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Prepare for your LEED AP ND Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP ND!

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 with Specialty 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 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. Which agencies should be consulted to determine if imperiled species exist within the project's boundaries? (Choose two.)
    A. Audubon Society
    B. Department of Ecology
    C. Natural Heritage Program*
    D. State Fish and Wildlife Agency*
    E. Environmental Protection Agency

  2. A project team has decided to reduce the development footprint of its design by clustering development, using predominantly multi-story buildings, and providing underground parking facilities in place of surface parking. Bicycle parking and shower facilities will be provided to encourage use of alternative forms of transportation and 10% of total parking spaces will be reserved for carpool parking. Based on this information what credit will the project most likely achieve?
    A. Green Infrastructure and Buildings Credit, Heat Island Reduction
    B. Smart Location and Linkage Credit, Bicycle Network and Storage
    C. Green Infrastructure and Buildings Credit, Stormwater Management
    D. Neighborhood Pattern and Design Credit, Reduced Parking Footprint*
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Research/Planning Specialist, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
I cannot open the link Specifications for the LEED AP ND Exam (located in the candidate handbook) on this page. Please fix. Thanks
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
We apologize for the delay in our response. Thank you for bringing the broken link to our attention. It has now been fixed.. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Land Use Planner, City of Thunder Bay
What USGBC or GBCI webinars or online course are available in advance of sitting the AP-ND exam this calendar year? I have the reference materials and the sample questions that come with them (Study guide, ND Reference Manual). Thank you.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP ND exam! You can find course material related to the exam through Education@USGBC. http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc On the left panel you can easily filter by exam to explore your options. Good luck!
Consultant II, Jacobs
Will the v4 candidate handbook be available in the near term?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
The LEED V4 handbook are available now. You can find them here http://www.usgbc.org/resources/list/credentialing-resources. Please let us know if you have any further questions, we are glad to help.
Executive Director, USGBC-Central PA ChapterGreen Building A
Hello so I have seen Elizabeth's comments that the 2009 content is what individuals will be tested on until 'sometime in 2015'. However this page says "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." So are people tested on ND 2009 content until June 15 2015?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
You are correct. As of now the content for the LEED ND exam will remain the same until June 15, 2015. The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C and LEED AP O+M are already up to date for 2014 and will not be updated again until June 1, 2015
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
You are correct. As of now the content for the LEED ND exam will remain the same until June 15, 2015. The LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C and LEED AP O+M are already up to date for 2014 and will not be updated again until June 1, 2015
Sustainability Consultant, Project Mnager, Cx, GRI G4 Certified, LEED, eoecodesigns
What addenda need to be studied for the LEED AP ND exam? Also, how many questions will be on the exam and what is the required passing grade? The LEED GA exam only allowed an individual to miss 15 correct answers which calculates to 85%...very high standards...
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