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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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Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Akarsh, I would like to recommend you GBRI for your LEED Exam preparation. Our exam prep packages are now available with MONEY BACK Guarantee! Our 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 as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Akarsh, thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Once you register for your exam, there are many resources to help prepare for your exams, some of which are free. 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. Please refer to this article for excellent guidance for preparing for your LEED Green Associate credential: http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156. As the article states, a great place to start is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook). The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle hyperlink in article above - it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for the exams, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
I just signed up.I currently reside in Pakistan and am enrolled in an architecture bachelors degree program here.I would like to obtain the LEED Green Associate certification and would like some assistance with the application and testing processes respectively.Kindly respond back as soon as possible.Thank you!
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muhammad, thank you for your interest in earning your LEED Green Associate credential. You can sign up for the exam by logging into your credentials account (http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials) and purchasing the LEED Green Associate exam.   If you would like to locate your nearest testing center and view exam availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" or "LEED AP BD+C combination" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day. Once you have registered for the exam, please review this article (http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156) as it provides excellent guidance for preparing for your LEED Green Associate credential. As the article states, a great place to start is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle hyperlink in article above - it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
CIVIL ENGINEER, NAEL CEMENT PRODUCTS
The validity for registration is 1 year. Does that mean I can schedule my exam any day during the next 365 days? Wat does 3 registrations per exam section mean? Do you get 3 attempts for an exam in a year with the same $250 cost?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED credentialing exams. You are correct that you can schedule an exam at anytime within 1 year of your exam registration date. Meaning the exam must take place before that 1 year is over. You are also correct that 3 exam registrations per exam section means that you can only register and test for the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP specialty exam 3 times in 1 given calendar year. You do have to pay the exam fee for each registration. I hope that helps.
sales engineer, midfield oil and gas equipment
Hello, I passed my LEED GA exam on may 19 . How and when will i get my certificate.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations Nidhin! You can download a printable certificate or order a hard copy in your user account here: http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials
HVAC DESIGN ENGINEER, TECHNICAL OFFICE FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY
Dear All, I registered for Leed Green Associate exam, In Appointment confirmation My Name is Showing As KARRI RAMESH.Actually My surname as Karri and Given Name As RAMESH.By Mistake i given visa versa. So while going for exam to prometric center it will make any problem while showing my passport as Proof ID.Plz give Reply my exam date on 12.06.16.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ramesh, thank you for your interest in taking the LEED Green Associate exam. Your name has been changed to be Ramesh Karri. Your current passport is an acceptable form of ID for the exam. Good luck on your exam!
HVAC DESIGN ENGINEER, TECHNICAL OFFICE FOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY
Thank you very much for your kind response...
Researcher, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Hi, I am Sureandhar from Guwahati, Assam. What is the nearest test centre for writing LEED GA exam? I am from energy background, going to do my project in sustainability (Energy Conservation in Building), will this certificate be helpful for my profession?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Surandhar, Thank you for your questions. Yes, the LEED Green Associate will be valuable credential for you professionally especially with regards to your sustainability project. Please follow the below instruction to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day. We wish you the best on your exam!
Manager - Environment, Pratibha Industries Limited
Sir/Mam, I have a query or you can say this thing is still not clear to me. The thing is, If I am registering for a Green Associate exam (which is valid for a year from date of registration) and take a first attempt and fails. Now for registering for another attempt would i have to pay the exam fees again (that is $ 250)? Kindly clarify.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Avinash, Candidates are allotted three registrations per exam per year. This means that you have three chances to meet the minimum competency score of 170 for any given LEED Professional Exam within a year of the application. However, candidates have to pay for each attempt. Best luck with your exam!
Hi I'm basically an Indian pursuing my masters in engineering studies endorsement construction management from University of Canterbury. I'm preparing for LEED green associate. I just want to know after passing the exam how exactly I need to maintain my credentials as I'm a student right now and also I've never worked on a LEED certified project. What if in future I'm unable to secure the required credits. Please guide me accourdingly. Thank you
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Debabrata, Thank you for your question and we're thrilled that you've decided to pursue your LEED Green Associate credential. Once you achieve this credential you will need to complete 15 Continuing Education hours (CE hours), 3 of which need to be LEED specific hours (see link below for more details), within a 2 year reporting period (the reporting period starts the day you pass your exam). You can achieve your CE hours through a variety of ways including volunteering, green building focused conferences, Education @USGBC (in fact there is enough educational courses for you to complete your required hours to maintain your credential), and also by working on LEED projects. Please review the Credential Maintenance Program guide to offer further support in completing your CE hours: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/cmp-guide.
If we prepare ourselves for the LEED GA exam. Where the best guideline for book or website or practical exam question we can look for in order to seat for the exam. Thanks.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Chee Wee Tan, I would like to recommend you GBRI for your LEED Green Associate Exam preparation. Our exam prep packages are all-inclusive so you would be given all of the information needed to pass your LEED exam. Our 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 as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Chee Wee Tan, Please refer to this article: http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156 for guidance on preparing for your LEED Green Associate exam. I also responded to your comment from that article with additional suggestions. Thank you and I hope that helps!
Once I register for the exam...do I have to take the GA and the AP-CI within one year or robin have longer as along as I stay registered?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jennifer, Once you register for the exam, either the LEED Green Associate exam or the LEED AP ID+C combined exam (which is the LEED Green Associate exam and the ID+C specialty section together in one exam appointment), you will have one year to schedule and complete the exam at a Prometric test center.
Dear Jackie, Thank for the reply. Just to check the following conference count as Green Build ? Will that be credit point for that. http://www.sgbw.com.sg/en Thanks.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Chee Wee Tan, Yes, that will count towards your CE hours for maintaining your credential. Usually conference sessions that you attend will upload directly into your account. If that doesn't happen you can self report your hours using these instructions: http://www.usgbc.org/help/how-do-i-self-report-ce-hours
Hi, Wish to check for maintain the CMP point for the Green Associate ? How do we go about maintain it ? Also Can Attend Green Conference count as one. Thanks.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Chee Wee Tan, Thank you for your question. To maintain your LEED Green Associate credential you will need to complete 15 continuing education hours (CE hours), 3 of which need to be LEED specific, during a 2 year reporting period. There are many ways to earn CE hours from volunteering, to taking Education @USGBC courses, to attending conferences and working on LEED projects. Please consult the CMP manual for more information: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/cmp-guide Often times, if you attend a conference such as Green Build or if you complete an Education @USGBC course your CE hours will be uploaded for you. If you work on a LEED project, volunteer, or complete education outside of Education @USGBC you will need to self-report your hours. To do this, please follow these instructions: http://www.usgbc.org/help/how-do-i-self-report-ce-hours Thank you!
Architect, Cornerstone
Hi, Does the LEED BD+C include LEED for homes (and multi family midrise) as well?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kurt, The LEED AP Homes is a separate credential. To explore the content each exam is based on, please visit the following articles: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-ap-homes-exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-ap-bdc-exam I hope this helps you decide which credential is the best fit. If you have more questions, please let us know here: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus
architect, private
I have been trying many times to register in Leed Exam Prep at this site https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... , or any other courses, but I am having difficulties like I can't choose Exam Prep options. I don't know if there is a problem in your site .I hope you can help me in the registering process.
Director of Education, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Dana, I apologize for this issue and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. If I can please email me at kgerstenberg@gbrionline.org I will gladly assist you in registering with a discounted rate. I look forward to hearing from you!
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 & Green Building Consultant, Green Horizon Consulting LLP
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...
Architect, 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, private
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, private
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?
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