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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! 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

35 commentsLeave a comment

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 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 Agent
Is it true that in order to take the current AP homes exam no project experience is required but recomended
LEED 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
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