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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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Is there study guides for the LEED credentials?
Student, University of Illinois
It says that I am allowed 3 exam registrations during my 1 year registration. Does this mean I can take the test up to 3 times in that year if need be?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. This policy means that you will have up to three attempts to take one credential exam in a year period. This means that you will still have pay for each of those attempts separately; we are meaning to communicate a limit on the number of times you will be exposed to exam content. The exam attempts per year apply to each credential. Assuming you are already a LEED Green Associate, this means that you will have three attempts to earn the LEED AP BD+C in a year, for example, and you will have three additional attempts to earn the LEED AP O+M credential in a year. We institute this limit to ensure that candidates would be presented with a new exam form on each attempt. I hope that helps!
Architect and Energy Consultant, planungsgruppe buschmann
Hi, can I take the Green Associate Exam and the LEED AP EB O+M on two following days instead of doing it as a combined exam on only one day (in Germany)?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED AP Operations and Maintenance credential. If you do not have a LEED Green Associate or other LEED AP with specialty credential, there are two paths to earn the LEED AP O+M. One option is to take the LEED AP combined exam on the same day. This is a two-part exam with Green Associate covered in the first part and the LEED AP Operations and Maintenance portion covered in the second part. You would not need to take the LEED AP O+M exam. The second option it to take the LEED Green Associate on one day and then the LEED AP O+M exam on another day. I would recommend taking the Green Associate exam first, which means taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbooks.
Scientific Researcher, gjkj
Hello , could you enlighten me please where the examination centers are located in Saudi Arabia? Thank you ahead.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential! In KSA, there are two testing centers. You will prefer the following location: Alkhaleej, Near Exit-5 AlGhadir Dist -2nd Flr, Mohd Alyamami Rd Via AlSail Alkabir Rd. If that location is not convenient for you, please feel free to find another preferred test location by visiting www.prometric.com/gbci and then select "Locate a Test Center". Good luck!
Student , Gitam university
hello , can you let me know where the test centers are located in India? thank you
Marketing Engineer, GBRI
Hi Ankita, I would like to inform you that Green Building Research Institute - USGBC Education Partner offers LEED Exam Prep education & training in India. Here is a link: https://www.gbrionline.org/india/?ref=nan. Good Luck!
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential! Please feel free to find your preferred test location by visiting www.prometric.com/gbci and then select "Locate a Test Center".
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