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City Climate Planner program

What is the City Climate Planner program?

To help build capacity in local-level climate planning, the World Bank and global partners developed the City Climate Planner program. The program is an overarching name to represent the distinct scopes, or professional areas of practice which aim to increase the global talent base of climate planning professionals.

The areas of practice will include at minimum the following: Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist, City Climate Action Planning Specialist (Mitigation), City Climate Action Planning Specialist (Adaptation and Resilience), and possibly additional scopes in other areas to be determined.

Why focus on professional certifications?

A professional certification for individuals working in city climate action can bring the following benefits:

  • Draw individuals to the field of climate planning by establishing a professionalized career path
  • Provide a quality assurance mechanism and recognition of expertise, also as a signal to potential employers
  • Establish a set of technically sound practices that can help enhance the overall quality of climate planning
  • Support communities of practice or professional associations that evolve and grow the profession
  • Connect inventory findings to broader local and national climate goals to help formulate and shift policy to benefit city scale green growth
  • Enhance data collection, data review and data interpretation skills to offer guidance to local decision-makers
How can cities help tackle climate change?

Cities can play a key role in mitigating climate change. They are quickly becoming the world’s center for business and commerce, accounting for over 80 percent of the world’s economic activity, but also contributing to two-thirds of the world’s overall energy consumption and about 70 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

With urban populations booming, the choices local governments make today about managing their emissions and preparing for climate change will have major impacts on the health and economic well-being of their city. Urban development is now more important than ever, and with smart green growth initiatives, cities can help offset the impacts of climate change.

Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist Credential

About the exam / Exam application / Scheduling an exam
Exam results / Maintaining your credential

About the exam

What is an Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist?

An Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist coordinates with stakeholders, gathers and analyzes data, and calculates and reports community‐scale greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Global Protocol for Community‐Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) to help cities meet climate change mitigation objectives.

What are the eligibility requirements to sit for the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

Practical experience* in all phases of developing a GHG inventory on a community or national scale. The applicant must have participated in each of the following GHG inventory development activities:

  • Project planning
  • Defining the scope of emissions inventory
  • Managing data
  • Calculating emissions
  • Synthesizing emission inventory results
  • Reporting activities

*Practical experience is defined as work performed on a job:

  • Plus a degree in higher education. Higher education is defined as completion of a degree beyond high school.
  • Or five years working in a related field. Related field may include, but is not limited to: agriculture, climate science, economics, energy, environmental, facilities management, natural resources, public administration, sustainability, transportation, urban planning, utilities management, waste management.
How much does it cost to take the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

Please see the fee structure on our website.

What language(s) is the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam in?

The exam is available in English and Spanish. The use of translators or foreign-language dictionaries during the examination will not be permitted.

For candidates who elect to test with an available translation, the exam will be presented with a split screen. The English question and answer choices will be on the right, and the corresponding translation will appear on the left.

What is the minimum score I need to receive to pass the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

You must earn a scaled score of a 170. The scaled score for all GBCI exams ranges from 125-200. The scaled score is calculated by taking the candidate’s raw score (total number of correct questions) and mapping into a standardized scare between 125 and 200, with the minimum competency threshold always mapped to a scaled score of 170.

How do I prepare for the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC) was used to develop the exam. The test specifications, as well as sample questions, are also available in the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist Candidate Handbook.

Exam application

How do I apply for the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

Visit the website to create an account, and complete the online application. You will be notified within two weeks of your eligibility to sit for the exam.

How long will it take GBCI staff to review my exam application submission?

You should receive an email notification if you are eligible for the exam within two weeks.

Once my application for the exam is approved, how long do I have to take the exam?

Once your application is approved, you will have one year to schedule your exam session.

What happens if my exam application approval expires?

The exam approval is valid for one year from the application approval date. This means that the exam must be scheduled and taken within one year. If you apply for the exam and is deemed eligible, but do not schedule a date to sit for the exam within one year, the exam application eligibility expires and you will need to reapply and pay all applicable fees.

Once an exam application is approved, no refunds will be made if you no longer wish to take the exam.

Scheduling an exam

Can I reschedule an exam?

Prometric.com/gbci is available 24 hours per day for scheduling, rescheduling and confirming exam appointments. To schedule an exam, you will need to have first applied and registered with GBCI. To reschedule, cancel, or confirm, an exam appointment, you will need your Prometric-issued 16 digit confirmation number.

Can an exam be cancelled and refunded?

