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Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks

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Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system — and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare.

  • 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.

LEED v4 candidate handbooks

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LEED AP Homes and LEED AP ND candidate handbooks coming soon.

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Owner, The Green Home Advantage LLC
When is the LEED v4 Homes Candidate Handbook coming? Hasn't the Homes exam been the v4 version since February 2015?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Marvin, The LEED for Homes exam will begin to feature v4 content starting on July 1st 2015. Please see this article for more information: The LEED AP Homes candidate handbook will be coming soon. Thanks for your interest!
President, JMP Consultants LLC
Since I already hold a credential, how do I find out what material I would be tested on for a second designation as a LEED AP Homes ?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP Homes credential. If you already hold the LEED Green Associate or another LEED AP with specialty credential, your LEED AP Homes exam will be a specialty only exam. You will not need to retake part 1, which is the Green Associate exam. Page 13 of the LEED AP Homes candidate handbook will provide you with the list of references to read and study for the exam:
Should we expect a new edition of the "LEED AP Neighborhood Development Study Guide" V4?
The LEED AP ND exam is not scheduled to feature V4 content until summer of 2015. We expect for materials surrounding the exam to be updated around that time as well.
Emerging Professional
Hi. When will the LEED v4 LEED AP Homes and LEED AP ND candidate handbooks be made available along with the reference guides for each? By the way, are the candidate handbooks and the reference guides for each of these credentials the only items I need to successfully prepare for these exams? I'm new to the sector. Could you please clarify? I'd really appreciate it.
The LEED AP Homes and LEED AP ND exams are not scheduled to be updated with V4 content until summer 2015. The most updated study materials for this exam is the LEED 2009 study material. The handbooks are a must when preparing for the exam. I personally would recommend the reference guides as well but there is a plethora of options out there. I've added some helpful links to get you started. The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: "Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)", 1 Oct 2014 by Melanie Share at the USGBC ( "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (
Emerging Professional
Thanks for the helpful info. So what kind of discounts are available to pay for study materials and the exams? Are there scholarships or grants available to pay for any of this?
USGBC offers full time students a discount on the LEED Green Associate exam and there is a discount for all employees of USGBC member companies for the both the LEED AP and LEED Green Associate exams. There maybe scholarships or programs from other companies that can help as well, but I am not familiar with those.
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