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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 usgbc.org 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 prometric.com/gbci.

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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Graduate Student, University of Southern California
What is the difference between AP full exam & specialty exam? If I would like to focus mainly on BD+C, should I only take the specialty exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Everyone must pass the Green Associate Exam prior to taking the specialty exam to obtain a LEED AP BD+C credential. You can take the exams separately or take the combined exam which includes both the Green Associate section and the BD+C specialty section in one exam appointment. Please refer to the candidate handbook for more information. Best wishes preparing for your exam!
Architectural Intern II, Parette Somjen Architects
Is the LEED GA a prerequisite for the LEED AP? Must I take the Green Associate exam prior to taking the AP exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, everyone must pass the Green Associate Exam prior to taking the specialty exam to obtain a LEED AP with specialty credential. You can take the exams separately or take the combined exam which includes both the Green Associate section and the specialty section in one exam appointment. Best wishes preparing for your exam!
Managing Director, BESIC Group
In case I have studied and prepared for the LEED Green Assoc exam, after how long am I allowed to schedule my exam after registration for it in USGBC?
Hi. I plan to take only the GA exam this mid-year. Is it okay to take the LEED GA without taking the AP specialty on the following days after GA exam? I don't have experience with projects involving with it and may take years of experience to be able to get the exam of AP w/ specialty..
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty. Yes, you may take the credentials at two different exam times, even if they are days apart. Of course, that depends on the availability of your preferred testing center. Also, you are eligible to take the test for any LEED credentials without having project experience. For more information about the current eligibility requirements for LEED credentials, please consult the candidate handbook for the credential(s) of interest to you: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbook. Finally, we have instituted a number of other improvements for our credential holders. To learn more, please read this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/better-credential-experience-here. Good luck!
Student, Columbia University
Where can I find the date for the next LEED GA exam in New York?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate. You may register for the LEED Green Associate exam through your USGBC.org account. (Log into your account and then select your name or photo at the top, right-hand corner. Select “Credentials” and then click on the LEED Green Associate exam to register.) Once you have registered for the exam through USGBC.org, you will be able to schedule your exam. Should you prefer to confirm more specifics about testing locations or other details, please feel free to visit www.prometric.com/gbci. We also detail other specifics about exam registration and day-of expectations in the candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook.
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