Internal practitioners and sustainability consultants can both become licensed to use S-CORE. You need to have a strong understanding of sustainability principles and practices, along with experience implementing sustainability in organizations.
There are four ways to become licensed to implement S-CORE:
ATTEND THE ANNUAL DISTANCE LEARNING WORKSHOP. At least once each year, generally in January (although if there is sufficient interest we will also have a June class) we offer a distance learning workshop (5 weeks with recorded lectures, live webinars, assignments, etc.) Contact us to be put on an invitation list.
GROUP LICENSING. You can arrange for group training if you can pull together enough people for a class. This option is best when you have a number of people to train at one time.
SELF-STUDY. If you are disciplined, you can complete the distance learning class in a self-study, on-demand fashion.
DO S-CORE. If your organization (or if you're a consultant, if you have a client) who wants S-CORE, we can conduct S-CORE and license you in the process.
Note that prospective assessors must possess a strong working knowledge of sustainability concepts and practices as this is necessary for proper use of S-CORE. To decide if you have enough knowledge to become a licensed assessor do this quick self-test—You should know what these abbreviations mean: GRI, TNS, ISO-14001, EMS, LEED, SA-8000.
Anyone* can purchase a copy of The Business Guide to Sustainability and use the paper-and-pencil assessment in the book. However, you will not get the full S-CORE assessment, which includes: our expert analysis of your results, a formal report with our recommendations and associated resources, or charts showing how your results compare to others who have taken S-CORE. In addition, the on-line S-CORE includes items not found in the book including benchmark data and sector supplements, thus giving you the most up-to-date assessment available.
*Anyone can use the assessment with their own organization only. Consultants are required to become licensed if they want to use S-CORE in their practice.