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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: To take the LEED 2009 exam (through June 15, 2014) you must be able to document experience on a LEED-registered or certified project within three years of your application. To take the LEED v4 exam (beginning June 30, 2014) you will not be required to document experience, 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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Nora Knox

Marketing & Communications Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

79 commentsLeave a comment

Architect, Animal Arts
Hi Nora, What does the "how long do I have" paragraph mean? Specifically, what's a registration? Does that mean that I can register and then cancel 3 times? I'm not sure I follow. Thanks, Josh
Architect, Dar Al-Handasah
Hi, I have a query that I failed my exam on 13 June 2014 and is willing to take leed ga exam. Do I need to repay $200 as this will be my second attempt and is it 120 days cycle to register before the exam?
Green Building Consultant, IEN Consultants
Hi Nora, I have pass my LEED Green Associate exam on last month, how to I download a soft copy of my certificate? is the hardcopy of certificate cost USD 25? Thank you
IS II, jnkbn
You may login to your USGBC.org account. You will be able to download your certificate from a PDF to your printer. The hardcopy is $25 and can be ordered from the same section.
Architecture Student & IGBC AP
Hi Nora, I have just cleared IGBC AP examination conducted by the Indian Green Building Council. Now I am willing to go ahead with the Leed Green Associate but I have read that the syllabus has changed. I just want to know where can I get the study material for the new syllabus and if any coaching is required.
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Krishna, The new exam features LEED v4 content. Please review this article for LEED v4 exam study tips and good luck!
Architect, Al Reyami Interiors
Hi Nora. I have cleared my LEED green associate exam recently. Now i want to go for LEED AP in ID+C. So do i need to show work experience on any project that is undergoing LEED certification or i can proceed with registration and writing the exam? And do i need to go to any training institute to show my eligibility or i can do it on my own? Thanks
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shilpi, congratulations on becoming a LEED Green Associate! To take the LEED AP ID+C, you are not required to submit proof of LEED project experiences at the time of application. However, GBCI strongly urges candidates to gain meaningful project experience prior to taking the test, as project skills are critical to successful exam performance. Learn more.
Project Manager, ARiES Energy
I heard that you have to be actively working on a project in which the building is earning its accreditation in order to earn LEED AP. Is this true? Or am I able to earn, for instance, LEED AP O+M without having to work on an existing project?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Stephanie, with the LEED v4 exams, LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the LEED AP exam, and the requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required as of June 30, 2014. However, GBCI strongly urges candidates to gain meaningful project experience prior to taking the test, as project skills are critical to successful exam performance. Learn more.
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