5
SEEC LLC Appraising Energy Efficiency in New Homes and Retrofits 3.5
SEEC LLC Green Building - The Marketing Advantage 3.5
SEEC LLC Getting the Most out of a Green Appraisal 3.5
SEEC LLC Energy Performance Scores - Valuing Energy Improvements 3.5
SEEC LLC Navigating Green Fields within the MLS Form 3.5
Energy Trust Energy Trust of Oregon Real Estate Ally Training 2

More CE courses to be added soon!

Interested in getting your course approved for Earth Advantage Broker CE credits?
Apply Now! or call 503.968.7160x20


"I just completed an AMAZING training with Earth Advantage- WOW! This was one of the clearest, most practical, easiest to digest, and most fun certification courses ever! I will be able to apply the content directly to my work as a REALTOR.... Thank you Earth Advantage for a crystal clear view into home energy efficiency and the world of sustainable building. It was a pleasure!"
Tracey Lockwood, Green Lynx Realty

"I have been in the business over 20 years and have taken many classes. This would rate on the top for long- lasting effect in my business and personal life. Since the class, my mind set has changed. I've told clients and agents this is the future. We all need to do our share. Thanks for the opportunity."
– Sherry Adcock | First Realty (Auburn, AL)

"Wonderful and pertinent class! The Earth Advantage Broker program is an indispensable tool for Realtors to professionally represent the new trends in building and design, and is invaluable in helping us to educate our clients on the durability, safety, and cost effectiveness of green products, practices, homes."
– Jenifer Jepson | The Hasson Company (Portland, OR)

"I would like to thank EarthAdvantage for the comprehensive look at the "world of home efficiency". This course gave an indepth look at each component that effects a home's makeup from conception to finish and considerations that a family would have to look into to make the appropriate decisions for their lifestyle and family. It also showed us the unique advantage in the marketing an energy efficient home that we have over others who have not taken the course. I would recommend that all Brokers and Realtors take this course and gain the EarthAdvantage!"
– Eugenic Lee | Your Realty Company (Montgomery, AL)

Is the course approved for continuing education units?

Yes.  The two-day, live course is approved for:
14 continuing education credits in WA
12 continuing education credits in OR, NV, VA
9 elective continuing education credits in AL

The online course is approved for:
8 continuing education credits in OR

How long is the live course?

Earth Advantage Broker is a two-day course. The course typically starts at 9:00 am and goes until 4:00 pm.

Are there any prerequisites or requirements?

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation course. However, participants seeking continuing education units or the Earth Advantage® Broker designation should be licensed real estate brokers or salespersons in Oregon or Washington. Certification requires full attendance and the successful completion of the online, open-book examination with a minimum passing grade of 80%. Students are allowed to retake the exam once to receive a passing grade

Who are the instructors? What are their qualifications?

Currently, Taylor Watkins is our Earth Advantage Broker Accreditation course instructor. Find out more about Taylor by reading his profile.

Are there site visits?

Yes, the course includes site visits of innovative certified homes, including Passive House, Net Zero, Living Building Challenge, LEED for Homes, Earth Advantage, and ENERGY STAR.  Generally, the course includes two site visits.

How do I take the accreditation test?

The online, certification exam is composed of 35 multiple choice questions. Upon (live and online) course completion, students will get access to our online testing site and will have two weeks from the completion of the course to attempt the exam. Successful completion of the exam, pass with a 80 percent or higher, you will earn the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation. Should you need to retake the exam, your course fee includes one retake of the certification exam.

Are there discounts or scholarships?

Group discounts and custom classes can be created on an individual basis; contact Earth Advantage Institute (EAI) for details. Currently, there are no scholarships available to offset the entire course cost

How long do I have to complete my CEs?

You must renew your accreditation every two (2) years.

How do I renew my Earth Advantage Broker accreditation?

  1. Register to take the Earth Advantage Broker accreditation exam. Once you pass the accreditation exam with a score of 80 percent or higher, you will receive an email confirmation that you passed.
  2. Submit all of the following to Earth Advantage:
    • Printed copy of the email confirmation you received when you passed the Earth Advantage accreditation exam.
    • Certificates of attendance verifying you completed the required 4 continuing education hours. See approved CE courses and providers for more information.

How do I become an approved provider of Earth Advantage Broker continued education?

If you would like your course to be approved for Earth Advantage Broker CE credits, you can Apply Now! or call 503.968.7160 x20 for details on our course approval process.

How long has Earth Advantage Broker been around?

In 2007, Earth Advantage created a real estate professional course (formerly titled Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals - S.T.A.R) focused on green homes in the wake of the Vancouver Valuation Summit. Since 2007, the course design and curriculum have grown and adapted to provide brokers with the most up-to-date education of green building trends and practices. Today, the Earth Advantage Broker program serves as a rigorous designation that provides real estate professionals with a competitive edge in communicating the benefits of green homes in their market.

Questions? Contact Ryan LaPoma at rlapoma@earthadvantage.org or 503.968.7160x25.


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