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Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.

The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system this June.

  • The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014.
  • The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014.
  • No tests will be administered in between these dates.

For the first time, LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the LEED AP exam. Practitioner experience is critical to the LEED AP designation and, as such, proficiency will be tested objectively within the LEED AP exam itself. The requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required as of June 30. 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 about this change.

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USGBC offers three levels of recognition for green building professionals.

  • The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid, current understanding of green building principles and practices. It is ideal for both professionals newer to the fields of sustainability or looking to gain experience and exposure to LEED, as well as those working in diverse roles such as product manufacturers, students, real estate professionals, contractors and more. The LEED Green Associate credential is for all.
    LEED Green Associate — Prerequisites: none; Exam fee: $250; CE Hours required: 15 hours every two years
  • The LEED AP credential affirms advanced knowledge in specialized areas of green building, expertise in particular LEED rating system, and competency in the certification process. It is suited for practitioners actively working on LEED projects to showcase their deep technical knowledge of LEED in both principle and practice. Project teams with LEED APs demonstrate commitment to quality and competency development.
    LEED AP with Specialty — Prerequisites: LEED Project Experience strongly recommended; Exam fee: $550; CE Hours required: 30 hours every two years
  • The LEED Fellow is an honorary designation bestowed annually upon the most distinguished LEED APs with specialty to recognize exceptional contributions to advancing the field of green building. The highest and most exclusive individual designation in green building, LEED Fellows must hold a minimum of 10 years of green building practitioner experience, be nominated by their peers, pass a rigorous review process and demonstrate consistent mastery in areas of technical proficiency, education and mentoring, leadership, commitment and service, and advocacy.

Visit our Credentials page to learn more and apply for an exam. For questions, please contact customer service. 

