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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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114 commentsLeave a comment

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
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?
Dear, Could you help me to check my account and ID please!. I paid to LEED Green Associate exam but when i try to login on to schedule the exam day by ID, which i got from USGBC. It says that I do not have eligible ID. I do have any ideal about that because this is my first time i take this exam. So please assist me! Thank you
I am a graduate without employment and project LEED experience, is it true that I can obtain LEED Green Associate Credential through taking education course and pass the exam? If yes, what considered to be USGBC approved courses?
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?
Entertainer & Assistant Marketing Coordinator , Tilted Kilt Corporate Pub & Eatery
I also graduated in May 2014 and am wondering the same question. If you find any information please let me know as I plan on taking my exam March 2015.
engineer, 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?
The reference guide for the LEED BD+C rating system can be found here. ( IT is available in both hardcopy and PDF. The LEED Green Associate Preperation guide can be found here.( it is only available in hardcopy.
Real Estate Development , Independant
Hi, How often is the Green Associate exam given?
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