You can confirm, cancel or reschedule an exam on the Prometric website. You may reschedule or cancel your exam up 30 days prior to your exam without a fee. If you reschedule or cancel an exam fewer than 30 days but more than 3 days before the scheduled date, you will be charged a $50 fee. You cannot reschedule your exam after midnight on the third day before the scheduled appointment. (For example, Wednesday appointments cannot be rescheduled after Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST)

When you reschedule an exam, you will receive a new email confirmation. If you do not, please contact Prometric immediately to confirm your exam was rescheduled.

Days until exam Refunds Rescheduling
30 days or more Yes Yes
3-29 days Yes ($50 fee) Yes ($50 fee)
2 days or less No No

Exam results

Can I retake the exam if I fail?

If your attempt was unsuccessful you may register again in the same way as initial registration. After three unsuccessful exam attempts, however, you must wait 90 days before purchasing another exam registration and you must be within the one-year window of your application approval. Candidates must pay the fee for each exam attempt.

How do I submit comments on the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

While taking your exam, you may come across test items on which you would like to leave comments. Please make sure to add your comments during the exam by clicking on the comment button located in the navigation bar on the screen. Be sure to inform GBCI that you have left comments on your exam, including the email address that you used when you signed up for the exam and the date that you took your exam. GBCI will review the questions, and you will be notified of the findings.

Because of the need for test security, GBCI will not release exam questions or answers to candidates, GBCI does not respond to complaints or challenges received more than 10 days after the test date and does not respond to complaints sent to organizations other than GBCI.

GBCI does not modify exam scores under any conditions. In the event of a valid exam content complaint, you will be given the opportunity to retest; your score will not be changed. The only way to earn the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential is to earn a 170 on the exam.

Can I see the questions that I missed?

GBCI does not release exam content or answers or allow candidates to review proprietary content under any circumstances.

Can my exam score be reviewed?

Exam scoring is standardized through a computerized algorithmic process, which is applied exactly the same way to each Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist that is taken. GBCI will investigate exam scores only in instances of technical malfunctions at the test site.

How soon will I receive the results from the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

Your pass/fail results will be displayed on the screen at the end of the exam and your score report will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

Maintaining your credential

How do I maintain my Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential?

The credential requires ongoing maintenance every five years. Please review the Candidate Handbook and our credential maintenance section.

How often do I have to renew the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential?

The Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential is maintained in five-year cycles, or reporting periods, starting when the credential is earned (based on exam or enrollment date) and ending five years minus one day from the start date. The purpose of credential maintenance is to encourage learning experiences that demonstrate continue competency and up-to-date industry knowledge.

Exam or enrollment date/reporting period start date Reporting period end date Next reporting period start date Next reporting period end date
Oct. 15, 2017 Oct. 14, 2022 Oct. 15, 2022 Oct. 14, 2027
What happens if I do not complete my credential maintenance program (CMP) requirements?

If you do not complete your CMP requirements by the end of your five-year reporting period, you will lose your credential.

How do I renew my Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist credential?

Credential holders may renew in one of two ways:

  1. Submit work experience and continuing education, or
  2. Submit work experience and retake the examination
How do I earn continuing education (CE) hours towards my credential renewal?

You must earn CE hours through activities that contribute to continued competence. Activity types may include the following options, but is not limited to: education (e-learning; conferences; training; academic course work; webinars) authorship, and volunteering. Please review the CMP requirements in the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist Candidate Handbook.

Can I count the same course for continuing education credit multiple times?

Education received and delivered are awarded as follows:

  • Within the five-year certification cycle, credential holders can only take the same education activity (course, webinar, etc.) once per five-year cycle
  • Instructors, teachers and presenters may claim credit for each instance of delivering each continuing education activity
How do I self-report CE hours?

To self-report CMP activities, log into your account and select Report CMP Activity.

How can I request an extension to my current CMP reporting period?

Unforeseen circumstances might prevent you from being able to complete your credential maintenance in your 5-year reporting period, you may contact for a waiver or an extension. Situations that could be recognized by GBCI as hardship include:

  • Long-term unemployment
  • Military deployment
  • Health problems
  • Death in the family

This list is not exhaustive nor do these circumstances guarantee a waiver or extension. Written requests with supporting documentation must be received at least 30 days before the end of your reporting period. GBCI reviews requests on a case-by-case basis and only grants waivers or extensions in situations where you were prevented from completing your CMP.

How soon can I renew my credentials once I have all my CE hours?

You may submit CE hours after you earn your credential and may renew your credential during year five of your reporting period.

What is the cost for credential maintenance renewal?

Please visit our credential maintenance section for renewal fees.

May I receive a refund for my renewal fee?

The renewal fee is nonrefundable.

What if I let my credential expire?

There will be a 90-day grace period after your credential expires to renew. If you do not renew during this grace period, you will need to apply and take the exam again. You will be subject to all applicable fees.