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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! 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)


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 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?
Mechanical Project Engineer, Metropolitan Engineering Inc.
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: 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: 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: If you do not want to take the combined exam, consider starting with the LEED 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: 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: 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: Good luck!
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