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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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Senior Digital Marketing Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Every candidate can take the exam three times each year, starting from the point where you register for the first exam on the usgbc.org website. Each exam costs the full price. If you are a student taking the LEED Green Associate Exam, each attempt is $200. After three unsuccessful attempts, you must wait at least 90 days before submitting a new registration to GBCI. Please see the Exam Registration section on page 4 of the Candidate Handbook (Exam Registration) for details.
Design Engineer, Othon,Inc
How can I find the study materials for the exam ?
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Manik, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Are there specific courses to take to prepare for the exams?
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jeffrey, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Since the new exam is not out until the fall, may we still register for the LEED 3?
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Elizabeth, the exam began featuring LEED v4 content on June 30, 2014. So, if you register for an exam it will feature LEED v4 content, not LEED 2009 content.
Student, Antioch University
hi nora, i am wondering if people can make a career in just being LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? I am coming out of a 15-year career in garment manufacturing and now want to enter the green building industry. i am not an architect or anything like this. am currently in grad school pursuing a degree in Urban Sustainability and am interested in aiding in green building. So can I make a successful career out of just being a LEED Green Building Consultant? Thanks!
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