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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.

LEED v4 exam: available in early 2015

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.

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 (30%)
  • LEED Certification Process (30%)
  • Analysis Required for LEED Credits (30%)
  • Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating Systems (10%)

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 (13 Questions)
  • Smart Location & Linkage (21 Questions)
  • Neighborhood Pattern & Design (23 Questions)
  • Green Infrastructure & Buildings (21 Questions)
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (7 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 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*

22 commentsLeave a comment

Urban Designer, PERKINS+WILL
Hi, just want to make sure if I take the exam in March or April 2015, I'll be exam the contend of ND v3? Thank you!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) exam. If you would like to test based on LEED version 2009 content, please schedule your exam for on or before February 10, 2015. The LEED ND exam based on version 4 content will be offered beginning on February 25, 2015. Between February 11 - 24, 2015, the exam will not be available for testing. Best wishes on your exam!
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
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.
Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP ND exam! You can find course material related to the exam through Education@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?
The LEED V4 handbook are available now. You can find them here 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?
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
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