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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

21 commentsLeave a comment

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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?
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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.
LEED 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.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, 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?
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