From the Help Center: Commonly asked questions about LEED professional exams | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED professional credentials are a mark of excellence within the green building marketplace, illustrating that the credential holder has a documented, up-to-date understanding of the latest industry principles and practices. Every year, numerous professionals register for the tests as the first step in their journey toward earning a LEED credential.

Are you considering taking a LEED professional exam, but are unsure where to start or which one to register for?

From the USGBC Help Center, here’s a quick recap about each test and a roundup of commonly asked questions. We also encourage you to submit questions if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Types of LEED exams

LEED Green Associate: The LEED Green Associate credential affirms a professional’s thorough comprehension of green building principles and practices. The test is ideal for those newer to sustainability and LEED.

LEED AP: LEED AP credential distinguishes those with advanced knowledge in green building, plus expertise in a particular LEED rating system. Previous experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended.

For more information about each exam, read “I’ve got a question! Taking a LEED professional exam” and “Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know.”

Commonly asked questions

How do I register for an exam?

Please visit our Credentials page to learn how to apply and register. The application and registration process is in English. You’ll be asked to choose the language of your exam.

Where can I take a LEED professional exam?

Exams are offered at Prometric testing centers worldwide. Locate a testing center

What happens if my exam application expires?

After an application expires, candidates are required to wait 90 days before submitting a new application to GBCI. This means that if you do not earn the credential with your allotted registrations, or if you allow your application period to expire without using your registrations, you must wait 90 days to reapply.

If your application period expires, you must once again demonstrate eligibility for your chosen credential route when you reapply.

What happens if I pass only one part of the LEED AP exam? 

If you pass one part of the LEED AP exam, you will have to retake only the part you failed. Please note that you are subject to the restrictions of three attempts per application period. For example, if it is your first attempt, you will have two additional attempts within the application period to take and pass the part you failed.

Do I get a break between the first and second part of the LEED AP exam?

No. You may get up and leave your seat (with permission from the test center staff), but the timer will not stop, so the time elapsed will be reflected in the time remaining for the exam.

Can I see the questions that I missed?

GBCI does not release exam content or answers or allow candidates to review proprietary content under any circumstances. 

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