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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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., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Interior Design and Construction credential. If you take the combined exam, you are essentially taking the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP ID+C exam in one sitting. However, you may break up your testing experience by taking the LEED Green Associate exam first. After earning the LEED Green Associate, you may sit for a LEED AP with specialty exam as long as you have an active LEED Green Associate credential. The combined exam is not a requirement, but it does offer a direct path to the LEED AP with specialty for those interested. You can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: You can learn more about the LEED AP ID+C exam here:
Hi, How can I find out which of the AP exams I should take? ( e.g. should I take AP BC+D or ....) Thank you, Rose
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Please check out the “Which LEED specialty is right for me?” portion here: If you need more information about the rating systems, please also consider consulting the following article in addition to the credentialing information:
hi, it is compulsory if i want to write leed home certificate first i have to write green associate and BD+C building design construction . I have already bachelor of civil engineer ,and i don't have any leed certification .please suggest me .
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED AP Homes credential. If you do not have a LEED Green Associate or other LEED AP with specialty credential, there are two paths to earn the LEED AP Homes. One option is to take the LEED AP combined exam on the same day. This is a two-part exam with Green Associate covered in the first part and the LEED AP Homes portion covered in the second part. You would not need to take the LEED AP BD+C exam. The second option it to take the LEED Green Associate on one day and then the LEED AP Homes exam on another day. I would recommend taking the Green Associate exam first, which means taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here:
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I'm trying to register for the Green Associate Exam. However, after completing the Candidate Registration, the next step cannot be displayed by Internet Explorer. I've done this many times and I keep on getting the same outcome. Is there another way to register for the Green AP Exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jose - Have you tried to register again? Our system was undergoing maintenance when you made your last attempt to register, which was possibly the issue. Please try again and feel free to contact us directly if you are still having issues:
Dear, Could you help me to check my account and ID please!. I paid to LEED Green Associate exam but when i try to login on to schedule the exam day by ID, which i got from USGBC. It says that I do not have eligible ID. I do have any ideal about that because this is my first time i take this exam. So please assist me! Thank you
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi NGUYEN DUYEN, I will contact you personally to assist you with the exam registration.
I am a graduate without employment and project LEED experience, is it true that I can obtain LEED Green Associate Credential through taking education course and pass the exam? If yes, what considered to be USGBC approved courses?
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