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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*

9 commentsLeave a comment

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...
Hi, I am interested in LEED ND exam. Please let me know the the prerequisites. I am a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada with experience in community development specially on stormwater/wastewater/watersupply side.
Project Manager, SRACO, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
I have cleared LEED V3 Green Associates exam Jan-2013. Now By Sept 2014, I would like to appear for LEED AP ND. My LEED GA is enough for this exam or i will also appear for LEED GA. I have more then 15 years of experience but i dont have LEED specific experience, so I am eligible to LEED AP ND exam. or I have must the submit proof of project experience to be eligible to appear in sept 2014.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The experience requirement has been removed for all exams. Best wishes in your exam preparations!
Urban and Infrastructure Planner, Washington University in St. Louis
I have cleared LEED V4 Green Associates exam with score of 194. Now By August 2014, I would like to appear for LEED AP ND. Would there be LEED ND V4 available or it would be 2009 version ? When AP exam of LEED ND v4 is expected to start ? Do I need to submit requirement of project experience for AP ND to be eligible for appearing in August 2014 ?
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Saumil, congratulations on becoming a LEED Green Associate! If you take the LEED AP ND exam in August 2014, it will feature LEED 2009 content, and we expect that the LEED v4 AP ND exam will be available in 2015. Also, you will not need to submit proof of project experience to be eligible to appear in August 2014.
green building consultant, Valeen Building Technology Co. Ltd.
Hi,Nora,I have one question,since still use LEED 2009 content for ND AP exam, there is some updates content for LEED ND rating system and LEED v4 ND_07.01.14_tracked, then which one shoul I follow? the old 2009 rg or the updated ND rating system? thanks a lot !
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED ND Exam will still use only the 2009 content until sometime in 2015.
Building Engineering Student, Concordia University
Your new designs are super cool! Shout out to the graphic designer!

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