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Prepare for your LEED AP Homes Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP Homes credential!

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 with Specialty credential 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 exam is based on the following test specifications and references.

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

Sample Questions

These sample questions were discarded during the exam creation process, and they are provided to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. The ability to answer these questions does not predict or guarantee your ability to successfully answer questions on the actual exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.

  1. In order to determine if a site is suitable for a LEED for Homes project, the project team should evaluate the status of endangered species on the site by:
    A. Consulting local forestry officials.
    B. Searching the NatureServe Website.
    C. Reviewing the Endangered Species Act.
    D. Checking federal and state endangered species lists.*

  2. Which three approaches should be used to reduce surface water runoff? (Choose three.)
    A. Graywater system
    B. Permeable surfaces*
    C. Permanent erosion controls*
    D. Rainwater harvesting system*
    E. Roof runoff diverted to storm sewer system
    F. High-efficiency landscape water system

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Hi, I just want to confirm that LEEP AP HOMES exam will still be based on LEED 2009 content until July 1 2015. Is this correct? I read somewhere that the exam is going to be updated to LEED V4 content in January 2015.
Sustainability Consultancy
Yeah, I have the same question with Joseph A Torres. Is LEED for Home AP required project experience?
The Green Home Advantage LLC
Other than reading the comments, how were we supposed to know the AP portion of the exam was from the v2009 edition and the GA portion was from the v4 edition?
Hi Bruce, this was announced in the following article.
LEED AP, Designer, co-owner, Emu Architects
The link from this page for the Rating System is also dead: It's kind of confusing for those of us looking into taking the specialty exam for LEED Homes... should we be waiting until the exam reflects the v4 changes? If so, when will that be? I'm just having a hard time understanding why the prep material and the rating system are at two different stages, know what I mean?
First, thank you for bringing the broken link to our attention. The LEED AP Homes exam, is not scheduled to feature V4 content until summer of 2015. If you plan on taking the exam before then you will be testing with 2009 content. Please remember that all the LEED AP exams have two parts, the LEED Green Associate then the LEED AP portion. The LEED Green Associate exam features V4 content, which is why all of the preparation materials are updated to feature V4.
LEED AP, Designer, co-owner, Emu Architects
Thanks for the fast reply; got it! So... would you advise waiting or taking advantage of the v2009 testing now? Will there be a substantial difference in the level of difficulty as well as the version content?
I cannot advise as to which version of the exam you should take or if one is more difficult than the other. Every candidate is learns and retains information differently. Also, the LEED AP Homes exam which features V4 content is not yet complete, so it;s too early for me to be able to provide helpful guidance on that front. I am sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Principal, CTA Architects P.C.
I am a LEED AP from 2006 and do not have a specialty attached to my designation. How do I take the LEED for homes exam? Do I have to take the Green Associate exam first still?
To register for the LEED AP Homes exam, you must simply follow the link To obtain a LEED AP Homes credential you must pass both the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP portion of the exam. This still holds true for those who hold the LEED AP without specialty credential.
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