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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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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: 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:
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: If you need more information about the rating systems, please also consider consulting the following article in addition to the credentialing information: 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: 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: Finally, we have instituted a number of other improvements for our credential holders. To learn more, please read this article: Good luck!
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!
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