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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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153 commentsLeave a comment

Hi. I plan to take only the GA exam this mid-year. Is it okay to take the LEED GA without taking the AP specialty on the following days after GA exam? I don't have experience with projects involving with it and may take years of experience to be able to get the exam of AP w/ specialty..
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty. Yes, you may take the credentials at two different exam times, even if they are days apart. Of course, that depends on the availability of your preferred testing center. Also, you are eligible to take the test for any LEED credentials without having project experience. For more information about the current eligibility requirements for LEED credentials, please consult the candidate handbook for the credential(s) of interest to you: Finally, we have instituted a number of other improvements for our credential holders. To learn more, please read this article: Good luck!
Student, Columbia University
Where can I find the date for the next LEED GA exam in New York?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate. You may register for the LEED Green Associate exam through your account. (Log into your account and then select your name or photo at the top, right-hand corner. Select “Credentials” and then click on the LEED Green Associate exam to register.) Once you have registered for the exam through, you will be able to schedule your exam. Should you prefer to confirm more specifics about testing locations or other details, please feel free to visit We also detail other specifics about exam registration and day-of expectations in the candidate handbook:
Intern, UIUC
There are language options to choose, what's the main difference between taking the exam in English and in Chinese? Will it make any difference on the documentations?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. I would recommend taking the Chinese version of the exam, because it will present all questions with the Chinese and English translations for each question. Here are the candidate handbooks for the exams available in Chinese: 1. LEED Green Associate: 2. LEED AP O+M:; and 3. LEED AP BD+C:
What are the material or books required for study to sit for the LEED EXAMS ( Green Associate and AP) ?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate credential holder. The LEED Green Associate candidate handbook details the test specifications and the list of resources used to develop the exam questions. Be sure to study and learn from the list of references here: There are a number of resources available to learn and to study the content for the LEED Green Associate exam: 1. Consider purchasing a study bundle: 2. You may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: 3. Consider starting your studying by reviewing some of the practice questions in this article: 4. Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 5. Consider starting your learning and studying of LEED by visiting the credit library ( and many examples of projects ( 6. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4:
hi, can i write the leed green associate with leed home .
., 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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