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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 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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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?
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
The LEED GA does not required project experience, and yes, you can earn it by passing an exam. If you are interested in the LEED Green Associate exam, the following resources may be helpful to you: The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: "Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)", 1 Oct 2014 by Melanie Share at the USGBC ( "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam ( by a third party, LEEDuser If you are interested in introductory-level webinars, we hope that these options will be helpful: The first webinar series is offered free of charge and includes two sessions:Key Concepts and Strategies in LEED v4Performance: Measuring for Success in LEED v4. Please see this helpful article for more information: ( and Also, all members have free access to LEED 101 ( and 202 ( To learn more about membership, including discounts on exams and reference material, please visit ( Thank you again for your interest, and best wishes on your exam!
Graduate student at Columbia University, Fu Foundation of Engineering and Applied Science
Hi, I plan to register the exam to pursue LEED AP and I have some questions: 1. If I take two exams separately and passed the GA exam, how long can I register for AP exam? Should I wait for at least 3 months or can register the AP specialty exam immediately? 2. If I take the combined exam and only pass the GA part, can I say that I am a Green Associate? And should I take another combined exam or specialty only exam to pursue AP credential? Could anyone help me with these questions?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
If you decided to take the exams separately, you can register for the specialty exam after your Green Associate credential is added to your user account. This usually happens within 48 hrs but may take up to a week. If you take the combined exam and only pass the Green Associate section, you will be awarded a Green Associate credential. After you are a Green Associate, you only need to take the specialty exam to pursue an AP credential. I hope this helps and best wishes on your exam!
Intern , USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter
I graduated in May 2014, can I still register and get a student discount since it has been less than a year?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
No, you must currently be a full-time student to receive the student discount. And congratulations on passing your Green Associate exam!
Entertainer & Assistant Marketing Coordinator , Tilted Kilt Corporate Pub & Eatery
I also graduated in May 2014 and am wondering the same question. If you find any information please let me know as I plan on taking my exam March 2015.
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
Hi Nadine - Unfortunately you must currently be a full-time student to receive the student discount.
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