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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?

Take the first step and apply

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RE ASOCIADOS S.A.
Hi, I'm planning to take the LEED Certification exam. I have been told that there is a user you can purchase o line, to practice all questions similar to the real exam and this is available for six months. Could you please give me more details regarding this matter, as I 'm very interested in purchasing and practise before to take my exam. Thanks
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Maria, thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. If you have a USGBC user account, you may checkout some of the free exam prep resources such as practice exams or purchase all-inclusive exam prep packages that comes with practice exams. Here are couple of links: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study https://www.gbrionline.org/free-resources/ The first link lists exam prep packages prepared by USGBC Education Partners for LEED Green Associate, LEED AP, and WELL AP Exam Prep- The 2nd link is an external link that lists some FREE exam prep resources for earning a LEED Credential.
Mechanical Engineer, Super Style
Hello there , I got the Green Associate credential now i'm planning to apply for the LEED AP credential also , Please can you clarify me how can i get the best benifits of having the credential on my professional life and on my career or on having a Job ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Having a LEED AP specialty credential shows clients, colleagues and employers that one's knowledge of LEED and green building is current and being actively cultivated and maintained. Like LEED certification, it's a third-party verification that a professional is rigorously keeping up to date with his or her knowledge of quickly evolving principles and practices. Instead of a general knowledge of the LEED rating system a specialty credential shows you are intimately familiar with the different credits that can be earned in a articular rating system. LEED projects can also earn 1 credit for having a LEED AP specialty credential holder (LEED Green Associates do not count) on their project team. You may find more valuable information on why having a LEED credential is beneficial in this article: chttp://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-reasons-its-worth-it-become-leed-professional. Thank you for considering becoming a LEED AP specialty credential holder.
i am planning to take LEED Certification exam , is it possible for a student to take on the exam , i would like to know the test centers available in INDIA
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Nithin, Thank you for your question. Yes, it is possible for students to take the LEED Green Associate exam. You can even click on the "yes I'm a student" box when registering for your exam to receive the student pricing. Please see more information here: https://www.google.com/search?q=student+pricing+leed+green+associate+exa... To look up test centers in India, please follow these steps: 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 the exam!
Architect, Drake & Scull
I tried to make the payment using my debit card ( master card) but " Credit card authorization unsuccessful". I don't have credit card. Is it possible to pay through debit card for examination .
U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muhammed, thank you for your interest in taking a LEED exam. I apologize for the inconvenience regarding your payment issue. I have emailed you directly to offer assistance with the payment. Please reply to that email if you have any additional questions. Thanks!
Inspector, Design Worldwide Partnership
me too i am having problem for exam payment, i only have debit card. please help
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Alan, Occasionally some candidates are unable to register for the exam, particularly in countries that do not have postal codes, which are often required for credit card transactions. Please try to put five zeros (00000) into the postal code box on the payment page. This has worked for some. If this does not solve the problem, please contact us here: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus Good luck on your exam!
Inspector, Design Worldwide Partnership
Thanks for the reply, i did entering five zeroes and after filling the card no. and name and hit submit. now it says "user found"
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Glad to hear it worked for you Alan. Good luck on your exam!
LEED®Green Associate™, Graduate Student, University Of Cincinnati
Hey, I have a doubt regarding LEED AP BD+C . Can we give this exam without any LEED project experience?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kunwar, Thank you for your question. LEED Project experience is helpful but is not a requirement of earning your LEED credential. There are other ways to obtain knowledge in the Green Building field beyond working on LEED projects. If you have passion, interest, and knowledge in the area and you spend an appropriate amount of time preparing for your exam, you should do well. Many people prefer to take their LEED Green Associate exam and then later take their LEED AP BD+C exam so that they can take time to prepare for each exam. Here are some LEED AP BD+C exam prep recommendations: • Reference Guide: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... • Free Candidate Handbook, including Sample Questions (available in multiple languages): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/grid/credentialing • LEED AP BD+C Exam Preparation Guide (V4) http://usgbc.org/resources/leed-ap-bdc-exam-preparation-guide-v4 • LEED AP® BD+C Exam Preparation Guide ATP eTextbook: http://www.atplearning.com/Product.aspx?ProductId=1049&CategoryId=230 • Study Bundle: LEED BD+C Study Guide and BD+C Reference Guide (V4) http://usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-bdc-study-guide-and-bdc-ref... • LEED AP® BD+C Study Cards http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-ap%C2%AE-bdc-study-cards • Introduction to LEED v4 (created by the USGBC, free with subscription):http://www.usgbc.org/node/2772813 • Course: LEED v4 Rating System Review BD+C (created by USGBC):http://www.usgbc.org/node/2757171 • Course: LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner Everblue): http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-bdc-v4-exam-prep-4903698 • Course: LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner Green Building Research Institute): http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/all-inclusive-leed-v4-bdc-exam-p... is a great article that will help get you prepared for your LEED Green Associate exam: www.usgbc.org/node/10075156. We wish you the best on your exam(s)!
Sustainability & Energy Manager, James cubit & Partners Consultant
Dears Our consultant office (in UAE) is member of Emirates GBC , i have 2 questions : 1 - Can we open an one account to our office then register 4 exam to 4 of stuff for on-Line exam . 2- We have a special prices as a member of USGBC
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Alaa, At this time only employees of established world GBCs are eligible for a reciprocal USGBC membership. However, any organization worldwide can become a member and if you are planning to purchase multiple exams, it may be very worthwhile as membership does provide a discount on exams, publications and Education@USGBC. Learn more by clicking the Communities tab at the top of the page. Please note that each exam candidate must have their own USGBC user account to register for the exam. If you would like to purchase multiple exams at the same time, please contact us through email here: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus
Intern, United Nations Development Programme UNDP
Hello, I'm currently residing in London, UK and I want to take GA prep courses. I cannot find any venues that offer workshops, can you advise any please?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate. As you start to prepare for your LEED Green Associates exam you may find this article and the comments at the bottom very beneficial (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam). I am unaware of any current exam prep courses we have live in London, UK but you can always check http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study for a list of courses available online through our Education Partners. You can also check their websites directly for in person events. I hope that helps.
Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Services Consultants
Hi. I am a Kenyan Mechanical Engineer wishing to register for LEED Green Associate examination. kindly advice if i can access a test centre here in kenya. Thank you.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Julius, Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. There is a Prometric Testing Center in Nairobi. 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 "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.
Sustainability Consultant, Semtrio Eğitim ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri A.Ş.
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.
Sustainability & Energy Manager, James cubit & Partners Consultant
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!
Staff Architect, SK&I Architectural Design Group
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.
N/A, N/A
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.
N/A, N/A
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?
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