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Prepare for your LEED AP BD+C Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP BD+C! The key to earning a LEED AP is a thorough understanding of green building, the LEED rating system and the ability to facilitate the certification process.

Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures

The LEED v4 exam is based on the following test specifications and references. The exam questions reflect Task Domains and Knowledge domains.

Planning to take the Green Associate exam at the same time as the LEED AP exam? Check out the exam prep for the Green Associate exam.

Task Domains: Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED® safely and effectively. These include concepts such as LEED Project and Team Coordination, LEED Certification Process, Analyses Required for LEED Credits, and Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System.

  • LEED Project and Team Coordination (22%)
  • LEED Certification Process (32%)
  • Analyses Required for LEED Credits (32%)
  • Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (14%)

Knowledge Domains: Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know. These include concepts such as LEED Process, Integrative Strategies, LEED credit categories, and Project Surroundings and Public Outreach.

  • LEED Process (8 questions)
  • Integrative Strategies (9 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (9 questions)
  • Sustainable Sites (9 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (9 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (14 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (12 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (11 questions)
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (4 questions)


The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.

This exam is designed to test the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the application and certification process.

Please note: LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-June 30 of each year.

Sample Questions

These sample questions were discarded in the process of creating items for the new LEED AP Building Design + Construction exam. The items are provided for your convenience to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.

  1. The city is building a new botanical garden and is attempting LEED® certification. What could the educational program include to earn an Innovation in Design Credit?
    A. Present the building’s sustainable features at the grand opening
    B. Present the building’s sustainable features at a town hall meeting
    C. Provide on-going weekly tours highlighting the building’s sustainable features*
    D. Publish a press release to the local newspaper outlining the building’s sustainable features

  2. How should athletic fields be treated in the calculations for WE Credit, Outdoor Water Use Reduction?
    A. Must be calculated using 100% potable water
    B. May be included or excluded from the calculations*
    C. May be calculated using a standard 20% reduction from baseline
    D. Must be calculated using at least 20% from an alternative water source

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Marketing Engineer, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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is the CERTIFICATION national accepted because i am moving from pa to tx and wanted to know if i will have to take the exam again
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential! LEED is recognized internationally, and you do not have to retest for your LEED credentials when you move. Best of luck on your move!
Mechanical Engineer, Rensch Engineering, LLC
Is the exam open book? I don't see anywhere posted what materials you can take into the exam.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED exams are not open book. Written notes, published materials and other testing aids are strictly prohibited. You can view Prometrics FAQ's here: Best of luck on your exam.
Construction Manager , Consolidated Contracting International Company
dear, I have been accredited for Green associate and iam looking for LEED AP BD&C. I am asking should I have an experience in leed projects to be illegible for the exam? regards
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations on obtaining your LEED Green Associates credential. In order to sit for the LEED BD + C you no longer are required to have LEED project experience. For the LEED AP with specialty exams, prior LEED project experience is only strongly recommended. Practitioner experience is critical to the LEED AP designation and, as such, project proficiency will be tested objectively within the LEED AP with specialty exam itself.
Senior Architect, SSH International
what are the best sites for LEED AP BD+C exams preparation ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Building Design and Construction credential. We would recommend referencing the full reference guide in preparation for your LEED AP BD+C exam. The LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook ( is also a tremendous resource and lists the primary references used to write the exam. There are many organizations that have online LEED Exam Prep courses which may help you studying for the LEED AP BD + C exam. You might look at some of the courses offered by USGBC Education Partners ( These partners have developed courses in collaboration with the USGBC using our intellectual data. Everblue and GBES are two examples of USGBC Education Partners with LEED Exam Prep course offerings.
Marketing Engineer, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Waleed, I'd like to suggest you GBRI for LEED AP BD+C exams preparation, you can have a look at
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