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What are dates for the exam Leed AP ID + C in Dallas or Austin, TX.?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Santos, there are no set exam dates. This webpage indicates that the subject matter will be based on v4 as of the June 2014 date noted. Exams are individually scheduled at ProMetric centers after you have registered to take an exam. If you would like to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED AP ID+C" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day.
Project Manager - Interior Design, Croy Engineering
What are the dates for the Green Associates exam in the Greater Atlanta area for the balance of 2015?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Eve, you can schedule the LEED Green Associates exam at your convenience via our partner: Prometric. They have availability almost every day of the year, but this is determined by the test center you choose. To locate the test center nearest you, go to Prometric's website (https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx), and select "Locate a Test Center."
Senior design engineer, Drake and scull international
Hi, I have applied for LEED combined exam,how to schedule separate GA and AP exam? is it a must to take both together?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Mohammed, the LEED AP BD + C exam which you registered for is a combined exam administered at the same time. The test is broken into 100 questions for each part and you are given 2 hours to complete each part. Please reference page 5 of the LEED BD + C handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook). Should you desire to take the exams on separate days you would need to reregister. If I can assist you with that please message below and I will contact you directly. Thank you
Dierctor, Sustainability, FRBNY
I am a LEED Green Associate and I took the LEED AP IDC exam today but did not pass it. How soon can I take the AP IDC exam again? Do I need to pay a fee for it?
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Thank you for your question about scheduling your exam. From reviewing your account, I understand that you were able to resolve this issue. If you have any additional questions about testing, please do not hesitate to contact our team at http://www.usgbc.org/contact. Good luck on your exam!
Project Manager, Hill International, Inc.
Hello, Can anyone tell me where I can find the dates for when I can sit the LEED AP exams in March / April? Thanks!
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
HI Michael - You can schedule the exam at your convenience via our partner: Prometric. They usually have availability almost every of the year, but this is determined by the test center you choose. To locate the test center nearest you, go to Prometric's website (https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx), and select "Locate a Test Center."
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Thank you for your interest in learning more about LEED v4. I would recommend starting with the following, three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4. 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide. 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education.
Architecture Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
why can I not find exam dates for the LEED GA exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Brittney, the exam is administered almost every day during the year; the dates and availability are determined by the test center. Learn more.
Architecture Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
thank you so much!
Member, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM
Is there an online course to upgrade the skills of V3 time LEED APs to V4 offered by USGBC? I think there should be one. Can somebody inform?
Associate Project Manager for Architecture, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ID+C, ND, HOMES | WELL AP | CDT | Green Classroom Professional, New York City Housing Authority
Hi, What is the current version that is being tested for Homes? The latest version of the rating system I can find is v2008.2. Thank you for any information.
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Here's a link to the current LEED for Homes study materials: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-homes-study-guide-and-refere.... In Summer of 2015, the LEED for Homes exam will be updated for LEED v4 content.
Lead Planner, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
When in 2015 will the LEED ND exam begin using v4 material. All the statement made by USGBC are not specific... they just say "2015", which is not very useful for planning studying and testing timelines. Your information would be appreciated.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
We are still in the development phase for the LEED AP ND exam. We don't have a firm date yet. It will probably be around the summer, but I cannot say definitively unfortunately. We will be sure to provide more detailed information as we have it..
Design Plan Manager/LEED Coordinator, The Kirlin Group
Does the new October 2016 for v3/2009 date change anything about the exam or should they still study for v4/2012
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Candidates who would like to earn the LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, or LEED AP O+M should continue to study v4 content. For LEED AP Homes and ND, candidates should continue to prepare with LEED 2009 content untl summer of 2015 when those exams are updated to feature v4 content.
Design Assistant, Florida State University
When are the tests scheduled in 2015? I know that I pick a date, but when are the specific dates set throughout the year please.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
Prometric test centers have different availability depending on the test center. The exams are generally available seven days a week and almost every day during the year in most places. The best course of action is to visit www.prometric.com/gbci and look up the availability in your area for a specified time frame.
Design Assistant, Florida State University
Thank you very much!
Project Manager, Cal Pac
Hi, I was wondering where to find the test exam schedule?
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
You can schedule your exam at your convenience through Prometric. The first step is to register for the exam at usgbc.org/credentials. You will then be directed to Prometric's site for scheduling.
Design Assistant, Florida State University
Are there specific dates to pick from ? Isn't the test only administered three times per year?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED Exams are administered all year round and in most places 7 days a week. You can find a list of center locations, and test availability at by visiting www.prometric.com/gbci.
Project Design group
i need to go for LEED GA ,V4 Exam , kindly if any one can help us to provide me all the materials ( BOOK ) to study it in order to pass the exam . kindly send it to me on my email ( arch.muath@hotmail.com ). thanks a lot for all. regards. Arch.Muath
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Muath, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
U.S. Army
Is the LEED Green Associate Exam available online or will I need to go to a testing facility to take the exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Marissa, you will have to go to a testing facility to take the exam. Learn more.
LEED Engineer, LEED AP (O+M), Green Technologies FZCO
Hi Nora, I am a LEED AP (without specialty) and I want to take LEED AP:O+M v4. Do I still have to take the LEED Green Associate v4 exam at first ?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, LEED APs without a specialty do have to take the LEED GA exam prior to adding a specialty.
Project Engineer, Skanska USA
Hi Nora, To study for the new exam, can I use the LEED v2009 study books? There doesnt seem to be any books available for the v4 LEED AP BC+D exam.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Marietta, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Marietta, please read this article for study materials and tips. Thanks!
Hi, I wanna know the test schedules since I need to make plan for studying. where can I find the schedules? Thanks!
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Soojung, the exam takes place in a testing center, and you get to determine when you take the exam. Please visit prometric.com/gbci to schedule your exam. Learn more.
Can I use my leedv2009 certificate to take the new leedv4 test? I missed the June date before the new conversion and want to know if I have to re take a leedv4 class and get a new certificate. Please advise. Thanks
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, you can use an Eligibility ID that you obtained from the USGBC.org website during the registration process to schedule for a v4 exam. The Eligibility IDs are good for one year after you register.
Green Building Specialist, Go4Energy
Hi Nora, I have seen similar question, but I'm still confused... I've past the LEED Green Associate 2009 exam and I want to take LEED AP:O+M v4. Do I have to take the LEED Green Associate v4 exam as a first part?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Izabela, if you have already passed the LEED 2009 Green Associate exam, you do not need to take the LEED v4 Green Associate exam, to take the LEED v4 AP O+M exam.
Landscape Architect, Dar Al-Handasah
Hi, Nora. If I would prefer to possess the v4 material, how do I do that? Where can I get it? Thanks.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Adham, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Adham, please review this article for LEED v4 study materials.
Architect, NA
Hi Nora, This is the first time I will be appearing for LEED. Do I need to give LEED GA and then LEED AP BD+ C or can i give LEED AP directly. Also, for LEED AP it says work experience on a green building project is recommended. I dnt have any experience yet. So what would you suggest..Thanks.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Priyanka, you can take the LEED Green Associate exam before you take the LEED AP BD+C exam, or you can take them together. Learn more.
Architectural Graphic Designer, K. Hovnanian
Hi Nora, I've went through the questions and am a little confused. In order to take the LEED BD+ C v4, do you have to pass the LEED Green Associate. v4? Thanks!
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jenna, when it comes to taking a LEED v4 BD+C exam you have three options. You can take 1) the standalone LEED Green Associate core exam (and pass it), 2) then take the standalone LEED AP BD+C specialty exam, or 3) take the combined LEED Green Associate core and LEED AP BD+C specialty exam. Learn more.
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