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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 February 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.

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 (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*

30 commentsLeave a comment

There's LEED ND every month this year? How can I please know the dates?
The candidate handbook link is broken...could this be due to the transition to v4?
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Andrew, thank you for bringing this to our attention. The link has been updated.
Planner, Design Workshop, Inc.
Is there a Chinese version of reference guide V4 and the exam? Thanks.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Hongtao, there are currently Chinese translation aids available for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED AP BD+C exam and LEED AP O+M exam. Learn more.
Where do I find information on LEED exam dates and locations?
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Joe, after you register for your exam you will be redirected to Prometric's website, to find a testing center and schedule your appointment. Learn more.
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!
Managing Director, JDR ApS Denmark
Hi, Elizabeth. Im taking LEED ND full exam(GA + AP combined) at the beginning of February. Could you kindly indicate wether the GA part is based on "Core Concept" 2nd Edition, or the 3rd Edition?
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