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Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know

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You've made up your mind. You're ready to step up your game and become a LEED professional.  

Here's what you need to know about the application:

First things first: the eligibility requirements

  • LEED Green Associate: You must be 18 years old to take this exam, but beyond that there are no eligibility requirements. However, we do recommended that you have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through education, volunteering, or work experience.
  • LEED AP with specialty: You will not be required to document experience on a LEED-registered or certified project, but it will be assessed within the exam.

The application steps

  1. Log into your site user account, then navigate to Credentials.
  2. Select your exam of choice.
  3. Complete the exam registration process.
  4. Schedule exam date and location on

The cost

  • LEED Green Associate exam: USGBC/CaGBC members/full-time students: $200 (non-members: $250)
  • LEED AP specialty exam: USGBC/CaGBC members: $250 (non-members: $350)
  • Combined exam (LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty): USGBC/CaGBC members: $400 (non-members: $550)

How long do I have?

Registration is valid for one year. In that year you are allotted three registrations per exam section. After this year expires, you must wait 90 days before registering again. You may also request an extension of the one year registration period for extenuating circumstances. 

Ready to do this?

Take the first step and apply

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Project Manager, Wm. Huber Cabinet Works Inc.
I was under the impression that in order to obtain LEED AP credentials, you first had to become LEED GA. Have the rules changed? I am interested in becoming LEED AP (ID+C). Is there a direct route without testing for the LEED GA?
Hi..would like to check with u guys..actually I paid for LEED AP exam but haven't decided yet when to take the exam..can my colleague sit for the exam but using my other word can the exam transfer to others?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! You may request a refund for your exam, and then your colleague may register and pay for the exam separately. Here is some information about requesting a refund: You should reach out to our customer service team directly. Thanks!
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Green Building Research Institute's Incredible Offer: LEED AP Exam Prep only at $ 129.00/- All Inclusive LEED v4 Exam Prep comprising LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flash cards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams at an affordable price of $ 129.00/- Please use the coupon code "apaug" to avail this amazing discount! Kindly follow this link to grab the offer:
., U.S. Green Building Council
For prospective candidates for the LEED Green Associate, you can find offerings from all USGBC Education Partners through Education @USGBC ( (Thanks for posting your latest products, Harikrishnan!)
Building Mechanical (Engineer-In-Training), CDM Smith
Can anyone let me know the pass rate for LEED AP BD+C version 4? Thank you.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Although the pass rate is not published publicly, the most successful candidates will have mastered the references and materials outlined in the LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook: This article will also outlined additional resources, sample questions, and one of our partner’s courses to help you prepare: Good luck!
Manager - BPO services, Prokarma Softech pvt ltd
Hello, Can somebody please guide me the reference books, online somewhere? Could you please tell me if i can appear for exam somewhere in INDIA?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential! Please review the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: This article will also outline resources to help you prepare for your exam: For more information about testing locations, please feel free to visit and select "Locate a Test Center". Good luck!
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Dear Kaushalendra, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) offers one of the finest LEED Exam Prep materials in the industry. As a starting point, please have a look at our Free Resources: To access GBRI's LEED Exam Prep, please follow the link: You could take U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Exam in India at any of the Prometric Centers spread across all leading cities. To locate the nearest test center, please visit: Kind regards, Hari
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