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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

72 commentsLeave a comment

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.
Project Coordinator, Tribuild Contracting (Calgary) Ltd.
Hi Nora, I just failed my LEED AP ID + C on June 6th with a score of 169...is it possible to retest before June 15th at the Prometric...please advise.
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amrita, please content prometric.com/gbci about scheduling your retest.
Environmental Advisor, ELSAEED ASSOCIATES
Hi, I'am asking about the combined exam; does this mean that I will be examing GA, then AP on the same day in separate exam papers, or is it only one exam paper for both? another question is: where can I find sample exams with answers for the combined exam? Thanks
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Omar, The exams are taken at a computer workstation, and the combined LEED AP exam happens on the same day — this exam is comprised of two parts, the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP with specialty exam. Each part contains 100 randomly delivered multiple choice questions and each part must be completed in 2 hours. Total seat time for the combined LEED AP exam is 4 hours and 20 minutes including a tutorial and short satisfaction survey. Also, please review the LEED v4 candidate handbooks for test specifications and sample questions.
Industrial Engineer , Architecture and Sustainability Research Unit Barcelona
Hello Nora, I'm try to pay the fees for GA exam with my credit card but there are some problems. I want know if i can pay with bank transfer? Thanks Marco
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Please see the payment options on our website (http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/payment-help) and let us know if there is anything else we can do to help using the Contact link at the bottom of this page.
Architect, United Architects of Philippines
Hi I am having problems with the eligibility ID sent by USGBC thru my email address. When i tried to schedule my exam for leed GA, the prometric says " eligibilty ID is not valid for that exam" . I am sure that I typed the correct eligibility ID sent by USGBC. I tried several times but unfortunately wasnt able to schedule my exam thru prometric here in the Philippines. Would you know what is the reason why this notification occured? I am in a hurry to take exams before the version 4 arrived. hope you can help me with my dillemma. Thank you
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