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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!

A LEED credential gives you a competitive edge and shows the market you have the key knowledge, experience and credibility to bring success to LEED projects and sustainability-focused organizations.

The key to earning a LEED AP credential is a thorough understanding of green building, the LEED rating system and the ability to facilitate the certification process.

LEED v4 exam: available from June 30, 2014

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)

References

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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Graduate Consultant - Environmental Planning and Management, WSP
Hi ! I would like to know if I can get any benefit for a project assessment that I have done on biogas which had tremendous results in rural area replacing fuel wood and ceasing deforestation. can I register this project? and If I do so what benefit can I get from this? thanks .
Has anyone taken the Green Associate exam at the same time as the LEED AP exam? Would you recommend taking them separately or on the same day?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED AP with specialty credential. I would recommend taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbooks.
Do I need to have LEED GA before I can take LEED AP BD+C or can I take a combined exam and directly get certification for AP BD+C?
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Advocacy, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, no need to earn the LEED Green Associate first, you can take the LEED AP specialty exam to directly earn the LEED AP.
AECOM
since I already have LEED GA v2009, do I still have to cover the materials for EXAM 1 part (GA portion)? or study for AP BD+C is enough to take the AP exam? can someone clearly answer for this? Thanks.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in taking the LEED AP BD+C exam. If you already hold and maintain the LEED Green Associate or another LEED AP with specialty credential, any future LEED AP with specialty exams you take will be a specialty only exam. You will not need to retake part 1, which is the Green Associate exam. For more information about the LEED AP BD+C exam, please download the candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook.
Hi everyone I am a professional engineer. Does the LEED AP BD+C credential help you earn more financially?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED AP credentials are often seen as valuable assets to employers and project teams.
None, None
Jeslin, you may want to have references to "Green Associate" as GA removed from GBRI portal. You did the same in your post here. It is not allowed by USGBC.
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