Prepare for your LEED AP ND Exam
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.
- LEED Neighborhood Development Reference Guide. v4 Edition. U.S. Green Building Council, 2013. Print and Digital Versions Available.
- "Green building incentive strategies." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- Guide to LEED Certification: Commercial. U.S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- Foundations of LEED. U.S. Green Building Council, 2009. Web.
- LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development Checklist. U.S. Green Building Council. U.S. Green Building Council, 2013. Web.
- "LEED Addenda (Corrections + Interpretations)." U. S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- "LEED Online: Register a project." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- "LEED Certification Fees." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- "Rating System Selection Guidance." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014. Web.
- "Addenda Database." U.S. Green Building Council. Web.
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.
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*.
- 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
- 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*