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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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Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Dear Usha, I shall try to resolve your queries in the best possible way I can. 1) To become a USGBC member please go through the follow link: 2) The $ 250.00 fee covers all your expenditure with respect to application and examination fees. 3) It is better to have a good understanding about the fundamental Green Building Concepts, LEED credits and knowledge domains through USGBC Education Partners. Please try the following link to have a glance at the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Packages by USGBC Education Partners: You could also navigate to GBRI's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep [ ] which includes Live/ On-Demand webinars conducted by our well-versed faculty based in USA, an extensive study guide covering all LEED credits and knowledge domains, 600+ practice questions, flash cards, memory charts, mp3 files, mock exams and every bit of information you need to clear your LEED Exam.GBRI's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Package worth $199 could be brought now at just $89. Please use the coupon code "bonusga" (without quotes) to grab our fabulous offer. Kind regards, Hari
Architect, Zyeta Interiors
Thank you Harikrishnan. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
Full Time Student, University of Hartford
That doesn't answer my question! I want to order a hard copy through the the organization
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for reaching out to us again. Please reach out to for more specific help with your inquiry. Thanks!
Full Time Student, University of Hartford
Is there a way that I can order a hard copy of my certificate? If yes please tell me how?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Yes! You may request a hard copy of your certificate through your account under Credentials. Hope that helps!
Chief Engineer, Cushman & Wakefield
Is there a way to download a copy of my LEED Green Associate certificate?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, you may download your certificate through your account by clicking on "Account" at the top, right-hand corner. Then click on "Credentials", and then scroll down to "Download Certificates". Click on "Download" to retrieve a soft copy of your certificate.
Director of Facilities, Mercer University
I have taken the combined exam but only passed the first part for LEED Green Associate. I have rescheduled the second part for LEED AP BD+C. Will I get a certificate for the first part before I take the second part?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, Donald! No, you will not get a certified for the LEED Green Associate unless you want to become one. Please reach out to customer service if you are interested in only becoming a LEED Green Associate at this time:
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