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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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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!
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?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential. After registering for the exam, your eligibility ID is valid for one year. Within that one year, you have three exam attempts. For more information about the LEED Green Associate credential, please consult the candidate handbook, especially the test specifications and references: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
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..
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