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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)

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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LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The resources for the LEED AP BD + C exam can assist you in studying for the LEED Green Associate exam. However, because the LEED Green Associate exam covers a general overview of green building and its concepts there are a few things to consider. I would pay special attention to the Introductory and Overview sections of the LEED Building Design and Construction Reference Guide if you purchase it. I would also purchasing the Core Concepts Guide http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide. This is not something typically recommended for the LEED AP BD + C exam but, very beneficial for the LEED Green Associate exam. I hope this helps. Best wishes on your exam.
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Nathan, the Green Associate exam is a more general exam that goes over the general green building and sustainable design concepts and the AP exam goes more in depth. It is best to study both the Green Associate and AP material so you are also able to answer the more basic questions being asked on the Green Associate exam. Our AP exam prep material will also include access to the Green Associate material so you are able to study for both exams. Our packages include access to online modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Structural engineer, AE7
hi Felicia , Tnx for reply . Just for the last comment , as you said it covers everything and it means i dont need any other source or even book and hopefully i can pass the exam with this package , right? are there PDF file as well so i can download and read them as hard copy or not? regards
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Seyed, it is my pleasure! Our exam prep packages are all-inclusive so you would be given all of the information needed to pass your LEED exam. Our flashcards, handouts, memory charts and study guide are in PDF format so you would be able to save and print those items if you would like! Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Structural engineer, AE7
Hi, I just passed my Green Associate exam and i want to go for LEED AP bd+ c but i dont know where to start from ... I am living in dubai and its almost impossible to get the book v4 new version . What do u suggest !? What i sthe best way i can follow to finish bd+c without having the book!! Or if any store book or representative institute selling the books in here please inform me...
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Building Design and Construction credential. I would recommend you consult and study all of the resources listed in The LEED AP BD + C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED AP BD + C exam. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps the best resource is the LEED Building Deign + Construction Reference Guide available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You will see in this link that we offer an e-document which allows you lifetime online access to the LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide which would alleviate the issue of having a hard copy delivered to your location. The GBRI Prep Course is great but, does not offer this Reference Guide which we feel is the number one study material for the exam. So you may want to purchase the e-document in addition to or as your only study material for the exam. I hope this helps and best of luck on your exam!
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Seyed, There are exam prep packages you can purchase that will help you prepare for LEED AP exam. Our AP exam prep material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time as long as you have internet access. We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Electrical Engineer, Arena Engineering consultants
Should I get LEED GA to participate LEED AP BD+C? Thanks
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Ayman, In order to become a LEED AP you must first pass the LEED Green Associate exam. You can choose to take the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams at the same time or you can schedule these exams to be taken at separate times. Our AP exam prep material will also include access to our Green Associate material so you are receiving the exam prep material for both exams at one low price! Our All-Inclusive package will include access to online modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
INTERN ARCHITECT, NXL ARCHITECTS
I have the LEED GA.Can I write the LEED AP exam,or are there any other requirements before I can write it? Thanks, Divya
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Divya, It is no longer a requirement to have project experience prior to taking your LEED AP exam. Although this is no longer a requirement it is strongly recommend you have experience working on a LEED registered project or that you have an exam prep package that will incorporate project experience in your exam preparation. We offer an all-inclusive exam prep package that will incorporates project experience into your exam preparation as well as cover all the other information needed to pass your LEED exam. Our All-Inclusive package will include access to online modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guide, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSAP https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Dear Felicia I'm a LEED AP without specialty since 2008. Now would like to add a specialization. Can I take LEED AP BD+C exam directly or do I need to clear GA and then BD+C? Is there any issue in continuing with just LEED AP? Will I be able to still do projects? Thanks Anoop
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Anoop, in order to gain a LEED AP BD + C credential you would need to sit for both the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP BD + C specialty exam. This can be done in one exam or two separate exam sittings. Please see this website for details: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. If you elect to keep your LEED AP credential you can certainly work on LEED projects however, you can no longer receive an Innovation credit for being a LEED Professional. That credit is only granted to professionals who currently hold a LEED AP specialty credential in the rating system in which the project is seeking certification. I hope that helps.
Msc. Architect, Architectural and urban planning consultant
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Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Cristian, thank you for your interest! Unfortunately at this time our package is only available in English. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Architectural Staff, SWA Architects
Hi Felicia, I'm having a difficulty signing up LEED AP BD+C with the promo code.
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Ted, I am sorry to hear this. Can you please email me at ffuller@gbrionline.org? I would be happy to assist you with this! Thank you, Felicia - GBRI
Structural Engineer, Renusol GmbH
Hello, I completed my Grad School in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked in US for a year. Currently I have moved to Cologne, Germany for a subsidiary of my US company. Was wondering if I can still write exam for LEED BD+C Certification, staying in Germany.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Avdhesh, thank you for your interest in the LEED AP BD + C exam. There are currently testing locations in Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg, Germany where you can take the LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD + C and combined exams (https://securereg3.prometric.com/Dispatch.aspx). As a reminder you do have to pass the LEED Green Associate exam before you can sit for a LEED AP specialty exam. This can be done in one sitting with a combined exam or as two separate sittings. I hope this helps!
