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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: 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?

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hi there. I wonder if i will be able to conduct LEED projects on my behalf after having passed LEED Green Assosciate Exam. Thank you.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Bekir, Earning a LEED Green Associate credential is not a prerequisite to registering a LEED project or joining a LEED project team. Your ability to manage LEED projects will be dependent on your experience, and a LEED credential is a great first step.
Good morning we have a construction consultant office in UAE , what is the requirement and stuff qualification to certified our office as a consultant office for Green Building Design. also how is your representing or certified office in UAE
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Alaa, Thank you for your interest. While we don't certify companies as consultants, there are many opportunities for your organization to become involved in the green building movement at USGBC. An organization can become a member of USGBC (more info here: http://www.usgbc.org/community) while individuals within the company can showcase their LEED knowledge by earning LEED accredited professional credentials (http://www.usgbc.org/credentials). This article may also be interesting to you: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-international-roundtable
I'm service professional and interested to do LEED AP O&M , Please guide me the steps , how i can achieve my goal. I need to do this certification any how. Your suggestion will be much appreciated .
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Noorul, Congratulations on deciding that you'll be pursuing your LEED AP O+M. You will want to decide if you will first take the LEED Green Associate exam to earn your LEED Green Associate credential and then take your LEED AP O+M exam or if you'd prefer to take the combined exam option and prepare for them both at the same time. There is no best route, but, just one that allows you to be most successful! Please see more information on your exam options: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. I recommend reading this article "Are you ready to earn your LEED Green Associate Credential" http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156. This takes you through the step by step process of earning your LEED Green Associate credential. If you decide you want to take the combined exam option, here are the LEED AP O+M study resources we have available: LEED O+M exam prep • Reference Guide: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-operations-... All-Inclusive LEED v4 O+M Exam Prep http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/allinclusive-leed-v4-om-exam-pre... • Free Candidate Handbook, including Sample Questions (available in multiple languages): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/grid/credentialing • GBS’ LEED AP O+M exam prep course:http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640 • Introduction to LEED v4 (created by the USGBC, free with subscription):http://www.usgbc.org/node/2772813 • Course: LEED v4 Rating System Review O+M (created by the USGBC):http://www.usgbc.org/node/4451178
Hello! I am interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate. I was wondering if the credential applies to every country on earth. Is it the same exam in every country? and, if I take the test in one country, can I use my credential in any country and on any project on earth? Thank you very much!!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Carmen, Thank you for your interest. All LEED credentials are recognized worldwide and the same exam is administered at Prometric facilities around the globe. Best wishes pursuing your credential!
Hi! I am interested in taking the LEED AP BD+C Exam. Do I have to take both the LEED Green Associate AND the LEED AP Specialty exam? Or can I take the LEED AP BD+C Exam on its own. I'm a bit confused by the information on the website. FYI - I have experience working on LEED documentation as an architect on 3 projects. Thanks!
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Rachel, Thank you for your question. You have a few options when pursuing your LEED AP BD+C credential. You can either first schedule and take your LEED Green Associate exam and earn your LEED Green Associate credential and then on a later date schedule and take your specialty exam to earn your LEED AP BD+C or you can take both exams at the same time by selecting the combined or full exam option. There is a small price difference if you take the combined exam. Full exam (or combined exam) fee: $400 ($550 for non-members); vs taking the LEED Green Associate exam at $200 ($250 for non members) and then taking the Specialty exam at a later date $250 ($350 for non members). If you take the combined exam and pass the LEED Green Associate but not the specialty exam you will earn your LEED Green Associate credential (you will need to request this option by emailing us at http://www.usgbc.org/contactus) and will only need to re-take the specialty exam at a later date. To get started you will want to log into your USGBC account or create an account at USGBC.org. From there you will go to USGBC.org/account/credentials and select the exam you would like to register for. Education@USGBC offers a wealth of resources for studying for your exam. You will also benefit by reviewing the references in the candidate handbooks for the exams (Green Associate handbook: http://go.usgbc.org/green-associate.html; and BD+C handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook). We wish you the best on your exam(s)!
CEO, Creative Business Associates
please let me know the centre in mumbai india and the contact numbers Pooja
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Pooja, thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Currently, the only testing center in India that offers the LEED Green Associate exam is in Hyderabad. However, different testing centers may offer different exams.  If you would like to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose the exam you would like to take from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day.
