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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.

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Senior Mechanical Engineer, Sharqawi Electromechanical company
hi Nora what are the changes between LEED GA 2009 and LEED V4. i am planning to give test in july and iam doing my prepration with 2009 course material.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mohammed, please review the candidate handbook for the exam you are planning to take, to understand the information that you will be tested on in the LEED v4 exam. Access the LEED v4 candidate handbooks.
Green Consultant, Andre Doss Green Consulting
Nora, thank you so much for the explanation and clarification regarding my previous post regarding the LEED GA and AP LEED 2009 exam. You answered my question perfectly. My only question now is having passed the 2009 GA portion of the test, but needing to apply for the Homes AP portion only how /where do I start. Thank you so much. Andre
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Andre, please visit prometric.com/gbci to schedule your retest. Thanks!
President & Co-Founder, Emelectric
Hi Nora, I believe you answer this already but I need a bit of clarification. I applied for the LEED AP BD+C v3 and passed the first part only. To retest for the second part, would that be v4? Also, I read the part you mention we would not need to pay to retest. When I read through my status on USGBC.org it says I would need to pay for the specialty portion. Please help me understand where I stand and what should I do to retake the second portion.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your question. You can sign up to test again for a LEED with Specialty credential after passing the LEED GA exam. Each test does require a new testing fee fee. If you have additional questions, please contact us (http://www.gbci.org/contactus) and we will be glad to help.
Architect, Dimoma
Hi Nora, I just sat for Leed associate exam today, Jun 13. I know I have to redo the exam after Jun30th. and it will be a V4 LEED Exam. do you recomend a reference material to study? when will be the first opportunity to register for exam? and what will the feed be? Thank you Amani
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amani, please review this article for LEED v4 study tips.
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, please review this article about your options for taking the exam.
Green Consultant, Andre Doss Green Consulting
Hi Nora, first of all you do an excellent job of answering the questions presented to you and I appreciate it. I searched to see if my question had been previously answered before but was unsuccessful. With that said could you please help me to clarify some things? I registered for the LEED for Homes AP test and attempted the two part exam prior to June 15. As I'm sure you know, the study materials referenced ( LEED BD+C Reference 2009 Guide, and LEED for Homes Candidate Handbook and and LEED for Homes Reference Guide 2009. I passed the first part of the test (GA) and was not successful with the second part (Homes Specialty Exam). As a result of this outcome I have the following questions: 1. I understand that since I initially applied for the LEED AP test versus breaking the tests into two (LEED GA then LEED AP) that I have to take the combined tests versus just the one I did not pass within one yr if I choose to retest. Given that, will I be resolved to paying the whole $550 (GA fee + AP fee, I'm a non member) for each retest or is there a discounted fee for a retest? If not, on a side note, it appears that it might be advantageous to separate the two tests an pay the additional fees as they are negligible versus paying for both tests each time in the event you fail one of the two combined test. 2. Is there a way to separate the two tests going forward so that may only pay for and only take the one test that I need complete my AP ( i.e.. pay the $50 fee to be recognized as a (GA) Green Assoicate) http://www.usgbc.org/help/if-i-pass-first-part-leed-green-associate-exam...) 3. Given that I did not pass both parts of the LEED AP 2009 tests , when I retest for the LEED AP (combo GA+AP) test after June 30th, will the test be a combo of (a.) the new v4 GA test + the old 2009 AP Homes Test or (b.) will it be a repeat of the old 2009 GA test + the old 2009 Homes AP test? 4. Finally, I appreciate that the new v4 tests eliminate the need of doccumentd experience proof. I understand experience is now determined by questions included in the new v4 tests, however even though I have previous experience working on specific LEED projects I realize I have not had "hands on" experience in EVERY aspect of the project, relative my role on the project. As a result I am concerned that could fail the new GA v4 test of which I already passed in the 2009 GA test. Is my concern valid, if so are there study resources supplement to experience to pass the new GA v4 tests? Thank you again Nora! Andre
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Andre,
1. Since you applied for the LEED AP exam, but only passed the first part (Green Associate), you will only have to retest on the section you did not pass (part two, LEED AP for Homes). Learn more. Additionally, exam candidates can test on the same content up to three times a year. Learn more.
2. The only way to separate the two tests going forward, is to register and pay for each test individually. But since you only have to take part two of the exam (LEED AP), it seems like this question is no longer relevant.
3. Given that you did not pass both parts of the LEED AP 2009 test, when you retest for the LEED AP — as noted above you will only have to retest on the LEED AP part. But if you were to take both parts after June 30, 2014, the LEED for Homes test will be a combo of the new LEED v4 Green Associate test plus the old 2009 LEED AP for Homes Test.
4. Finally, you do not need to worry about your LEED project experience, if you were to take the LEED v4 Green Associate exam; the project experience is only recommended for the new LEED AP exams (part two). Hope this helps, and good luck!
Project Manager, Al Sayegh Contracting Co. L.L.C.
Hi Nora, I past LEED Green Associate 2009 exam and I want to take LEED AP+ v4, do I have to do LEED Green Associate v4 exam as a first part?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Michael, if you are already a LEED Green Associate, you will not need to take the LEED v4 Green Associate exam prior to taking the LEED v4 AP exam.
Interior Designer, Elizabeth Stalker Interior Design
Is the LEED GA exam going to be on different material after June 15, 2014. I have the prep materials for 2009, but plan to take the test July 1st.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Elizabeth, the LEED Green Associate exam will feature LEED v4 materials following June 30, 2014. Please review this article for LEED v4 study tips.
