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LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014

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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.

As the gatekeeper of green building knowledge, the U.S. Green Building Council continues to push the boundaries of green building innovation and education, delivering solutions for professionals to highlight advanced knowledge, passion for continued learning and professional growth.    

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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Dierctor, Sustainability, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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?
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, Green Building Certification Institute
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 (, and select "Locate a Test Center."
., U.S. Green Building Council
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: 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4:
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!
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, ID+C, ND, HOMES | CDT, 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, Green Building Certification Institute
Here's a link to the current LEED for Homes study materials: In Summer of 2015, the LEED for Homes exam will be updated for LEED v4 content.
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