GRI G4 Exam
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability, Sustainability Reporting

GRI G4 EXAM – Worth the time and effort

I have been away for a few weeks enjoying the holiday break and studying for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Exam. I passed!

For the past two years I have been a trainer in the GRI Certified Training Program with the ISOS Group. You would expect that trainers know the guidelines well!

Is taking the exam worthwhile for others in the sustainability reporting field? Yes! Passing the exam demonstrates your knowledge of the GRI G4 Guidelines. Your employer and clients will have external validation that you are knowledgeable.

In order to be eligible to take the exam, you must complete the GRI G4 Certified Training Course. During this course, you spend two days learning about the guidelines and reporting process. After completing the requirements of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

How much did you retain? When you pass the exam, you demonstrate that you met the GRI’s standard of knowledge. If your employer has paid for you to take the course, why not take the exam to show that their money was well spent. You did more than just attend.

How will others know that you passed the exam? You can put it on your resume. Even better and more public, your name will be on the GRI website on the successful candidates page.

The exam is not free so I recommend that you study. I did, and it was worth my time.

If you decide to take the exam, good luck!



2 thoughts on “GRI G4 EXAM – Worth the time and effort”

  1. Hi, thanks for the post. I am taking the Certified Training for this in NYC this April. I wanted to know what materials are out there for studying? Online, guides you can purchase, etc? I wanted to get a head start on studying so I could be ready the weekend after I took the 2 day course so it is fresh in my mind. Thanks for the response, Melinda

  2. Hi Melinda,
    Thank you for your question. The GRI website has an exam resources page that you might find useful. From this page, you can download the free G4 guidelines, which are in two pdf documents entitled Reporting Principles & Standard Disclosures (RPSD) and Implementation Manual (IM). Studying these will be quite helpful for the training and the exam. You will want to start with the RPSD. The IM provides the same information as the RPSD but with more details about implementing the guidelines. Throughout the RPSD, there are specific page references to the where the topics are covered in the IM. In addition, the GRI recommends “Introducing the Sustainability Reporting Process, A How-to Handbook for all G4 Reporters,” as an additional resource, which they sell for 25 euros. I cannot comment on the handbook because I have not seen it. I hope this is helpful. Gwen

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