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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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Nora Knox

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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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?
Yes, to be credentialed as a LEED AP, you must first pass the LEED Green Associate exam. You have the option of taking the exam in two separate two hours sessions or one four hour session. The only requirement to sit for the test is that you are 18 years or older. We do recommend that candidates who take the LEED AP exam have LEED project experience but it is not mandatory.
Director - Green Building Advisory - Europe & Asia, Colliers International
Nora - I'm a LEED ID+C who conducts regular GA training courses for my organization. To prepare for the 2015 course, I'd like to actually take the new GA test so that I have a full understanding of the content I need to cover - particularly important as the resources have not been updated. How can I register for the exam as this is not an option under My Credentials?
Unfortunately, we cannot permit you to take the LEED Green Associate exam as you already hold a LEED AP credential. We frown upon taking the exam for the purposes of teaching it to others because it compromises the integrity of the exam and has the potential of affecting the value of the credential for those who already possess it. I can recommend that you research some of the educational offerings and publications available to better teach it's content but not the exam itself.
senior architect, Option One
I registered for the LEED AP( BD+C) in DEC 2013 , the validity is one year( till Dec. 2014), and i need more time to study as there is now a new version v4 so i am planning to take the exam next summer, i do not want to recharged again, so can i extend the validity date??
Are there in discounts to become a LEED Green Associate for recent college graduates (<1 year)?
Yes! The student price for the LEED Green Associate exam is $200. You simply need to indicate that you are a student in the application. This applies to current students and students who graduated within the past six months.
Graduate student at Columbia University, Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science
Do you have discount for current full-time student taking LEED AP exam?
Unfortunately, the student discount only extends to the LEED Green Associate exam.
would solar fall under a building design + construction ?
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