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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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Nora Knox

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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Yes! The student price for the LEED Green Associate exam is $200. You simply need to indicate that you are a student in the application. This applies to current students and students who graduated within the past six months.
would solar fall under a building design + construction ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Solar energy is included as a source of renewable energy under some of the the Energy and Atmosphere credits in the BD+C rating system. Please see the credit library to learn more about the credits:
hi nora, i am working as a assistant document controller in qa/qc department and procurement department in field of constrution in qatar. i am not graduate but i have more than ten years experience in construction work and i want to do the course of LEED Green Building Consultant? i under graduate? if their is any possivilety for my requestion can u suggest me the right way of study and teh exams for the LEED Green Building Consultant. Thansk & Regards Nora Knox
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ranvir, based on the information provided, it appears that you would be eligible to take the LEED Green Associate exam. You can find more information on study tips and materials here:
Project Design group
Hi Nora, I am a LEED AP (Legacy). I got the accreditation in Nov 2008. I have been involved with a lot of sustainable projects but have not been involved with LEED certification on those projects. I am about to embark on a LEED Gold certification project in Australia. Since the new system has come into effect for some time now, is my accreditation still valid? Does the project get a credit if I am leading the LEED certification process? Regards
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
For LEEDv2009, any LEED-AP can serve as the LEED AP to earn one point under IDc2 - LEED Accredited Professional. This can be a legacy LEED-AP, or a LEED-AP with Specialty. For LEEDv4, to earn a point under the Innovation credit - LEED Accredited Professional, the professional must be a LEED-AP with Specialty that is applicable to that project rating system type. Please note, this is just to earn points as a LEED-AP on a project. Any LEED-AP may lead a project, but depending on the aforementioned criteria, may or may not be able to earn an innovation point.
Student, National Institute of Construction Management and Research
Hi Nora, I am a student and I want to appear for LEED GA Credential. 1. Do I have 3 attempts after paying USD200 only once or I have to pay thrice for 3 attempts if I fail the previous ones? 2. These 3 attempts can be scheduled within a fixed duration? If yes, then what is the duration? 3. Is there supposed to be a gap of 90 days between my first 3 attempts or is the 90 day gap applied for between the 3rd or 4th attempt? Thanks and Regards
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Every candidate can take the exam three times each year, starting from the point where you register for the first exam on the website. Each exam costs the full price. If you are a student taking the LEED Green Associate Exam, each attempt is $200. After three unsuccessful attempts, you must wait at least 90 days before submitting a new registration to GBCI. Please see the Exam Registration section on page 4 of the Candidate Handbook (Exam Registration) for details.
Design Engineer, Othon,Inc
How can I find the study materials for the exam ?
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