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I've got a question! Taking a LEED professional exam

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We often get asked questions about our LEED professional credentials.

We want to make things as easy as possible, so here are some answers to our recent most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Q. What is the difference between the LEED Green Associate and and LEED AP?

A. USGBC offers two types green building professional credentials. The 1) LEED Green Associate and the 2) LEED AP.

  1. The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. It is ideal for  professionals newer to sustainability and LEED, as well as product manufacturers, students, real estate professionals, and contractors. Prerequisites: none; Exam fee: $250; CE Hours: 15 hours every two years
  2. The LEED AP affirms advanced knowledge in specialized areas of green building and LEED certification. It is suited for practitioners actively working on LEED projects to showcase their deep technical knowledge of LEED in both principle and practice. Prerequisites: LEED project experience strongly recommended; Exam fee: $550; CE Hours: 30 hours every two years

Q. Does studying for the LEED AP exam mean that you have covered everything in the LEED Green Associate exam?

A. If you plan to take a LEED AP exam, you should be prepared to have a strong knowledge of of the concepts covered in the LEED Green Associate exam. When it comes to taking a LEED professional exam you have three options. You can take 1) the standalone LEED Green Associate core exam, 2) the standalone LEED AP specialty exam, or 3) the combined LEED Green Associate core and LEED AP specialty exam.

If you do not already hold a LEED Green Associate credential before sitting for your LEED AP specialty exam, you will have to take the LEED Green Associate exam. You can do this the same day as your LEED AP specialty exam (option #3 above) or you can schedule your Green Associate and AP exams for different days (but remember the Green Associate exam must come first!).

If you already hold a LEED Green Associate or a LEED AP with specialty, you only need to register for the standalone LEED AP specialty exam.

Q. Do I have to complete the LEED Green Associate exam in order to take the LEED AP exam? 

A. You have two options for taking a LEED AP exam: 1) you can take the combined LEED Green Associate core and LEED AP specialty exam in one sitting, or 2) you can take the standalone LEED Green Associate core exam in a first sitting and the standalone LEED AP specialty exam in a second sitting.

View more exam FAQs.

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Nora Knox

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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Project Engineer I, Mortenson Construction
Nora, If you sign up for the combined LEED Green Associate core and LEED AP specialty exam (Option #3), do you have to take both exams the same day? If I want to take the exams on different days, do I have to sign up for each exam separately? Just trying to save $50 if possible :) Thanks!
Yes, If you register for the combined exam, you will be issued a two part four hour exam at you exam appointment. You may take the exams separately by first registering and taking the LEED Green Associate and then registering and taking the LEED AP portion.
Assistant Engineer, SDSU
Hello Nora, I have passed the LEED GA and now taking the LEED AP BD+C Specialty Exam. My question is: With the specialty exam, what tops will be covered? Will there be generic questions from the LEED GA exam again? Thank you, Michael
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Please see the Exam Specifications section of the Candidate Handbook (page 12 of this document - for more detailed information about the content of the exam. Best of luck!
Surmount Energy
Dear Nora, I am interested in appearing for LEED GA exam from Mumbai, India. Can one appear from here? Please inform. Thank you.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Vaishall you can definitely appear for the LEED Green Associated exam in Mumbai, India. Please visit to locate a test center.
Architect, Dimoma
Hi can I take practice test on line before the exam for leed green associate
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amani, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amani, at this time USGBC does not create practice exams, but I encourage you to search online for practice exams from other organizations.
Hi Nora, Can I take the exam from India?
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