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Congratulations! You’ve earned a LEED professional credential, demonstrating your expertise and leadership in the green building marketplace. As a LEED professional, you’re required to maintain your credential by earning continuing education (CE) hours. What are those, exactly?

At the USGBC Help Center, we’re here to help you understand what CEs are and why they matter. Below, you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions about credential maintenance for LEED professionals. 

We also encourage you to submit questions to the Help Center if you can’t find what you’re looking for and to refer to the CMP Guide for additional information.

What are continuing education or credential maintenance hours?

In the context of LEED credentialing, CE hours are what LEED professionals spend in credential maintenance activities. They are calculated based on the activity. 

If you’re a LEED AP, you must earn 30 CE hours every two years to maintain your credential. If you’re a LEED Green Associate, you must earn 15 CE hours every two years.

What are LEED-specific hours? 

Both LEED Green Associates and LEED APs require LEED-specific CE hours.

For LEED Green Associate, three of your required 15 CE hours must be LEED-specific. For LEED AP, six of your required 30 CE hours must be LEED-specific. For LEED AP with specialty, the six LEED-specific hours must directly relate to your specialty designation.

LEED-specific hours meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Process-related to LEED,
  • Credit- or-category-related, such as dealing with requirements intents or version comparisons,
  • An in-depth, technical LEED update,
  • An in-depth LEED project case study targeted toward a specific LEED credit,
  • A best practice lesson that entails successful or unsuccessful application of LEED, or
  • Showing benefits of using LEED (ROI, grants, taxes or incentives).

How do I self-report CE hours?

To self-report CMO activities, log into your Credentials account and select Report CE Hours. 

When does my continuing education reporting period begin and end?

You have two years to earn the CE hours. The reporting period begins on the exam or enrollment date and ends two years, minus one day, later.

What happens if I don’t complete my continuing education requirements?

If you don’t complete your CE requirements by the end of your reporting period, you lose your LEED professional status.

The only exception is if you’re a LEED AP who earned your credential before June 30, 2009. If you don’t meet CE requirements for your specialty, you lose your specialty and revert back to your status as a LEED AP without specialty. You never lose your LEED AP credential.

Learn more about credential maintenance

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