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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 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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109 commentsLeave a comment

Graduate student at Columbia University, Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science
Hi, I plan to register the exam to pursue LEED AP and I have some questions: 1. If I take two exams separately and passed the GA exam, how long can I register for AP exam? Should I wait for at least 3 months or can register the AP specialty exam immediately? 2. If I take the combined exam and only pass the GA part, can I say that I am a Green Associate? And should I take another combined exam or specialty only exam to pursue AP credential? Could anyone help me with these questions?
Intern , USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter
I graduated in May 2014, can I still register and get a student discount since it has been less than a year?
Heery International, Inc.
where to purchase the LEED v4 reference manual material that covers the green associate and LEED AP BD+C exams. can I download PDF copy or I have to purchase it?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The reference guide for the LEED BD+C rating system can be found here. (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-...) IT is available in both hardcopy and PDF. The LEED Green Associate Preperation guide can be found here.(http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-green-associate-exam-preparation-gui...) it is only available in hardcopy.
Real Estate Development , Independant
Hi, How often is the Green Associate exam given?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED Green Associate exam is administered at most test centers seven days a week all year around. To find an appointment in your area please visit prometric.com/gbci.
Heery International, Inc.
which version I need to study to pass the LEED GA and LEED AP combined exam?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C and O+M exams feature V4 content. The LEED AP Homes and ND exams are not scheduled to feature V4 content until 2015. Depending of which AP exam you plan on taking which dictate which version you should study.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C and O+M exams feature V4 content. The LEED AP Homes and ND exams are not scheduled to feature V4 content until 2015. Depending of which AP exam you plan on taking which dictate which version you should study.
Heery International, Inc.
do I have to pass the LEED Green associate exam to be able to take the LEED AP exam? what is the requirements?
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