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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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Am I required to take the LEED Green Associate exam prior to taking the LEED AP exam or can I only do the LEED AP exam and receive the certification? Thanks
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Dear Michael, Thanks for your interest with USGBC and LEED. There are 2 strategies in taking up LEED AP Exam. Strategy 1: You could take the 4 hour LEED AP Exam at a stretch. First 2 hours of the exam, test your knowledge domains with respect to LEED GA and the second part of your exam solely focus on your intended LEED AP specialization. Strategy 2: You could take your LEED GA exam and LEED AP exam separately. In any case, you ought to have your LEED GA credentials to be a LEED Accredited Professional. Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) would love to help you in securing your LEED credentials. Please have a look at the following link: Kind regards, Hari
., U.S. Green Building Council
Candidates who are interested in earning the LEED AP with specialty and who do not currently hold the LEED Green Associate exam may request to take a combined exam. For more information about combined exams, please consult the candidate handbook on the exam your are most interested in:
I want to appear for LEED AP BD+C Exam in New Delhi, India. Can you tell me from where I can purchase study materials locally or online without any shipment charges???
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Dear Jaikishor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) would love to support you in securing LEED AP credentials. Please have a look at our All-Inclusive LEED v4 Exam Preparation Package in the following link: Kind regards, Hari
., U.S. Green Building Council
We currently do not sell the materials locally in hard copy. However, you may want to purchase the materials online to avoid shipping charges. Otherwise, we have modest shipping charges internationally. Good luck!
Hello, I would like to know if there are any test centers located in Mexico. Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam! Please feel free to research test locations near you by clicking on this link ( and then by selecting “Locate a Test Center”. You can then select “Mexico” from the drop-down list, and then enter your city when prompted to locate the nearest Prometric testing center. There are several in Mexico. Buena suerte!
Is there study guides for the LEED credentials?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! We recommend starting with the LEED Green Associate credential candidate handbook and study bundle. Both are listed below: 1. Review and study the list of references used to write the LEED Green Associate exam: 2. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article: 3. Consider purchasing the LEED Green Associate study bundle: 4. Visit the credit library ( and check out many examples of projects ( 5. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 6. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: Good luck!
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