Online training for sustainability professionals

Stay ahead of the curve with the GRI Academy – the world’s number one training provider for impact reporting. We offer globally applicable and recognized professional development alongside the latest sustainability-related curriculum, including the GRI Professional Certification program and online training courses and tutorials.

Become a GRI certified sustainability professional

With two flexible learning routes to choose from – online self-paced via the GRI Academy (route A) or blended and instructor-led (route B) – our Professional Certification program provides a unique opportunity to gain expertise and global recognition in sustainability reporting with the GRI Standards.

The program is comprised of four courses:

1. Introduction to sustainability reporting and the GRI Standards

2. Reporting with GRI Standards

3. Reporting on Human Rights with GRI Standards

4. Integrating the SDGs into sustainability reporting

and a final certification exam.

By completing the courses and the exam, you will obtain the ‘GRI Certified Sustainability Professional’ status, which is valid for one year. Your certification can be renewed by earning 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), awarded when you complete additional GRI Academy training courses.

For a more detailed overview of the program, please consult our FAQ and flyer, which answers the most common questions asked by participants.

Before sitting the Professional Certification Exam 2021, please ensure to read the exam policy and the exam instructions.

GRI Community

Every GRI Community membership for organizations includes at least one complimentary enrollment in the GRI Professional Certification Program, valued at €1250 if purchased separately. Please note, that being a GRI Community member is only accessible for organizations, and is not the same as being a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional.

You can find more information about GRI Community membership for your organization here, and you can officially sign up your organization to the GRI Community by filling in this form.


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