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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 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

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

The primary language for the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam is English. Translation is offered solely as an aid to non-native English speakers and is currently provided in Spanish.

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. The use of translators or foreign-language dictionaries during the examination will not be permitted.

How do I register for the exam?

Once your application is approved, you will be able to register for the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam by logging into your cityclimateplanner.org user account and visiting your profile page.

When you register for the exam, make sure your name is entered as it appears exactly on the legal ID that you will be using when you take your exam. If your native language utilizes non-Roman characters, be sure to use Roman characters when entering your name when registering for the exam.

After you complete registration and payment, you will be given a unique eligibility ID which will be available in your user account. You may use that eligibility ID to schedule your Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam.

How can I take the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam?

You have two options to take the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist exam. You may take the exam either at a Prometric Test Center or through a remotely proctored internet-enabled (online) location of your choice using Prometric’s ProProctor tool.

See the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist Candidate Handbook for registration instructions.

How do I schedule my exam if I want to go to a Prometric test center?

If you would like to schedule your exam at a physical test center, click here.

How do I schedule my exam as a remote proctored online exam?

If you would like to schedule a remote proctored exam, you will need to ensure that your computer meets the technical specifications and the space in which you intend to take your exam meets the testing environment requirements. See the Pre-Exam Checklist in the ProProctor User Guide and the Urban Greenhouse Gas Inventory Specialist Candidate Handbook.

Once you have verified your computer meets the minimum system requirements, you can click here to continue scheduling your remote proctored online exam.

What are the technical requirements to take a remote proctored online exam?

If you would like to schedule a remote proctored exam, you will need to ensure that your computer meets the technical specifications and the space in which you intend to take your exam meets the testing environment requirements.

You can review the technical requirements in the ProProctor User Guide. Perform a system readiness check at least seven (7) days before your exam to ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements. If you are having technical difficulties, refer to Prometric’s ProProctor FAQ or contact Prometric Technical Support who will provide assistance to troubleshoot errors (you may need to switch Ad-blocker software off in order to launch the technical support chat session).

The computer with which you intend to take your exam, must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 is the minimum resolution required
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or higher | MacOS 10.3 or higher
  • Web Browser: Latest Google Chrome
  • WebCam Resolution: 640 X 480 pixels External for desktops, Internal for laptops.
  • Microphone: Enabled
  • Download Speed: 500 Kbps or greater
  • Upload Speed: 384 Kbps

Only a laptop or desktop computer can be used to take the exam.

  • No dual-monitor configurations are permitted for testing (e.g. a desktop with two monitors or a laptop with a separate monitor).
  • Computers must be undocked and have a movable web-camera
Do I need to download an application in order to take the remote proctored online exam?

Yes. ProProctor is the application Prometric have developed for remote proctored exams. The ProProctor User Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the application, system requirements, and testing environment requirements.

I am not able to download and install the ProProctor App on my computer, what should I do?

Review the technical requirements in the ProProctor User Guide and perform a system readiness check before downloading and installing the ProProctor App. If you are having technical difficulties, contact Prometric Technical Support who will provide assistance to troubleshoot errors (you may need to switch ad-blocker software off in order to launch the technical support chat session).

If you are using a computer issued by your employer, you may need to contact your IT department in order to download and install the ProProctor App.

When should I log on for my remote proctored online exam?

You will need to log on to ProProctor 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam appointment. Upon logging into the Prometric site, you will be prompted to go through a series of security checks before launching your exam. You must abide by the Prometric security rules in the remote proctored environment. It is recommended you carefully read these before your scheduled exam date since you will be required to agree to them before starting your exam.

What can I expect during check-in for my online exam?

The ProProctor User Guide provides you with step-by-step instructions for how to check-in for our online exam; you should read it carefully. The check-in and security screening processes are very similar to what you would expect at a Prometric Test Center, but in an online environment. An online Prometric Readiness Agent will ask you to provide a 360-degree view of your environment using your webcam. You will need to have a small mirror to-hand so that the Readiness Agent can check your computer keyboard and screen to ensure that there is nothing attached. They will then ask you to stand up to do a visual scan of your person. This will include (but is not limited too) conducting a sleeve, pocket and glasses check. Just as at a Test Center, remember to remove jewelry and empty your pockets prior to check in.

Top tip: it is best to wear clothes that do not have pockets – it can be challenging turning-out the pockets on a pair of Jeans on camera!

What happens if someone comes into the room I am using for my online exam?

It is very important that you take your exam in room with a door you can close. No one else can be in the room.

Before launching your online exam, you will have agreed to being recorded (audio and visual) for the duration of your exam. If someone else comes into the room where you are taking your exam, privacy laws require that Prometric immediately shut down your exam because the individual entering the room has not consented to being recorded. If someone enters the room where you are taking your online exam, your exam will be invalidated, and you will forfeit the full exam fee.

Why am I not allowed to say the exam questions out loud when I am taking an online exam?

It is very important that you take your exam in room with a door you can close. No one else can be in the room.

Reading the questions out loud breaches exam security protocols. The content of the exam is confidential and may not be shared with anyone, including the exam Proctor.

I am having technical problems during my remotely proctored exam, what should I do?

A Remote Proctor will be supervising your exam during its entire duration. You can contact the Remote Proctor via chat or audio if:

  • You experience a problem with your computer
  • An Error message appears on the computer screen (do not clear the message)
  • You need to contact the proctor for any other reason
Am I allowed to take a break during my online exam?

No, breaks are not permitted during remotely proctored online exams. It is strictly prohibited for you to be out of the webcam’s field of vision at any point while taking the exam. If you leave your seat during the exam, except when authorized to leave by the Remote Proctor at the end of the exam, your exam session and fees are forfeited.

Can I reschedule or cancel my exam?

You can reschedule or cancel your exam appointment by visiting Prometric.com/gbci. You must have your Prometric-issued 16 digit confirmation number. You can find this number on your auto-generated email from Prometric.

  • You may reschedule or reschedule your exam up to 30-days prior to your exam without incurring a rescheduling fee.
  • If you reschedule an exam fewer than 30 days, but more than three days before the scheduled date, you will be charged a $50 fee.
  • You cannot reschedule your exam after midnight on the third day before your scheduled exam appointment. For example, Wednesday appointments cannot be rescheduled after Sunday, 11:59 pm EST.
  • If you miss your exam date or fail to reschedule at least 3 days prior to your exam, you will forfeit the entire exam registration fee.

When you reschedule your exam, you will receive a new exam confirmation email from Prometric. If you cancel, you will receive a cancellation notice. If you do not, please contact Prometric immediately to confirm your exam was rescheduled or canceled.

Days until exam Refunds Reschedules
30 days or more Yes Yes
3-29 days Yes ($50 fee) Yes ($50 fee)
2 days or less No No
If I cancel my exam, am I eligible for a refund?

To receive a refund exam, you must contact GBCI. Whether you are eligible for a refund for your canceled exam depends on how far in advance you cancel your exam.

What if I scheduled my exam at a Prometric test center, but I want to take the remotely proctored online exam?

If you have scheduled your exam at a Prometric test center and would like to reschedule it for a remotely proctored online exam, visit Prometric.com/gbci in order to cancel your original appointment then schedule a remotely proctored online exam.

What if I scheduled my exam as a remotely proctored online exam, but want to take my exam at a Prometric test center?

If you have scheduled your exam at as remotely proctored online exam and would like to reschedule it at a Prometric test center, visit Prometric.com/gbci in order to cancel your original appointment then schedule at a Prometric test center.


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.