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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 Kaushalendra, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) offers one of the finest LEED Exam Prep materials in the industry. As a starting point, please have a look at our Free Resources: To access GBRI's LEED Exam Prep, please follow the link: You could take U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Exam in India at any of the Prometric Centers spread across all leading cities. To locate the nearest test center, please visit: Kind regards, Hari
Manager - BPO services, Prokarma Softech pvt ltd
Hello, Can somebody please guide me the reference books, online somewhere? Could you please tell me if i can appear for exam somewhere in INDIA?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential! Please review the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: This article will also outline resources to help you prepare for your exam: For more information about testing locations, please feel free to visit and select "Locate a Test Center". Good luck!
I'm really confused .. There is too much material for LEED subject I'm planning to get LEED GA certificate What is the shortest route to get it ?
., 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: 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: - - Good luck!
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Dear Ahmad, LEED Green Associate Exam is not such an arduous exam to crack. You could easily nail it with Green Building Research Institute's (GBRI) All-Inclusive LEED v4 Exam Preparation Package. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide with several practice questions at the end of every module, live and on-demand webinars conducted by our expert faculty who is based in U.S., several flash cards, memory charts, mock exams and everything you require to secure your LEED credentials. To access our splendid LEED Exam Prep, please visit: Kind regards, Hari
is it mandatory to take LEED GA course before I apply for a LEED GA exam and if i took a LEED GA course how long do I have after the course to take the exam before my course expires.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! After registering for a LEED exam, you have one year to take the exam from the date that you register for the exam. Within that one-year period, you will have up to three times to pass the exam. Please note that the previous response from GBRI is an USGBC Education Partner; however, GBRI is different from GBCI (Green Business Certification, Inc. - the third party certification body for LEED). Good luck!
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Amro, If you are preparing at a good pace, a 1 month preparation would be sufficient to gain a sound knowledge over the LEED Green Associate knowledge domains. Please have a look at our Free Resources in the following link: GBRI's Exam Prep materials are available for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Thank you very much for your kind and prompt feedback
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