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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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Unfortunately, we cannot permit you to take the LEED Green Associate exam as you already hold a LEED AP credential. We frown upon taking the exam for the purposes of teaching it to others because it compromises the integrity of the exam and has the potential of affecting the value of the credential for those who already possess it. I can recommend that you research some of the educational offerings and publications available to better teach it's content but not the exam itself.
senior architect, Option One
I registered for the LEED AP( BD+C) in DEC 2013 , the validity is one year( till Dec. 2014), and i need more time to study as there is now a new version v4 so i am planning to take the exam next summer, i do not want to recharged again, so can i extend the validity date??
Are there in discounts to become a LEED Green Associate for recent college graduates (<1 year)?
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.
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