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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.

LEED Professional Credential Exams to feature v4 content and project experience assessment on June 30

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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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
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Andre, please visit to schedule your retest. Thanks!
Project Manager, HB Construction
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 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.
LEED 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 ( and we will be glad to help.
Architect, Roya
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
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
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.
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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) 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
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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, you are allotted three registrations per exam per year; so if you retest within that year you will not have to pay for a retest. 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!
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