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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 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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Hi, is the LEED Green Associate exam a required prerequisite for the LEED AP exam? Additionally, can the LEED AP exam be taken even with no prior LEED certification project experience? Thank you.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED AP with specialty credential. Yes, the LEED Green Associate credential is required before you can earn the LEED AP with specialty. However, we do allow candidates to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP with specialty exam of their choice on the same day. This is our combined exam. The second option it to take the LEED Green Associate on one day and then the LEED AP Homes exam on another day. In either case, project experience is no longer a requirement to sit for a LEED exam. 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: You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here:
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?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Experience is definitely beneficial in preparing for each exam, especially for the LEED Green Associate. If obtaining the experience is difficult, there are a number of resources available to learn and to study the content for the LEED Green Associate exam: 1. Study and learn from the list of references here: 2. Consider purchasing a study bundle to use with the exam references: 3. Check out other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: 4. Consider starting your studying by reviewing some of the practice questions in this article: 5. Watch this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 6. Consider starting your learning and studying of LEED by visiting the credit library ( and many examples of projects ( 7. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: Good luck!
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
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