Owner, Montealegre Design
Have just past part 1 of LEED AP BD+C - failed part 2 1. Am I now LEED GA? Do I need to do anything at all to confirm? 2. Is it possible to retake part 2 before the June 15th? Thanks for your help Nora
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Laura, if you just past part one (LEED Green Associate) of the LEED AP BD+C exam, but failed part two (LEED AP with specialty), then you are not a LEED Green Associate, since you applied to be a LEED AP. Learn more. Also, please contact prometric.com/gbci to schedule your retest.
Senior Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Hi Nora, Regarding the LEED AP BD+C exam, if I passed Part 2 - BD+C but failed Part 1 - GA. Shall I must to pass the Part 1 - GA as well getting LEED AP credential, or it is sufficient to have the credential while Part 2 is passed? Thank you very much.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Wai Man, if you applied for the LEED AP exam and only passed part two (LEED AP with specialty), but not part one (LEED Green Associate), then you are not a LEED AP. You have to pass both sections of the exam. Learn more.
QA QC Manager, alec
Hi Nora I have taken the test for LEED AP Building Design & Construction on 09 June and couldnot pass. I have applied for a retest on 30th June 2014.Could you pls. let me know, whether I can take the the exam in V2009. Thanks
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Harikrishnan, when you take the LEED AP exam on June 30, 2014, the exam will feature LEED v4 content.
Arabtec LEED Manager, Arabtec Qatar
Hi Nora, regarding LEED Homes exam,i planned to to go to exam in June 2014,is LEED Homes reference guide 2008 still valid?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mohamed, yes, the LEED for Homes Reference Guide (2008) will still be a valid resource if you plan on taking the exam in June 2014.
Pres, Gatling Design Inc
What about after June 2014?? LEED for Homes exam coming in 2015. 1. Do you have any update on the actual date it will be available. 2. Are you 100% sure that it will be after Jan 1 2015? I have heard rumors that it will be in October 2014. 3. At ANY time until the new LEED for Homes exam is in place, should we use the 2008 Reference guide and other older materials for study - even though there is apparently a V4 Ref Guide for Home Design and Construction, which I see here on the site. Please Clarify. It is notoriously difficult to find answers to these type of questions on this website.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Richard, the LEED for Homes v4 exam is still in development, so we do not have an update on the actual date it will be available, but we are confident that it will not be October 2014. Also, you are correct that from now until the new LEED for Homes exam is in place, you should use the 2008 reference guide and other older materials to study.
Associate | Senior Urban Designer, AECOM
Hi Nora, I am planning to take LEED AP ND after June 30. As the ND will use v2009 exam for the rest of this year till 2015. I wonder if the requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of application still needed as above article said "it is no longer required as of June 30". Thanks.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Verachaid, the requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required for you to take the LEED AP ND exam.
Landscape Designer, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Hi, I have registered for the GA exam and will be taking v4. Are study materials available for v4? It looks like only 2009 materials are available...
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Matthew, 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 Matt, Hi, please review this article for LEED v4 study tips.
Principal Planner, City of Southlake
Is there any anticipated date for the release of the LEED AP ND Study Guide and Reference Guide?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Daniel, since the ND and Homes exams will not change until 2015, we expect to have exam resources released around the same time.
Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Hi I am scheduled to take the LEED GA exam on 15th June. But as we know that we take the LEED AP V4 without experience requirement, I wanted to know that can i transfer my exam to LEED AP V4 or will i have to cancel and re register for the AP exam. Thank You
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Hipal, please contact prometric.com/gbci to reschedule or cancel your exam.
Hi Nora, I want to go for LEED GA study.. I came to know that new version is coming. Please guide me from where I get this material for LEED GA ..And please let me know first date for the exam of new version of LEED GA. Thanks
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kinjal, 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 Kinjal, The LEED v4 professional exams will be available on June 30, 2014. Please review this article for study tips. Good luck!
Architect, Akrit Interior Decoration LLC
Hi Nora, What is the Eligibility ID that I am required to provide inorder to register for LEEDS AP exam. This appears in the new appointment section when I started scheduling an appointment. Thanks
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The Eligibility ID is the number that was provided when you completed your registration process on the usgbc.org site. It is available to you now when you log into the usgbc.org website, and select "Credentials" from the pull down menu. Best wishes on your exam!
Mechanical Engineer / HVAC Designer, Petra Engineering Ind.
Hello I am new in the USA and i notice that a lot of the companies ask for LEED certification, i want to ask about it and where to start ? Do i start with the LEED v4 GA ? As i am a mechanical engineer specialized in HVAC Design .... Thank you
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mustafa, the LEED Green Associate is a great place to start if you are interested in becoming a LEED professional. Check out this article to learn more.
Pedestrian Program Manager, Milhouse Engineering and Construction
Will the LEED Green Associate exam content change much after June15? I am taking it at the deadline and wondering if I should leave time to re-test prior to June 15 if needed.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Suzanne, the exam will change to reflect LEED v4 content. Please review the candidate handbook for test specs.
Owner, T.E. Restorations, LLC
I am scheduled to take the GA v3 exam this month. I expect to pass first time, however if I do not, how soon before I can retest? I want to give myself an opportunity to retest if necessary.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Grady, if you do not pass the exam the first time, you can sign up to retake it as quickly as 48-72 hours after taking the exam.
Dear Erin/ Nora, I wish to take my Green associate exam, is it better to go with the V4 version after 30th of June or before in the 2009 version, what’s the major difference, will be more difficult.
Project Manager, JLL
I am very interested in studying for an taking the LEED GA exam. With the new test coming out, if I wish to begin studying right away what would be my best course of action as I do not see any LEED GA study prep guides available. Or should I just wait for the new study guides to come out?
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jason, If you haven't already taken the exam, 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 Jason, I would recommend that you download the LEED Green Associate Candidate handbook, and review the test specs. You could start studying with these. Also, I encourage you to search online for exam prep resources created by external organizations. Good luck!
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