MEP Construction Manager, CCE
If Wanna to be specialized in Health care LEED AP , What shall I do. Furthermore , How can I Get LEED FACULTY.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Amer, Thank you for your questions. At this time we do not have any plans to make LEED for Healthcare a separate credential. It is an adaptation of the LEED AP BD+C credential. Regarding your interest in becoming LEED faculty: There is currently a hold on the acceptance of new USGBC Faculty applications. We will provide new information on the 2016 release of the USGBC Faculty program and application process after January 1, 2016. Please check back!
Sustainability Engineer, BESIX / Six Construct
If I register for LEED AP BD+C, will I be accredited as LEED GA if I clear only the first part of the exam but fail the second part? Regards, Satish
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
If you pass the LEED Green Associate portion but, not the LEED AP Specialty portion of a combined exam you don't automatically become a LEED Green Associate. Please see this help topic for more information http://www.usgbc.org/help/if-i-pass-first-part-leed-green-associate-exam.... I hope this helps!
Project Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
I bought the "LEED v4 - BD+C Study and Ref.Guide Combo" and plan to take the combined LEED GA and BD+C exam. Will this reference/study guide also prepare me for the GA portion of the exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The resources you have purchased to assist you in studying for the LEED AP BD + C exam will also cover the LEED Green Associate exam. Pay special attention to the Introductory and Overview sections of the LEED Building Design and Construction Reference Guide. I would also consider purchasing the Core Concepts Guide http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide. I hope this helps. Best wishes on your exam.
Sustainability Specialist, KEO International Consultants
Hi, what about LEED AP's without specialty wanting to upgrade to LEED AP+? Will they have to sit for both the LEED Green Assoc exam and Specialty Exam, or should they just sit for the Specialty Exam?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shakir, Great question! An individual who has earned a LEED AP credential and who wishes to add on a specialty will take the "Specialty Only" exam http://usgbc.org/credentials. The Specialty Only exam is $250 for members and $350 for nonmembers. This answer holds true if someone holds a LEED AP credential plus specialty but wishes to add an additional specialty to their credential. I hope that answers your question!
Landscape Designer, TERRADON
I would like to take the AP BD+C Full exam, if this is the case, I wouldn't have to take the Green Associate exam first, it would be included in the full exam, correct?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Matt, you are correct that if you elect to take the LEED AP BD + C combined exam you will first be tested on LEED green Associate material and then LEED AP BD + C specialty material in the same sitting/exam. Each part contains 100 randomly delivered multiple-choice questions and each part must be completed in 2 hours. Total time is 4 hours and 20 minutes including a tutorial and short satisfaction survey. You do not need to register for the exams separately.
Business Manager, MHB Group
What is the best way to prepare for the Combined LEED GA and BC&C exam and best deal you can give me?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Gabrielle, . I would recommend you GBRI for LEED GA Exam Preparation. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide comes with more than 500 sample questions, simulated mock exams, flash cards and everything you require to secure your LEED credentials. To access our splendid LEED Exam Prep, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... GBRI's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Package worth $199 could be brought now at just $89. Use Coupon code "bonusga" to avail this offer. :)
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Gabrielle, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP BD + C credential. I would recommend you consult and study all of the references in The LEED AP BD + C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the test. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps one of the best resources is the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design + Construction available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You may also find the LEED Exam Prep courses for LEED AP BD + C offered by a couple of our Education Partners very beneficial : http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. We do not currently offer discounts on these educational materials or courses. I hope this helps. Best of luck on your exam!
Can I sign up for the AP BD+C exam wihtout being a Green Associate? or is the GA mandatory for any AP exam?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Maria, The LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) exam is the 1st tier in the LEED credentialing process, and is the stepping stone to earning your LEED AP with specialty. The GA exam is less detailed than the specialty exams, but can cover general green building concepts that span across all LEED rating systems. I'd like to recommend you that you should take up a LEED Green Associate Exam. After securing your LEED Green Associate credentials, you can go for any LEED AP specialization of your choice. As a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers LEED Exam Prep training. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide comes with more than 500 sample questions, simulated mock exams, flash cards and everything you require to secure your LEED credentials. To access our splendid LEED Exam Prep, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio.... GBRI's LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Package worth $199 could be brought now at just $89. Use Coupon code "bonusga" to avail this offer. :)
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You can earn the LEED Green Associate as a stand-alone credential or en route to earning the LEED AP BD+C credential. Please review the LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook for more information on the combined exam: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
Project Engineer, Lendlease
Are any materials given to you for the exam or is it all from memory?
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Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP BD+C credential! No, this is not an open book exam. However, you can find more information about what to expect on the day of the exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
MECHANICAL ENGINEER, KEO International Consultants
Dear All, Can any body give LEED AP BD+C V4 STUDY GUIDE book
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Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. We encourage candidates to start their preparation with the LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook:http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Here are a list of exam preparation materials: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. Thanks!
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Prabhu, You can use GBRI study material for your LEED AP BD+C. Pay just $ 129.00/- for LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep, which will include LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flashcards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams. Use coupon code "apaug" to avail this amazing offer! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Green Building Research Institute’s incredible Offer: Pay just $ 129.00/- for LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep, which will include LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flashcards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams. Use coupon code "apaug" to avail this amazing offer! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
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
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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!
Electrical/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: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/for-test-takers/prepare-for-test-day/doc.... Best of luck on your exam.
Construction Manager , CONSOLIDATED CONTRACTORS GROUP S.A.L.
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 (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-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 (http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/all/education-partner). 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 & Outreach Coordinator , 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 https://www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation/?ref=nan.
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