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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP ID+C! The key to earning a LEED AP 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 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 (25%)
  • LEED Certification Process (25%)
  • Analyses Required for LEED Credits (35%)
  • Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (15%)

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 (11 questions)
  • Integrative Strategies (8 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (8 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (10 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (15 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (17 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (16 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 Green Associate 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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Hi, I have worked for 14years as an interior designer. Most of my projects are abroad. So, I don't have any LEED registered projects. Am I also eligible for LEED AP? Thanks
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in taking the LEED AP ID + C exam. As mentioned by Felicia and on page 3 of our LEED AP ID + Candidate Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook) we no longer have a project experience requirement in order to register for the exam. The only prerequisite is that you have your LEED Green Associate credential. If you decide to register for the exam you can do so by logging into your USGBC account and selecting 'Credentials' from the drop down menu in the top right corner.
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Jullanna! It is no longer a requirement to have project experience prior to taking your LEED AP exam. Although this is no longer a requirement it is strongly recommend you have experience working on a LEED registered project or that you have an exam prep package that will incorporate project experience in your exam preparation since you are now tested over the process of a LEED project. Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Interior Designer , Abeer Alkabi and Associates
I would like to ask if there is any package for LEED AP ID+C which include the materials, online classes and exam preparation and how much the fees for that ?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP ID+C credential. At the moment, we do not have LEED AP ID+C exam preparation materials. There are companies that currently sell LEED AP ID+C exam preparation materials. If you are interested in purchasing materials, I would recommend comparing the expected outcomes of the exam prep versus the topics and references outlined in the LEED AP ID+C candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
Interior Designer , Abeer Alkabi and Associates
what about the materials ? which materials we have to study ?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Please see the list of materials listed in the candidate handbook on page 21: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook.
Architect, IDIEM Universidad de Chile
When will the LEED AP ID+C exam be available in spanish?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Gracias por su interés en la obtención de la credencial LEED AP ID+C. Estoy respondiendo en español en consuelo para su examen preferido. Por desgracia, sólo ofrecemos el LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C y LEED AP O+M con la traducción al español. Esperamos que el mercado de la demanda de la LEED AP ID+C y otras credenciales aumentará a requerir su traducción. Voy a compartir su comentario como retroalimentación a mis gerentes y levantaré la idea de volver a examinar la demanda de traducir el LEED AP ID+C en español.
Hi , I am current master student at NYU and have around 4 years of experience working on commercial fit-out (Interior Design and construction) projects. I would like to know what will be the benefits of taking the basic and/or specialty certifications for my future professional career? Also, I would like to know for getting these certifications do I need to have specific experience of working on Green Building Projects?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations on your admission to NYU, and we hope your master's program will prepare you for exciting opportunities in the green building industry. Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder. Please check out the “Which LEED specialty is right for me?” portion here: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. If you need more information about the rating systems, please also consider consulting the following article in addition to the credentialing information: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance. This webpage will list the current prices for exams. The green building industry distinguish their practice in a number of ways, and the benefits of earning a LEED credential will vary widely. LEED credentials allow professionals to demonstrate their mastery of their related specialty. For example, it might be helpful for an urban planner to have the LEED AP Neighborhood Development credential. However, their clients or firms may also be looking for education, professional experience, LEED or other criteria. An excellent point of reference is whether your current or target firm will be certifying any LEED projects soon. In short, it really varies quite widely. Consider how others are using it and how employers are valuing it. Please also consider checking out the experience of seasoned, distinguished LEED professionals: http://www.usgbc.org/people/all/leed-fellow. Or check out job postings for your target company or countries. Searching for "LEED" in one of your target websites may give you an idea of how well a LEED credential may benefit professionals. Also, you are eligible to take the test for any LEED credentials without having project experience. For more information about the current eligibility requirements for LEED credentials, please consult the candidate handbook for the credential(s) of interest to you: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbook. Finally, we have instituted a number of other improvements for our credential holders. To learn more, please read this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/better-credential-experience-here. Good luck!
Mechanical Engineer, GHT Ltd.
Hi I have LEED GA certification and I am preparing for the LEED AP ID+C exam. Is there any exam preparation guide for LEED specialty exam other than LEED ID+C reference guide. Thanks.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you very much for your interest in becoming a LEED AP Interior Design + Construction! I would recommend consulting the test specifications and studying the exam references listed in the LEED AP ID+C candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook. If you would like additional exam preparation materials, please visit Education @USGBC to explore LEED AP with specialty exam preparation or related courses from our Education Partners: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc. At this time, we do not have LEED AP ID+C materials in the catalogue. Alternatively, you may find recommendations for specific preparation programs through your professional network or through social media (e.g., LinkedIn, LEEDUser). Good luck!
Hi , I would like to know if the leed AP ID+C exam can be taken up without attempting a leed Green associate exam.Additionally, I would like to know if any educational qualifications are mandatory for the leed AP exam.Also, I would like some information about how a design team/ company could be considered a leed certified/accredited service.Please share these details at the earliest.We are based in Bangalore , India and would like to take up leed accredition.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you very much for your interest in becoming a LEED AP Interior Design + Construction! There are two paths to the LEED AP ID+C. One path means taking the combined exam, which includes both the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP ID+C exams on the same day. Alternatively, you can take the LEED Green Associate on one day and then you can take the LEED AP ID+C on another day. Passing both exams is required to become a LEED AP ID+C. I would recommend consulting the LEED AP ID+C candidate handbook for more information on the combined exam: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook. If you do not want to take the combined exam, consider starting with the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Design teams distinguish their practice in a number of ways. We do not have LEED certified or accredited services; however, LEED credentials allow professionals to demonstrate their mastery of their related specialty. For example, it might be helpful for an urban planner to have the LEED AP Neighborhood Development credential. However, their clients may also be looking for education, professional experience, LEED project experience or other criteria. In short, it really varies quite widely. Please consider checking out the experience of seasoned, distinguished LEED professionals: http://www.usgbc.org/people/all/leed-fellow. There are a number of exciting developments for green building in India. USGBC and The Energy and Resources Institute are collaborating to bring LEED and GRIHA to the forefront in India. I would encourage you to learn both rating systems to find fluency for your clients in India and abroad. Here is an article announcing developments of the partnership: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teri-and-usgbc-join-forces-promote-high-pe.... Good luck!
