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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.

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.

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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.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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.
Interior Designer, Feldman and Feldman Architects
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!
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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.
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.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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
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.
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