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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 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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Project Engineer, Aecom India
Is US green building LEED AP qualification valid in Canada?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! Yes, LEED credentials are valid in Canada and around the world. We know that LEED credential holders find their credentials to be valuable in Canada and around the world, because LEED is a voluntary standard and is now more in line with multiple international standards. For Canada specifically, you will find it especially useful to navigate LEED Canada 2009 until it sunsets in October 31, 2016 and LEED v4 which is used globally. All of the LEED credential exams will be testing on LEED v4. For more information about credentials, please visit this page: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. Please consult this article to learn more about the streamlining of LEED with international code and standards: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-building-industry-groups-agree-str....
Forestry Engineer, Self-employed
Are LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credentials valid in other countries? For example, if I pass the exams in the US, are they valid in European Countries? Thanks, Ana
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! Yes, we know that LEED credential holders will find their credentials to be valuable in European countries and around the world, because LEED is a voluntary standard and is now more in line with multiple international standards. Please consult this article to learn more about this effort: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-building-industry-groups-agree-str.... For the European market specifically, USGBC has taken special care to ensure that LEED is compatible with BREEAM. Please consult this article for more information about this equivalency effort: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-g.... Additionally, you could reference this document to learn more about the equivalency effort for BREEAM and LEED v3: http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/Archive/General/Docs18799.pdf.
Forestry Engineer, Self-employed
Thanks Whitney for the articles, very interesting! but I still do not know if a LEED Green Associate credential earn in the US is valid in Europe, I mean, if I passed the exam here and I move to Spain, for example, do I need to take the exam again? or my credential is also valid there? Thanks, again.
., U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED credentials are not limited to the country in which you test. You could earn the credential in any country and you would not have to retest if you moved to another country. LEED credentials are valid all over the world without having to test when you move from one country to another. For more specific information about LEED credentials, please consult the LEED candidate handbooks: http://www.usgbc.org/search/leed%20candidate%20handbooks.
I own a commercial cleaning company. We do final cleans on newly constructed building and do day to day office maintenance. Which programs I need to take an examination for that corresponds to my business type. Thanks for your response.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! You may find that the LEED Operations and Maintenance rating system and the LEEED AP O+M credential relate to your business. I would recommend consulting the LEED AP O+M candidate handbook, which lists the specific references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-om-candidate-handbook. In addition to studying the references, we have a number of resources that will help you become familiar with this particular rating system. Consider continuing your learning and studying of LEED by visiting the following free resources, including the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and many examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects). Good luck!
Head of Technical support, Vasakronan
I have a co-worker that is interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. Our head office is in Stockholm, Sweden. Are the exams online? If not online, where and when can she take her examination?
., 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 (www.prometric.com/gbci) and then by selecting “Locate a Test Center”. You can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Good luck to your colleagues!
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