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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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Project Engineer - Mechanical, Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. Ltd
Hii; Please provide me the suitable references (book) so I can study and pass Leed V4 Green Associate Exam
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: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-ap-homes-exam-feature-leed-v4-content... 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 ?
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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: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-2009-ap-homes-candidate-handbook.
Should we expect a new edition of the "LEED AP Neighborhood Development Study Guide" V4?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
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, n/a
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.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
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: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/list/credentialing-resources. "Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)", 1 Oct 2014 by Melanie Share at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pre-order-leed-professional-exam-prep-leed-v4) "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam) http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-homes-study-guide-and-refere... http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-nd-study-guide-and-reference....
Emerging Professional, n/a
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?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
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.
Emerging Professional, n/a
Thanks so much for all the helpful info. I really do appreciate it.
Mechanical Engineer, Eco Engineering and Energy Solutions “EcoSol”
Dear Nora, I have my brother's books (2009 edition) who took the exams earlier, can I use them to prepare for the LEED GA: V4 exam ? are there major differences ?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The new LEED V4 exams have been updated the reflect the most current knowledge reflected in LEED and Green Building. It is also based on the V4 rating systems while the previous exams were based on the V3 rating systems. I would not recommend using the V3 reference guides when it comes to V4 content.
Instructor/Consultant, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.
For LEED for Homes Candidate Handbook, are you still using the 2009 version? I am interested in applying to take my LEED for Homes AP exam, and I would like to know which current application I should use. Also, I have experience on a LEED EBOM project. Does this qualify me for the Homes AP exam?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mark, we are now using the LEED v4 candidate handbooks, and you can find the links to each in the article above. Exams are only available for LEED v4 now, so we recommend using the LEED v4 candidate handbook and not the LEED v2009 handbook. You may find the links on the following page helpful to prepare for your exam, and to help you determine if you would like to take the LEED for Homes exam, or the LEED EB O&M exam. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam
Principal, Salus Architecture
Nora: Do you ever envision LEED for Healthcare will develop a professional credentialing program?
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
There isn't anything like an adaptation specific LEED AP credential at this point, and the same question could easily be asked for Schools, Data Centers, Warehouses, and others. A possibly better role for USGBC, which I think they are already doing to a large part, is working with industry groups as an informed contributor to elevate education and professional licensing. That said, it would be cool to see a more dynamic credential - ooh the possibilities.
Urban and Infrastructure Planner, Washington University in St. Louis
I have taken appointment for LEED GA exam on 30th June. For the same I was referring to Candidate Handbook updated March 2014. Now Candidate Handbook June 2014 released and major implication is introduction of LEED Core concept guide 3rd edition. I am referring to 2nd edition since one month and now at last moment what should I do ?? will June 30th Exam refer 3rd edition or 2nd edition ??
Architectural Field Engineer, Hyundai Engineering and Construction
hi nora.. am i still eligible to take LEED GA v4 even though i got a training certificate for LEED 2009? if not, why should i do?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Marco, there are no eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate. Learn more.
Project Architect, Stantec
Hi Nora, Will there be any changes to the reference and study guide to LEED ND as well? If so from when will the exam for LEED ND be changed to V4 version. I reference and study material of 2009 and continuing with it. I couldn't find any handbook for LEED V4 for ND as well.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jingnesh, we expect that the ND exam to feature v4 content in 2015, at which point we will release a candidate handbook. In the meantime, you should continue to use LEED 2009 study materials.
Hi nora, i was planing to register LEED v4 Green Associate exam ,which study material should i follow..And also let me know where can i find study material. Please advice.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mustafa, LEED v4 exam prep materials are now available for purchase. Please check out this article for more information! Thanks!
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mustafa, you can find the LEEDv4 study material recommendations here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam
Principal, Randall + West Planners
Hi Nora - I'm taking the LEED-ND exam on 8/22 and from what I've read previously, it includes information from v4. Is that correct?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi C.J., yes, the exam now includes LEED v4 content.
Hi Nora, i am planning to register for GA exam,Kindly suggest the study material for that.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Manvendra, 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 Manvendra, please review this article for LEED v4 study tips.
President, Design Management Services
Hi Nora- Any update to when the new edition of Core Concepts will be available?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Michelle, the newest LEED Core Concepts Guide is now available in the usgbc.org store.
when these books will be available.? I am interested in LEED Green Associate exam.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Suchita, the LEED v4 candidate handbooks are now available in the Resource Library on usgbc.org.
project designer, LCA Architects
When will the updated study guides be available? I am specifically waiting for the LEED Green Associate Study Guide and Core Concepts Guide bundle.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
HI Wendy, the new Core Concepts Guide is now available in the usgbc.org store. We do not have a date for when the study guides will be available.
Senior HVAC Engineer, Option-1 International Consultants
Hello, I have noticed that the Eligibility requirements for AP Has changed to "Experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended." Does this mean no past experience and no LEED GA required to enter the exam? Does it mean i can directly register for LEED AP Exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Tarek, after June 30, 2014, LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the LEED AP exam, and the requirement to submit proof of project experience at the time of application will no longer be required. However, GBCI strongly urges candidates to gain meaningful project experience prior to taking the test, as project skills are critical to successful exam performance. Also, you can take the LEED Green Associate exam at the same time that you take the LEED AP exam.

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