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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: To take the LEED 2009 exam (through June 15, 2014) you must be able to document experience on a LEED-registered or certified project within three years of your application. To take the LEED v4 exam (beginning June 30, 2014) you will not be required to document experience, 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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To Whom, I am a Engineer in a Leed Platinum collaborative Medical/Educational facility. Unfortunately this past year our building score was deducted for not having a Leed certified individual working in the building. Several of us are looking to take the test. My question, besides simple knowledge is there any advantage or special circumstances for me getting Leed GA if I have a BS and graduate studies in Environmental Science.
Administrative Assistant, City of Chicago, Illinois
I am preparing to take the LEED GA and ID+C separately, I do not have prior experience. What do you suggest on volunteering or obtaining experience? Do you know if I could shadow someone in the field?
Mechanical Engineer, Saudi Binladin Group
is there anyway i can do the AP exam without experience in LEED cert. Project
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Yes, you are eligible to take the test for any LEED credentials without having project experience. For more information about the current eligibility requirements for LEED credentials, please consult the candidate handbook for the credential(s) of interest to you: Finally, we have instituted a number of other improvements for our credential holders. To learn more, please read this article: Good luck!
Architect - Adidas Group Dubai, Adidas Group
If I need to become LEED AP in ID+C, Do I need to write LEED GA also? If yes, Do I need to write both exams in combined exam? kindly advise.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Interior Design and Construction credential. If you take the combined exam, you are essentially taking the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP ID+C exam in one sitting. However, you may break up your testing experience by taking the LEED Green Associate exam first. After earning the LEED Green Associate, you may sit for a LEED AP with specialty exam as long as you have an active LEED Green Associate credential. The combined exam is not a requirement, but it does offer a direct path to the LEED AP with specialty for those interested. You can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: You can learn more about the LEED AP ID+C exam here:
Hi, How can I find out which of the AP exams I should take? ( e.g. should I take AP BC+D or ....) Thank you, Rose
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Please check out the “Which LEED specialty is right for me?” portion here: If you need more information about the rating systems, please also consider consulting the following article in addition to the credentialing information:
Architect, Environmental Planner, Plumbing Engineer, US NAVFAC Far East / JF PAHILANGA ARCHITECTS
I'm trying to register for the Green Associate Exam. However, after completing the Candidate Registration, the next step cannot be displayed by Internet Explorer. I've done this many times and I keep on getting the same outcome. Is there another way to register for the Green AP Exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jose - Have you tried to register again? Our system was undergoing maintenance when you made your last attempt to register, which was possibly the issue. Please try again and feel free to contact us directly if you are still having issues:
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