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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: 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 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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Architect, Dakota
Hi, I have a question about the fees for the LEEDS GA test. I saw that students have a discount, i am actualy in post graduation class, but this is not a "full time" course, so can i still benefit from the student price? Also i read on the website that it is 100 usd and i saw in other part 200 usd. Any one was in that case? thanks
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Xavier, The student pricing is $100 USD. Please see this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-prici... Student pricing is for anyone who is a full or part time student. You will need to provide a student ID and the name of the institution you are studying at. Thanks for your question and I hope that helps!
Energy Analyst and Green Building Consultant, AP Associates
Hello, I am currently working as a Green Building Consultant for more than 1 year. I am interested in appearing for the LEED AP exam. However, I would like to know whether I need to give a Green Associate Exam to be eligible for appearing for LEED AP BD+C.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Arpan, You have to pass the LEED GA Exam prior to becoming a LEED AP. I'd like to inform you LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) exam is the 1st tier in the LEED credentialing process, and is the stepping stone to earning your LEED AP with specialty. The GA exam is less detailed than the specialty exams, but can cover general green building concepts that span across all LEED rating systems. You can choose to take the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams at the same time or you can schedule these exams to be taken at separate times. As a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers LEED Exam Prep training. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide comes with more than 600+ practice questions, simulated mock exams, flash cards and everything you require to secure your LEED credentials. To access our splendid LEED Exam Prep, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Use coupon code "BONUSGA" to get special discount on LEED GA Exam Prep.
Electrical Construction Engineer, Orlando Construction Co. W.L.L
Hi Nandini, Can you help me out to select between https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... and https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-green-associates-exam-preparation/ to prepare for LEED GA. It will be great help if you can provide the coupon code to avail discount. Thanks
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Syed, Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. I'd like to inform you that both the courses are same. In order to avail the discount, Checkout https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-green-associates-exam-preparatio... and use the coupon code "GBRI30" for 30% off of your purchase when you register for your exam prep. If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in LEED professional credentials. Prior to taking LEED AP exam, LEED Green Associate credential is needed. You can register either separated exams for LEED Green Associate and LEED AP in sequence, or a combined one. Good luck on the exam!
Assistant Project Manager, Bent Electrical Contractors
Hello. I live in Boston and I'm interested in taking the LEED AP B+C exam, is there any institution or something that gives all inclusive prep courses for this? I want something I can attend in person, preferably not online.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Kenya, You can use GBRI's LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep material for your exam. Our AP exam prep material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time. GBRI also offers in-person training. You can get 30% off of this package with "GBRI30" coupon code at checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org. Thanks, Nandini
Structural Engineer, NEXT
Hi I am from Bangladesh. how may I can prepare myself for LEED associate and how I will seat for exam.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. I would recommend taking the following steps: 1. Read the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook 2. Read the references listed in the candidate handbook. 3. Consider developing review cards or practice questions for your review. Alternatively, you may want to invest in exam preparation materials. GBRI is one of our education partners, and they have listed offerings for you to consider. Here are other exam preparation options that our candidates have found helpful: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-green-associate-v4-exam-pre... http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-green-associate-exam-preparation-gui...
Intern - Junior Green Building Analyst (June,15 - Oct,15), Environmental Design Solutions [EDS]
Hi! It's Amitav from India (architecture final year student), I tried to register for the LEED Green Associates Exam (Student) & all the steps went well but having problem while paying the fees(100 USD) using my ATM cum Debit Card. Every time the massage pop up "Credit card authorization unsuccessful" even i'hv tried with few other bank's ATM cum debit card but its showing the same problem. Please help me out.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amitav, I'm sorry you're experiencing difficulty paying for the LEED Green Associates exam. I will email you directly so that we can get this issues resolved. Thanks!
architect
Hi,I am an architect and I am very interested in Green Building and Leed certification.I understood that I have to start with Leed green associate first then Leed Ap. So perhaps you can suggest where to start and what to study.
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Dana, you are correct, in order to become a LEED AP you must first pass the LEED Green Associate exam. You can choose to take the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams at the same time or you can schedule these exams to be taken at separate times. Our AP exam prep material will also include access to our Green Associate material so you are receiving the exam prep material for both exams at one low price! Our All-Inclusive package will include access to online modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Please feel free to email me if you have any questions! Felicia.Fuller@gbrionline.org Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
architect
Thank you very much
What is the benefit for become a LEED Associate ? what is the pass fail ratio who seat for exam, How long its take to get certificate after the exam ? How many LEED certified associate in Bangladesh? engineermansur@gmail.com
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mansur, Thank you for your interest in a LEED Green Associate credential. The benefit of having a LEED credential is it shows clients, colleagues and employers that one's knowledge of LEED and green building is being actively cultivated and maintained. After passing the exam, you can download a certificate once your score updates in our system, usually within 48 hrs. I looked in the USGBC Directory (http://www.usgbc.org/people) and it appears there are 5 LEED Green Associates in Bangladesh, although there may be additional credential holders who choose not to make their profiles public. I hope this helps and good luck pursuing your credential!
