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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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224 commentsLeave a comment

Full Time Student, University of Hartford
That doesn't answer my question! I want to order a hard copy through the the organization
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for reaching out to us again. Please reach out to for more specific help with your inquiry. Thanks!
Full Time Student, University of Hartford
Is there a way that I can order a hard copy of my certificate? If yes please tell me how?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Yes! You may request a hard copy of your certificate through your account under Credentials. Hope that helps!
Chief Engineer, Cushman & Wakefield
Is there a way to download a copy of my LEED Green Associate certificate?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, you may download your certificate through your account by clicking on "Account" at the top, right-hand corner. Then click on "Credentials", and then scroll down to "Download Certificates". Click on "Download" to retrieve a soft copy of your certificate.
Director of Facilitiues, Mercer University
I have taken the combined exam but only passed the first part for LEED Green Associate. I have rescheduled the second part for LEED AP BD+C. Will I get a certificate for the first part before I take the second part?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, Donald! No, you will not get a certified for the LEED Green Associate unless you want to become one. Please reach out to customer service if you are interested in only becoming a LEED Green Associate at this time:
Project Manager, JLL
My Leed GA certification has lapsed, what is the process to retake the test to become recertified?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, Lucinda! If you completed continuing education within your lapsed reporting period, you can report those hours and then renew your credential. That will prevent you from having to retest. if you did not complete any of the requirements, please reach out to our customer service team ( with any information that might have prevented you from completing the requirements on time. Hope that helps!
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