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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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155 commentsLeave a comment

Head of Technical support, Vasakronan
I have a co-worker that is interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. Our head office is in Stockholm, Sweden. Are the exams online? If not online, where and when can she take her examination?
Architect, Self Employed
I have few questions to ask so that I can take a call on how and when to book the examination, 1. Suppose I book the Green Associate and AP BD+C exams together, how many attempts do I get to clear the each examination? 2. If I clear AP exam and fail GA exam, will I have to make payment for both the exam again or just one which I have failed, if there are not more than one attempts provided 3. what is the validity of Green Associate certificate?
Urban Designer, WSP
Hi, I like to get a clarification for this statement: " In that year you are allotted three registrations per exam section. After this year expires, you must wait 90 days before registering again." Does it mean we have 3 chances to take the exam for free within a year?
Project Manager, Gardner Builders
What EXACTLY do I need to take the LEED Green Associate Exam? I have paid the $250, but what book do I need to read and study from?
can we appear for exam online
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. All LEED exams are proctored by Prometric to allow for in-person testing all over the world. Please check out the “Which LEED specialty is right for me?” portion here to understand which credential is right for you: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. If you need more information about the rating systems, please also consider consulting the following article in addition to the credentialing information: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance. Good luck!
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!
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