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Mansur, LEED Green Associate Accreditation is important for anyone involved in the building industry, especially in building projects looking to attain LEED Certification. A LEED credential validates your knowledge in Green buildings, sustainability and LEED rating system. As LEED becomes popular in more than 147 countries, there are countless opportunities for building professionals with LEED accreditation. The exam is made up of 100 questions. The passing score is 170/200 (85%). The exam is 100 multiple choice questions, worth a total of 200 points weighted on difficulty. No Partial credit is awarded on the exam. You should answer all questions or you will automatically lose points. To know more, please visit https://www.gbrionline.org/usgbc-leed-green-associate-exam/?ref=nan
Project Manager, Pittsburg State University
Hi I have a quick question. It says you are given 3 attempts within the year of registration. Do you have to pay the $200, for example, each time you want to retake the exam or is that $200 a registration fee for the entire year?
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Taylor, you will need to pay the $200 fee for each test attempt. Having to retake the test can become quite expensive, so it is recommend you have an all-inclusive exam prep package so you are able to pass on your first try! GBRI offers packages that would give you everything you need to prepare for your exam and pass on your first try! Our packages are also currently on sale! Green Associate coupon code: BONUSGA / AP coupon code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Environmental Engineer, United Construction Establishment
Hi, I am planning to take LEEP AP (BD+C) exams in April 2016. Will register for exam in next month. Can someone share material required to prepare for exams. Just a link from where i can purchase study material. It all gets really confusing as there are many links offering you study material valid for variable time periods (one year to four years). Please suggest which shall be purchased and is best to prepare for exams. Thanks
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Muhammad, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP BD + C credential. The resources you may purchase to assist you in studying for the LEED AP BD + C exam will also cover the LEED Green Associate exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED AP BD + C Candidate Handbook. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps the best resource is the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design + Construction available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You may also find the LEED Exam Prep courses for LEED AP BD + C offered by a couple of our Education Partners very beneficial : http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. I hope this helps. Best wishes on your exam.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Muhammad, I would like to recommend you GBRI for LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep. You can have a look at https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... this exam prep package includes Live/ On-Demand webinars, 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 AP BD+C Exam Prep Package worth $249.00 could be brought now at just $129.00. Use the coupon code "bonusap".
Hi i am staying in Dubai, UAE. Where are the exam center and contact office in Dubai?Shall we have to communicate only online?This could be only individual or the organisation can process for the exam application.?Can we have some schedule for the LEEd GA exams?How many times in year the LEED GA exam is conducted?What's your opinion to attend any local training institute for the preparation of the exam?or the self study would be sufficient from the book?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muhammad Thanks for your interest! Individuals can take the exam almost any day of the year at Prometric testing center locations around the world. Please visit Prometric's website to determine your closest testing center in Dubai. Once you are registered for the exam, you can check the specific schedule for the day you would like to test. https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start is this article and related comments: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam Best wishes achieving your credential!
Marketing Manager
Dear Muhammed, You could attempt your LEED Green Associate Exam in Dubai at the following Prometric Center: "AMIDEAST Dubai, Office G01, Block 2B Knowledge Village, Al Burouj Road, Al Sufouh, DUBAI". Frequency of exam is mostly twice a month. An individual or your organization could process your exam application and I think you have to make the payment online itself. GBRI's All Inclusive LEED Green Associate Exam Preparatory materials would be sufficient to clear all your doubts and acquire every bit of information required to grab your LEED credentials. Our LEED Green Associate package worth $250 could be availed at just $89 by using the coupon code "bonusga" (without quotes). Please follow the following link to have a look at our course: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... May you come out in flying colours and looking forward for a fruitful association with you!
Senior Architect, Mott MacDonald
Hi, I would like to take up the LEED GA exam, but my credit / debit card is unauthorized to pay the Fees. Is there any other way of Payment. I stay in UAE - Abu Dhabi. Thank You!!!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jagadeesan, We are sorry to hear you are having an issue using your credit card to purchase an exam. We have seen this problem before, particularly from candidates in countries that do not use five digit postal codes. Please try to make the purchase again and enter five zeros (00000) into the zip code/postal code field. This may allow the transaction to be completed. If not, please submit a request for assistance using the instruction found here: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus and we will be happy to help!
