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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP Homes credential! 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. Please note the LEED AP Homes exam will begin featuring LEED v4 content on July 1, 2015. Learn more.

Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures

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.

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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Research Assistant II, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
Hello, Are there any practice exams available for this specialty through USGBC? I have not seen any on this site. Thank you.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Melissa, We currently do not have any practice exams on our website for the LEED AP Homes exam. Please keep checking back as more resources will be developed by our Education Partners. Thank you for your interest!
Research Assistant II, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
I've already taken the exam at this point. Thank you for your response.
Project Engineer, Saudi Aramco
Hello, can someone help please. I want to study for LEED Homes, however I still see V3/2009 study guide. Any idea when the V4 will be published? Thanks
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mohammad, Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP for Homes v4 exam and thank you for your patience! USGBC currently does not sell a study guide or practice exam for LEED AP for Homes v4. A good place to start is with the LEED AP for Homes v4 Handbook: LEED for Homes Candidate Handbook v4 http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-homes-candidate-handbook In the references section of the handbook you will find these important resources: LEED for Homes AP v4 Reference Guide: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-homes-design-and-con... LEED for Homes design and construction checklist: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-homes-design-and-construction-che... LEED v4 Rating System Selection Guidance http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance Please keep checking back as we offer more educational resources.
Interior Designer, Paisley Buta
Hello, Sorry, but I am still confused! I was expecting that LEED for Homes be changed to V4 while I see that the reference is still based on Version 2009 (V3). I need to be clarified so that I am able to decide writing exam or waiting for V4. Thank you.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The reference guide is available in v4: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-homes-design-and-con.... Best wishes on your exam!
Construction Manager - Partner , OPB Arquitectos
To whom it my concern, Hope everything is great. I am writing regarding the LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop of the Greenbuild 2015.. Based on the content of the program I am fully aware of the two parts and what it takes. But I have some doubts that I will appreciate clarifying before paying the workshop. 1. The test for Green Rater will take place in the Greenbuild?, Or each participant has to register in a Prometric Centre 2. What is the cost of the exam? 3. Once the exam is approved how those it work the training and mentoring assign by the USGBC Thanks for the proper answer. Best regards.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LFH Green Rater workshop is available at Greenbuild (http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/LEEDWorkshops). Exam candidates can test worldwide through Prometric at their convenience. Since you already have a specialty credential and are a part of a member organization, the cost for the exam is $250 (http://usgbc.org/credentials). Regarding the training and mentoring, please see the Credential Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-homes-green-rater-candidate-handbook).
Owner, The Green Home Advantage LLC
The Links for "Summary of Changes to LEED for Homes for Mid-Rise Buildings" and "Energy Star Qualified Homes Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist" are broken.
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for pointing this out - I'll work to get them updated!
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Ok - the links are now updated!
SB Architects
The link for LEED for Homes Rating System is broken
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Teresa, thanks for bringing to our attention, the link has been updated.
Member - Sales Manager, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM
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.
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED AP for Homes exam will feature v4 content in the second quarter of 2015. If you would like to test based on LEED 2008/ 2009 content, please ensure that you schedule your exam for the first quarter of 2015.
LEED Specialist, SolTerra Cities, Inc
This appears in conflict with more recent guidance from USGBC: ----- Whitney Terrill, U.S. Green Building Council, March, 2015 "Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP Homes credential! The current LEED AP Homes exam will contain LEED v3, or LEED 2009, content until June 15, 2015. We will be transitioning from LEED v3 to LEED v4 content for the LEED AP Homes exam between June 15, 2015 to June 30, 2015. If you are interested in continuing with LEED v4 content, you can study the LEED for Homes rating system (LEED v4) and then you should test after July 1, 2015. I hope that helps, and good luck!"
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
This more recent guidance is the most up to date. Thank you for your comment.
Founder, GreenViet Consultancy Co., Ltd.
Yeah, I have the same question with Joseph A Torres. Is LEED for Home AP required project experience?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, the experience requirement has been removed. Experience with a LEED Project is still strongly suggested.
Yes, the experience requirement has been removed. Experience with a LEED Project is still strongly suggested.
Owner, 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?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
Hi Bruce, this was announced in the following article. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature...
LEED AP, Designer, co-owner, Emu Architects
The link from this page for the Rating System is also dead: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-homes-v2008-01012010-present 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?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
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?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
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?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
To register for the LEED AP Homes exam, you must simply follow the link http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials. 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.
Procurement Specialist , Self Employed Construction material procurement
Is it true that in order to take the current AP homes exam no project experience is required but recomended
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, the experience requirement has been removed. Experience with a LEED Project is still strongly suggested.
Senior Environmental Consultant , THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
What version of LEED AP for Homes is being offered for candidates at this time? The only study guide available is version 2008/2009.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Liliana, LEED AP for Homes exam currently features 2008/2009 content, so the current study guide available is appropriate to reference.
Senior Environmental Consultant , THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
Great! thank you Nora
LEED AP, Designer, co-owner, Emu Architects
Is the Study Guide not available? The page reads that I'm not authorized to view it: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-ap-homes-study-guide
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mariana, thank you for brining this to our attention. The error has been corrected, and the publication is now available for purchase.
Hi, I was planning to take LEED GA, but then I was told that the version would be changing post June 15. If that is the case, may I know how do I prepare for the latest version in order to take up the exam ? How do I gather materials for the GA exam ? Please help me out.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Arvind, the LEED Green Associate exam will include LEED v4 content following June 30. Please review this article for study tips.
Executive Engineer CFD, Ignesis Consultants Pte Ltd,Singapore
Hi, I passed my Green Associate exam last week in version 3. I planned to appear for AP after June 15. do i need to write again Green associate exam in version 4 before i appear for AP in version 4? do i need project experience to appear for LEED AP Homes?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Manojpradeep, if you have already passed the LEED Green Associate exam, you do not need to take it again to appear for the LEED AP (v4) exam. Also, LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the exam, and the requirement to submit proof of LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required.
President, George W. Combs, Inc.
Nora, To expand and clarify on the "LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required" is that only applicable after taking the LEED Green Associate exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi George, yes, the "LEED project experience at the time of application is no longer required" applies to the LEED AP portion of the exam.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi all - The experience requirement has been removed. Best wishes in your studies!
Sr. Design Project Manager, S+M Design & Associates, Inc.
Hi Nora, I already passed LEED Green Associate exam and was trying to register for AP Specialty exam but it still requires project experience. Can you tell me how I can register without project experience?
Sr. Electrical Engineer, MSCEB
Is it going tobe as per V4 compulsary after 15 June.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shyam, Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015. Learn more.
Project Architect, Christopher Rose Architects, PA
So, does this mean that you can take the LEED AP Homes exam after June 15 and still be in the old version? I am getting ready to schedule the exam and was going to take it on June 13, but would rather have a couple more weeks to study. I have already taken the LEED Green Associate exam.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shelly, yes, you can take the LEED 2009 AP Homes exam after June 30. (There will be no exams administered from June 15-30).
Philgreen Construction Inc
Is it true that the LEED Homes AP credential is being dropped this year?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi David, no, the LEED AP Homes credential is not being dropped.

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