Professional Certification Program

Training for sustainability professionals

Master your understanding of the GRI Standards and their use by joining our professional certification program, available in English and Spanish.

With two flexible learning routes to choose from - blended or online and self-paced - the program provides a unique opportunity to help you gain expertise and global recognition in sustainability reporting with the GRI Standards.

Once obtained, your certification can be renewed annually through the continuing education units (CEUs)


Who is the GRI certification for?

If sustainability is your main profession, be it in a corporate or consulting environment, and if you are supporting sustainability reporting within your organization as part of your role in operations, finance, communications or other functions, you should definitely consider obtaining it.

The GRI certification can help you:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills needed to use the GRI Standards. 
  • Get professional recognition by a trusted source. 
  • Improve the quality of your sustainability reporting. 
  • Upskill and gain a competitive edge in your career.
  • Strengthen your sustainability reporting credentials.

Choose your learning path

Online and self-paced learning

All five courses covering the fundamentals of GRI reporting and the final exam are easily accessible 24/7 through the GRI Academy – GRI's own learning platform. You choose how, when and where to start learning.

The online courses offer interactive, narrated learning with intermediate checkpoints to monitor progress and help you stay on track. Find out more about the online learning plan.

Blended learning

Opt for the GRI Standards Certified Training Course, our trainer-facilitated online or in-person classroom course, delivered by one of our trusted Certified Training Partners (CTPs) in 57 countries. Follow up with the courses of ‘Sustainability Reporting Process’ and ‘Integrating SDGs Into Sustainability reporting’ through our CTPs or online, and complete your certification with a final online exam.

Enjoy a highly interactive setting with guidance from your trainer, plus local and context-specific materials and opportunities to broaden your perspectives through knowledge sharing with other participants.

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More information

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My experience in the Program was entirely positive. I felt as though the teachers understood deeply both the theory and practical application of the Standards, which helped me better grasp how to apply them in my role; this aspect also makes it great for someone who is being exposed to sustainability standards for the first time. I work at an organization where we are in our infancy in terms of sustainability reporting, and the Program empowered me to be a well-positioned internal advocate for both the GRI Standards specifically and sustainability reporting more generally.

Marissa Garcia, Social Compliance & Sustainability Manager, PopSockets LLC