Electrical Project Engineer, Fiskaa Engineering
I have just taken the LEED AP BD+C exam today and I passed. How long is it before my credential gets applied to my account and I receive a certificate? I want to start my Continuing Education hours as soon as possible. Thank you.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Andrew, congratulations on passing your exam! Exam scores are typically transmitted to GBCI every 24-48 hours and credentials are updated automatically. When your credential has uploaded, you can download your certificate from your credentials account (http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials).
Hello , where is the Exam Center in Doha , Qatar
Hello, 1.I want to ask what is exactly the eligibility requirement for LEED GA 2.Where would be the Exam Center in Doha , Qatar 3.If i pay an amount now to enroll for next exam how soon i can attend the exam
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. 1. GBCI recommends that candidates taking the LEED Green Associate Exam have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing. It is only a recommendation and no other requirements exist. 2.You do have the option to check the availability/location at a test center before you purchase an exam. To do this please navigate to www.prometric.com and select 'Locate a Test Center'. Select 'GBCI' from the test sponsor list and then click 'Locate a Test Center' again. You will be promoted to enter country, city and state. Once you find a test center convenient for you click the green hyperlinked 'Availability' in the right hand corner of the test location. You can select the month and then click 'Go' to see the dates and times. The test facility in Doha is: 8296: DOHA, QATAR, New Horizons Computer Training Company, Al Waab City B, Salwa Road, DOHA. 3. Once you register for the exam you could schedule your exam date within a day or two depending on the location availability. I hope that helps!
Thank you for the information Dawn Strength
Electrical Construction Engineer, Orlando Construction Co. W.L.L
Hi, help me out to select between https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... and https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-green-associates-exam-preparation/ to prepare for LEED GA. It will be great help if one can provide the coupon code to avail discount. and would like to know the duration of each classroom session. Thanks
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Syed, I would be happy to assist you with this! I apologize for any confusion, both the links are for our All-Inclusive Exam Prep packages. We are currently offering a sale that discounts this package to only $99. To receive these discounted rates please use the coupon code LEEDGA. https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-green-associates-exam-preparation/ If you have any questions feel free to email me at felicia.fuller@gbrionline.org. Thanks, Felicia - GBRI
I have finally signed up and registered.The details that I require are regarding the exam.The test that you conduct where does it take place exactly?Is it an online test?I currently reside in Pakistan;if per se the test is conducted in an administered examination center where in Pakistan does that occur? Also, I am an undergraduate student and am currently enrolled in the bachelors of architecture program.What credentials could I apply for at this stage and how will they help me in my professional career?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muhammad Isfandyar Khan You can find the closest test center by going to https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx and select 'Locate a Test Center'. Select 'GBCI' from the test sponsor list and then click 'Locate a Test Center' again. You will be promoted to enter country, city or state. It looks like there are test centers in Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore. A Green Associate credential signifies leadership and active participation in the green building movement. You can see others with active credentials in your area by searching the directory here: http://www.usgbc.org/people/credentials/all/leed-green-associate. Best wishes on your exam!
Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Hi, I am a masters student graduating in August 2016. If I register for the LEED GA exam for a date in October would I need to pay the student fee of $100 or would I need to pay $250 (non member fee)?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Radhna, Thank you for your interest in earning your LEED Green Associate credential. You can try GBRI's LEED Exam prep study material to prepare your LEED Exam. Our exam prep packages are now available with MONEY BACK Guarantee! Our material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio.... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
As long as you are a part-time or full-time student when you register for the exam and can provide a school name, graduation date and verify you are 18 then you can receive the student discount of $100. It does not matter when you schedule your exam after you register. If you wait to register after August 2016 you would have to pay the full $250.
Student, Carnegie Mellon University
Thank you so much for the clarification.
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Hello, I was wondering how can I see the exam dates for LEED GA and AP before payment ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You do have the option to check the availability at a test center before you purchase an exam. To do this please navigate to www.prometric.com and select 'Locate a Test Center'. Select 'GBCI' from the test sponsor list and then click 'Locate a Test Center' again. You will be promoted to enter country, city and state. Once you find a test center convenient for you click the green hyperlinked 'Availability' in the right hand corner of the test location. You can select the month and then click 'Go' to see the dates and times. We hope that you find an appropriate test location and will then elect to purchase the exam. Thank you for your interest.
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Thank you so much.
I am pretty familiar with LEED and have worked on several LEED certified projects as part of the design team. I am deciding on whether or not to get accredited. I understand that this question is pretty subjective, but hypothetically, what is the shortest amount of time one could expect to spend in order to get LEED accredited?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ben, thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend a specific amount of time you would need to prepare for the exam. Some candidates are able to review the material and pass the exam in several days, while it may take several weeks for others. Depending on the exam you are looking to take, I would suggest reviewing the reference guide and study materials to determine how comfortable and knowledgeable you are regarding the exam material to help determine an exam timeline. Best of luck on your exam!
