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Prepare for your LEED AP ID+C Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP ID+C!

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 credential is a thorough understanding of green building, the LEED rating system and the ability to facilitate the certification process.

LEED v4 exam: available from June 30, 2014

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)


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 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 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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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.
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!
U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Myles, Thank you for your question. You are 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.
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!
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. -The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: -"Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam ( by a third party, LEEDuser -Coursework
Junior Interior Designer, Julia Wong Designs
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

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