LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014 | U.S. Green Building Council
Please upgrade your browser. This site requires a newer version to work correctly. Read more
Published on
Written by
Posted in LEED
Published on
Written by
Posted in LEED

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. 

Related articles

LEED Professional Credential exams to feature LEED v4 material
The newest version of LEED

USGBC Articles can be accessed in the USGBC app for iOS or Android on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
iOS App on App StoreAndroid app on Google Play
Show all comments

Total 131 commentsLeave a comment

Architect, Project Manager, Sustainability Consultant, Reincarnating Spaces
When will study guides for v4 exams be available?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kersten, we do not have a date available for the release of study guides. However, v4 reference guides are now available in the usgbc.org store.
I know the last day to take the LEED AP BD+C v2009 is June 15 2014. However is there a cut off day/last day to register for that exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi William, if you register for the exam from June 15, 2014, and on you will be registering for the LEED v4 exam.
Planning Associate, University of Oregon
I have already received my LEED Green Associate credential under v3. Am I eligible to take just the BD+C portion of the v4 AP exam? Or would I need to take the Green Associate Exam again under v4?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Emily, if you have received your LEED Green Associate credential under LEED 2009, you are eligible to take just the BD+C portion of the LEED v4 AP exam. You do not need to take the Green Associate Exam again under v4.
Executive Editor & Publisher, BuildingGreen, Inc.
What about LEED-ND and LEED-Homes? Will those exams launch at the same time? If so, when will handbooks be out? If not, will the v2009 exams continue for those systems? Thanks for sharing this info!
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Comment updated May 15: Hi Tristan, 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 Homes Reference Guide is now available in the usgbc.org store, and the ND Reference Guide will be available in early 2015.
Architectural Intern, SHW Group
Hi Erin, I have registered the exam of LEED BD+C with LEED project experience typed in. If I want to take the exam after June 30, do I need to complete various tasks for a newly credentialed LEED professional in new system? Thank you so much!
Senior Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank
Is there any way to find out when/how frequent exams are offered in St. Louis, MO, before paying the $250 exam fee for LEED GA? If one does not pass the exam the first time, does the $250 exam fee for LEED GA include any re-takes? How soon can one retake the LEED GA if it is not passed the first time? My questions are primarily due to teh upcoming 6/14 change to the exam content. Thanks so much!
Industry Marketing Manager - Building Design, Autodesk
Hi Lori, yes, you can look at Prometric.com to locate a test center for GBCI and then search for availability. You get three attempts per registration period, and if you do not pass you can retake the exam immediately.
Mechanical Engineer, CDM Smith
Hi Erin, I registered to the LEED AP BD+C V3 exam and i plan to schedule my exam by May 1st week. If things goes wrong, Am i allow to take V3 version after June 30. Will i lose my 1 year subscription or it will continue to choose V4 exam.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ashok, you will only be able to take the current (LEED 2009) exam up until June 15. However, as long as you are still within your one year exam period you will be able to take the LEED v4 exam after June 30.
Mechanical Engineer, CDM Smith
Thanks Nora. Do you know when v4 study materials available other than reference guide.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ashok, we do not have a release date available for LEED v4 study materials.
Sr. Engineer, Conserve Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Hi Erin, Is it necessary to take LEED GA & LEED AP with LEED 2009 before 15th June 2014? or can I take LEED GA before 15th June 2014 and after that take LEED AP with LEED V4.0? Thanks.
Mechanical Engineer, CDM Smith
Hi Elavarasan, You can take LEED AP after June 30 and no matter what version of the Green Associate you passed. See here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature...
Project Architect , Petroleum Development Oman LLC
Hello there, I am adding my comments to what Michelle said, when can we have access to the Materials of v4, I mean here Green Associate. Currently every thing relates to 2009 please advise regards
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sulaiman, we have just released the v4 Green Associate Candidate Handbook. You can access the handbook in our resource library.
Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.
Hi Erin, Is that means LEED BD+C exam will examine the rating system for both BD+C and Homes as well. Also LEED V4 will have less credentials than LEED 2009, or USGBC going to release a new credentials in the nearest.
Sustainability Consulting: Project Manager
I made a call to USGBC and they confirmed that the AP BD+C exam will cover the BD+C v4 reference guide material (green book) but will not cover the v4 Homes reference guide material (tangerine color book).
Sustainability Consulting: Project Manager
Can you confirm that there will not be a LEED AP Homes credential with the v4 testing? Will those initially wanting a LEED AP Homes credential now be taking/earning the LEED AP BD+C with v4? Also, will current LEED AP Homes credential holders follow the BD+C CMP requirements and renewing for the BD+C credential vs Homes?
Sustainability Consulting: Project Manager
I made a call to USGBC and did receive confirmation that the LEED AP Homes credential will no longer be available with v4. Come June 2014, those with the Homes credential will have the option to chose another credential title. I.e. BD+C, ID+C. USGBC also confirmed the AP BD+C exam will not cover the v4 Homes reference guide material (tangerine color book) but will cover the BD+C v4 reference guide material (green book).
Industry Marketing Manager - Building Design, Autodesk
Hi Sherry, the LEED AP Homes exam is not being retired, and nothing is changing for current LEED AP Homes credential holders. We are looking into why our reps gave you bad information, and we sincerely apologize. I can confirm that the Homes specialty will continue to be available to those interested in pursuing the residential track. For more information visit: http://www.usgbc.org/leedap.
Executive Director
You might want to make a formal press release. Lot's of misinformation around!
Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.
Hi Erin, Thanks for the good news. What is the expected LEED AP Credentials the USGBC is planning to release in the future.
Marketing Manager, Green Living Projects
Hi Erin, LEED AP exam details says "Prerequisites: LEED Project Experience strongly recommended". Does it means that previous experience in a LEED project or a LEED project Experience course is not mandatory elegibility requisite? Thanks!
Industry Marketing Manager - Building Design, Autodesk
David, that is correct. We won't be verifying project experience at the time of application.
Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC
Erin - Since a date for the new test release has been solidified, you all must have the new test specifications. Can you tell me where I can find a copy of these for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialties? Current links are still based on LEED 2009 (http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ga/prepare and http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ap/prepare). The FAQ on project experience - http://www.usgbc.org/help/how-project-experience-assessed-within-leed-ap... - discusses the importance of knowing how to use LEED Online. Does this mean the new version of LEED Online (https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline.new/) and not the current LOv3 (https://www.leedonline.com/)?
Industry Marketing Manager - Building Design, Autodesk
Hi Michelle, The test specs will be posted online and in the new candidate handbooks no later than March 15. Regarding the project experience FAQ: yes, we mean LEED Online for v4.
Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC
Hello Erin - It's March 19th. Is there a new target date for the test specs release date?
  • of
  • 3

Leave a comment Don't have an account? Create one

You must be signed in to leave a comment.