Thanks LEED/USGBC
Architect, Architec
I would like to take the test of LEED AP BD+C, but I didn't participate of any program in order to renew my LEED GA. Do I need to do again the LEED GA? Can I sign up for direct LEED AP? Thank you!!
Marketing Manager
Dear Silvana, If you had taken your LEED Green Associate Exam 2 years back and if you hadn't taken the required CE hours, your credentials should have expired. But, you could still directly take LEED AP BD+C Exam. It would be a 4 hour exam, where the first 2 hours test your expertise in LEED Green Associate knowledge domains and the later 2 hours, challenges you with questions with respect to your chosen speciality. GBRI would love to help you secure your LEED AP credentials. Our All Inclusive LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep package is at your hands for only $129. Please use the following link: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... [Please use the coupon code "bonusap" (without quotes) to avail our splendid discount] Wishing you all the best for your exam! May you come out in flying colours!! Kind regards, Hari
Thisarticle by Nora Knox says you will not be required to document experience on a LEED-registered or certified project, but it will be assessed within the exam. What does that mean?
Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Courtney, That's a good question, thanks for asking. What it means is that the AP exam tests your knowledge of the LEED process and the LEED rating system. The test does not specifically ask you for proof of working on a LEED project, and we don't require customers to provide this prior to the exam either. That being said, you must know about and have studied LEED in order to pass your exam. Does that answer your question?
Architect/Urban Planner, Independent architecture/Planning professional
Hi, I have just cleared my LEED Green Associate exam and downloaded the certificate from my USGBC account. The certificate mentions a Valid through date which is Nov 2017. What does this mean. Do I have to renew it after that. Thanks!
Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Meghna, Congratulations on passing your exam! You are correct, once you have earned a credential it is valid for 2 years. During the 2 years that your certification is valid, this is known as your "Credentialing Maintenance Period," a time in which you can earn credits through courses, volunteering, or working on LEED projects. A certain number of credit hours are required by the end of your 2 year period in order to renew your certification. For more information on the Credentialing Maintenance Program, please see http://www.usgbc.org/resources/cmp-guide As you take credit hours towards renewing your credential you can submit these hours in your USGBC online account in the credentials section. When have taken the required amount of credit hours, you will then be able to renew your credential for a fee for another two years. Hopefully this helps answer your question!
Student, University of Texas
So on the studyguide & module for GBRI's course to become a green associate it says that one of the things that changed in LEED V4 is that HOMES is now placed under BD+C but I have the reference guide for BD+C and there's nothing in the reference guide that relates to homes. What does this mean?
Director of Education, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Sree, thanks for your question. We've spoken with the U.S. Green Building Council and have received verification that Homes is now under BD+C Rating System. It does, however, still operate with the separate Homes Reference Guide, hence the information not being included in the BD+C Reference Guide. If you refer to usgbc.org/credits credit library, you will see Homes listed under BD+C for project purposes. I hope this information helps, but please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks! Kayla
Research Associate, NSF Graduate Fellow, Arizona State University
Are there any student discounts offered for renewing my LEED AP BD+C? I left the AEC industry to pursue a PhD (in Sustainable Engineering) and am wondering if there is any financial relief available while a student to continue to maintain my LEED AP+. Thank you in advance.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rebekah, Thank you for your interest. While there is not a discount for the credential renewal, we do offer full-time students a discount to our Education@USGBC subscription. The Education@USGBC subscription provides access to courses which can fulfill the CE hour requirement for credential maintenance. Our site includes content from dozens of Education partners and is constantly growing. Check out more information here: http://www.usgbc.org/help/where-can-i-purchase-subscription-education-usgbc
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Rebekah, I would like to recommend you GBRI for LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep. Please check out https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio..., this exam prep package includes Live/ On-Demand webinars, 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 AP BD+C Exam Prep Package worth $249.00 could be brought now at just $129.00. Use the coupon code "bonusap".
Architect, Zyeta Interiors
Hello!..I was looking to get myself a Green Associate accreditation. I understand that the exam fee is 200$ for a USGBC member and 250$ for a non member. I have 3 questions here: -How does one become a USGBC member? -Does the 250$ include the application and exam fee? -Do we need to purchase study material separately and how much would that cost me? Look forward to your response. Thank you!
Marketing Manager
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: http://in.usgbc.org/member 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: http://in.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study You could also navigate to GBRI's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep [ https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... ] 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 http://www.usgbc.org/contactus 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 USGBC.org 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 USGBC.org 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.
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