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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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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.
GM Planning and Development & PD LEED Project , National Polymer Industries and Shoeniverse Footwear Ltd
Hello Whitney Terrill, Good day. I am Bangladeshi Retired Colonel and now Working with a Polymer Industry as GM Planning and Development. I am also given with the responsibility to act as PD of a LEED gold certification project here in Bangladesh and i am working with your @EDS global team. SO I am interested to be a LEED AP. Please guide and refer how to go about it and obtain a LEED AP certificate ith distinction. Many thanks. Regards.My email id mozammel2849@yahoo.com or mozammel@nationalpolymer.net
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Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Most people who are looking to demonstrate proficiency in LEED start with the LEED Green Associate credential and then other opt to earn another credential based on their professional expertise. For example, if you are working in new construction in Bangladesh, you may eventually want to earn a LEED AP Building Design + Construction. I would use exam preparation materials of your choice alongside the primary references used to write the exam. (Please note that there are a number of USGBC Education Partners who offer exam preparation materials.) The primary references used to write the exam are listed here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Here are some other tips and resources to enhance your studying experience: 1. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-creden.... 2. Visit the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and check out many examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects). 3. Check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4. 4. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide. 5. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: http://www.usgbc.org/education. Good luck!
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Md Mozammel Hossain, as a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers All -inclusive LEED AP Exam Prep Program that comes with self paced modules, study notes, practice tests, Mocks exams, flash cards, etc. You may attend the exam prep either live online, on-demand or in-person. To know more, please refer: http://www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation/?ref=nan
Hello, I want to purchase the course (LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam Prep, On-demand, price USD 275). My understanding is, this is a course with downloadable contents (videos, practice questions slides, sheets etc.). Please confirm. Or, is it online live classes course. Also, is this course covers combined exam (i.e. both GA & AP)?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
As Whitney mentioned, these courses are On Demand so you can complete them at your own pace. If you want LEED GA specific study materials I would visit this link: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam. Course material will be slightly different as the LEED GA exam is designed to test the general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.
Many thanks for the reply
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All of the contents are available online. You can access the materials anywhere you have an internet connection through your USGBC.org account.
Thanks for the reply
Architectural Technologist, PMGM Architecture
Hello, I completed my LEED Green Associate last year in November. Since then I have completed 12 of my continuing education hours. I am now looking at doing the LEED AP BD&C exam in the next few months. Assuming I pass and complete that, how will my current CE hours be affected? Will they be reset to 0 and have a full 2 years to complete the required hours for BD&C? Or will they carry over?
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED AP BD+C! You will earn a new credential and then need to start earning hours from within your new reporting period. The hours used to maintain your LEED Green Associate will not carry over. Hope that helps, and good luck!
Architect Intern, Dewberry
Hello, is there going to be a Exam Preparation book for the LEED AP exam, similar to the Green Associate Exam Preparation book that can be purchased through USGBC? I see there is a link to the online course at the bottom of this page but I was wondering if there will also be a book.
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! We recommend starting with the LEED Green Associate credential candidate handbook and study bundle. Both are listed below: 1. Review and study the list of references used to write the LEED Green Associate exam: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. 2. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-creden.... 3. Consider purchasing the LEED Green Associate study bundle: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-pr.... 4. Visit the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and check out many examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects). 5. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide. 6. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: http://www.usgbc.org/education. Good luck!
Architect Intern, Dewberry
I have already taken the LEED Green Associate Exam. My question was about the LEED AP BD+C Exam, and if there will be a book released in addition to the online course listed on this page. Your response didn't mention a book at all.
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No, we currently do not offer exam preparation materials comparable to the LEED Green Associate study bundle.
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We do not have a study bundle or exam guide for the LEED AP BD+C exam. The references listed in the candidate handbook are a great place to start your studying: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. If you choose, you can also use exam preparation course and materials.
Architect Intern, Dewberry
Thank you, I will stick to those references then to prepare.
Hello, I took the LEED AP Exam back in 2006 and passed. Will I need to retake the LEED GA along with the LEED BD+C exam in order to become re-certified? Thanks
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Thank you for your question! Yes, LEED AP without specialty will have to earn the LEED Green Associate credential before earning the LEED AP BD+C credential. We do offer a combined exam option that would allow you to take both exams on the same day. If you want to take the combined exam, please proceed to register for the LEED AP BD+C exam through your USGBC.org account. Good luck!
Operations Site Engineer, CCL - DHPPB Structures
Hi. I am preparing for the LEED AP BD+C exam, and have downloaded from your website a PDF ebook (160 pages) titled "LEED v4 for BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION", and updated on April 1, 2015. On its pages there is a watermark that reads "Updated to reflect the LEED v4 Building Design and Construction Addenda. Is this the book that I should study for my LEED Exam? If not, then what is it for? P.S: It does not include a cover page, appendix, etc. Many thanks for your help.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Wissam, I'd like to inform you that GBRI - USGBC Education Partner offers LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep Program that comes with study notes, practice tests, Mocks exams, flash cards, etc. You may attend the exam prep either live online, on-demand or in-person. https://www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation/?ref=nan
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Thank you for your question about LEED Addenda. Please feel freet to learn more about addenda and to find links to the latest changes to the rating system here: http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/addenda-(corrections-+-interpretations). This link can also be found in the references section of the candidate handbook for your exam in the references section: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook
Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Consultant
how to check the available seats for Leed AP exam
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Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP BD+C credential exam! Please feel free to research test locations near you by clicking on this link (www.prometric.com/gbci) and then by selecting “Locate a Test Center”.
Senior Architectural Engineer, BUiD
Can I compress GA with BD+C exams?
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Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Building Design and Construction credential. Yes, we offer candidates the option to take the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP BD+C during one appointment time. For more information about the LEED AP BD+C exam, please consult the LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook.
Sr. Project Engineer, Bernards
Hi, what is the best prep/study guide for both LEED GA & AP?
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED AP with specialty credential holder! Please learn more about the exam, especially the references used to develop the exam in the candidate handbook for the LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP with specialty credential of your choice. 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. Please also consider purchasing a study bundle for the Green Associate and using exam preparation offered through Education @USGBC. Here is a link to a LEED Green Associate study bundle: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-pr.... Here is a link to one of the exam prep courses for the LEED Green Associate (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-green-associate-v4-exam-pre...) and the LEED AP BD+C (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-bdc-v4-exam-prep-4903698). Every candidate will have a different level of effort to prepare for the exam. I would recommend first studying the references for the exam. With that said, we wish you the best while knowing that we cannot guarantee a fast-track route that is simpler, easier or less expensive. I would recommend first studying the references for the exam. Good luck!
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