Associate , Available Light
Hello, Above it says that "You may also request an extension of the one year registration period for extenuating circumstances." How do you go about doing this? Thank you.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rachel, Please submit your request including the reason and the length of the extension by clicking 'credentialing question' here: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus Thanks!
What about the study material required for preparing for the certificate exams? Material will be provided by your side after the registration or do we have to buy material for preparation additionally? If additionally we have to buy then please provide sources for the same.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Akarsh, I would like to recommend you GBRI for your LEED Exam preparation. Our exam prep packages are now available with MONEY BACK Guarantee! Our material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Akarsh, thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Once you register for your exam, there are many resources to help prepare for your exams, some of which are free. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. Please refer to this article for excellent guidance for preparing for your LEED Green Associate credential: http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156. As the article states, a great place to start is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook). The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle hyperlink in article above - it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for the exams, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
I just signed up.I currently reside in Pakistan and am enrolled in an architecture bachelors degree program here.I would like to obtain the LEED Green Associate certification and would like some assistance with the application and testing processes respectively.Kindly respond back as soon as possible.Thank you!
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muhammad, thank you for your interest in earning your LEED Green Associate credential. You can sign up for the exam by logging into your credentials account (http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials) and purchasing the LEED Green Associate exam.   If you would like to locate your nearest testing center and view exam availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" or "LEED AP BD+C combination" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day. Once you have registered for the exam, please review this article (http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156) as it provides excellent guidance for preparing for your LEED Green Associate credential. As the article states, a great place to start is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle hyperlink in article above - it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
CIVIL ENGINEER, NAEL CEMENT PRODUCTS
The validity for registration is 1 year. Does that mean I can schedule my exam any day during the next 365 days? Wat does 3 registrations per exam section mean? Do you get 3 attempts for an exam in a year with the same $250 cost?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED credentialing exams. You are correct that you can schedule an exam at anytime within 1 year of your exam registration date. Meaning the exam must take place before that 1 year is over. You are also correct that 3 exam registrations per exam section means that you can only register and test for the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP specialty exam 3 times in 1 given calendar year. You do have to pay the exam fee for each registration. I hope that helps.
sales engineer, midfield oil and gas equipment
Hello, I passed my LEED GA exam on may 19 . How and when will i get my certificate.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations Nidhin! You can download a printable certificate or order a hard copy in your user account here: http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials
HVAC DESIGN ENGINEER, TECHNICAL OFFICE FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY
Dear All, I registered for Leed Green Associate exam, In Appointment confirmation My Name is Showing As KARRI RAMESH.Actually My surname as Karri and Given Name As RAMESH.By Mistake i given visa versa. So while going for exam to prometric center it will make any problem while showing my passport as Proof ID.Plz give Reply my exam date on 12.06.16.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ramesh, thank you for your interest in taking the LEED Green Associate exam. Your name has been changed to be Ramesh Karri. Your current passport is an acceptable form of ID for the exam. Good luck on your exam!
HVAC DESIGN ENGINEER, TECHNICAL OFFICE FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY
Thank you very much for your kind response...
Researcher, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Hi, I am Sureandhar from Guwahati, Assam. What is the nearest test centre for writing LEED GA exam? I am from energy background, going to do my project in sustainability (Energy Conservation in Building), will this certificate be helpful for my profession?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Surandhar, Thank you for your questions. Yes, the LEED Green Associate will be valuable credential for you professionally especially with regards to your sustainability project. Please follow the below instruction to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day. We wish you the best on your exam!
Manager - Environment, Pratibha Industries Limited
Sir/Mam, I have a query or you can say this thing is still not clear to me. The thing is, If I am registering for a Green Associate exam (which is valid for a year from date of registration) and take a first attempt and fails. Now for registering for another attempt would i have to pay the exam fees again (that is $ 250)? Kindly clarify.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Avinash, Candidates are allotted three registrations per exam per year. This means that you have three chances to meet the minimum competency score of 170 for any given LEED Professional Exam within a year of the application. However, candidates have to pay for each attempt. Best luck with your exam!
Hi I'm basically an Indian pursuing my masters in engineering studies endorsement construction management from University of Canterbury. I'm preparing for LEED green associate. I just want to know after passing the exam how exactly I need to maintain my credentials as I'm a student right now and also I've never worked on a LEED certified project. What if in future I'm unable to secure the required credits. Please guide me accourdingly. Thank you
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