thanks for the reply... also please let me know if it is mandatory to be a part of a LEED certified project to qualify for the LEED Green associate or LEED AP examination as a prequalification required.I would like to know if any educational qualifications are mandatory for the leed AP exam
., U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sree. We have removed the requirement to have LEED project experience for all LEED credential exams. Please note that the exam does have questions about project experience. For additional information about test specifications and references, please consult the candidate handbook for the exam you would like to take.
ESD Consultant, Commtech (Asia) Limited
I have been a LEED-AP (BD&C) since v2. I understand that for v4 to get the ID point on a CI project the AP now has to be certified LEED-AP ID&C, true? I assume I can skip the GA step and go direct to the AP exam for ID&C?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your commitment to LEED and for your interest in becoming a LEED AP Interior Design and Construction. Yes, the LEED for Interior Design and Construction Rating System (LEED v4), LEED Accredited Professional credit requires that at least one principal participant of the project team have an active LEED AP Interior Design and Construction credential. Since you already hold a LEED AP with specialty, you may absolutely test for the LEED AP ID+C exam as a stand-alone exam. You do not have to take a combined exam with the LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP ID+C. For more information about the LEED AP ID+C exam, please consult the candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-idc-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
HI...I AM AN ARCHITECT FROM INDIA. I AM 8 YEARS EXPERIENCED. I WANT TO BECOME LEED AP BD+C. WANT TO START FROM SCRATCH AND DONOT WANT TO INVEST ON HARD COPIES OF GUIDES FOR NOW. WANT TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE CONTENTS FIRST THEN TO GO DEEP INTO IT. CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME LINK WHERE I CAN FIND THE STARTING STUDY MATERIAL FOR FREE.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP BD+C credential. We have a number of free resources available through our website. Consider starting your learning and studying of LEED by visiting the following links to the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects). Finally, I would recommend consulting the LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook which lists the specific references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook.
Senior Interior Designer, E2 Experiential Environments
Hi Karin, Thanks for your reply. Is there a way to find out or reach out to ongoing LEED projects outside of USA, specifically in Singapore?Any links or websites where this information is available? I would like to volunteer so that I can have some LEED project experience as recommended by you. Thank you
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Dhara - The LEED Project Directory (available here: http://www.usgbc.org/projects/list) can be filtered for projects by setting the drop-down filters to "City - contains - Singapore." Those projects without a Rating / Certification Date in the upper right-hand corner may still be ongoing and have volunteer opportunities available (although you'll need to the legwork to find out which organizations are involved and if opportunities exist - this information is not public / provided by our website but you might be able to determine through your own research of local media, etc.) Best of luck! MRS
Senior Interior Designer, E2 Experiential Environments
I am a senior interior designer from Singapore. I have completed LEED Green Associate in March 2014 and would now like to go for LEED AP ID+C. I do not have access to any LEED project and am not sure where I can find one in Singapore. Is this a pre- requisite in order for me to take the LEED AP ID+C exam? Or is there any study material that I can access to replace the work experience? I have 9 years of work experience but none working on any LEED projects.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED AP exams no longer have eligibility requirements as a pre-requisite. We still recommend that candidates have this experience , because LEED project experience competency will be assessed within the LEED AP exam though you will not be prevented from registering.
Engineer II - New Technologies, UGI Utilities, Inc.
Good Morning. I am currently studying for the LEED AP ID+C exam. I realize I am required to know the baseline values for various fixtures stated in the reference guide. However, am I also required to have specific values and tables from ASHRAE 90.1 - 2010 memorized as well? Or will this data be provided on the exam? Thanks!
Director, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Myles, Thank you for your question. You are correct.in that you should know base line values for various fixtures. However, any values that are not base line or associated with a table will only be asked if the table is provided as part of the question. Good luck.
Concrete Detailer, Silverline Construction Inc.
I graduated two years ago from CSULB and working as a Junior Interior Designer for a residential firm but very much interested in being LEED AP ID+C Certified but it seems that because I am not working on any registered projects aiming to be LEED certified, it is best for me to go through the LEED Green Associate. Is this correct? Is there something I can do to get the full education on combined core and specialty exam? I am living in Santa Monica Ca and willing to do volunteer work or take classes after work. Please advice. Thank you, Wendy
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Wendy - My colleague Karinn responded several months ago, but I'm not sure it sync'd properly with your question. She wrote: Hi Wendy, It is not required but highly recommended that candidates with little or no project experience start with the mastering the core base of knowledge within the LEED Green Associate before moving on to the LEED AP. I've added some helpful links below that may assist in preparation for both exams. Volunteering is always helpful. You can use the LEED Project directory to locate LEED projects local to your area and contact the those projects directly to discuss their needs. http://www.usgbc.org/projects -The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/list/credentialing-resources. -"Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam) "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-creden...) "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics) 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam (http://www.leeduser.com/topic/10-tips-passing-leed-green-associate-exam) by a third party, LEEDuser -Coursework http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc

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