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

References

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*
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Architect, Jordan Green Building Council
Hello =) where can I get LEED-ND study guide please?
Designer/Project Architect
I am already a LEED AP. I want to add the NP Credential. Is there a NP exam? or would I have to re-test for LEED AP again?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in LEED AP with ND Specialty. In order to get the credential of LEED AP with ND Specialty, you need to take the LEED AP ND Specialty exam. After signing in with your account on www.usgbc.org website, please select "Credential" and then "Overview" in the left column of your account page. You will then see the available credential exams for you to select, among which the LEED AP ND Specialty exam is listed. Click the icon, and complete the registration steps. The best luck with your exam!  
Hi, I am planning to take the exam for LEED GA and LEED AP (BD+C) at the same time. Should I required to sit for two separate session OR in a single session? Does Pometric , Dhaka, Bangladesh administer this test??
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Morshed, Thank you for your question. If you plan to take the combination exam you will be taking both exams at one time. You can take them separately by signing up for the LEED Green Associate, passing it, and then signing up for the LEED AP BD+C. There is a testing center in Dhaka. If you would like to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" or "LEED AP BD+C combination" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day.
Hi, I am planning to take the exam for LEED GA and LEED AP (BD+C) at the same time. Should I required to sit for two separate session of in a single session. Does Pometric , Dhaka, Bangladesh administer this test??
Associate Planner, Arlington County, Virginia
Hello, does anyone know where I can find access to LEED AP ND v4 practice exams or questions? I had purchased practice exams through GBES, but unfortunately they have either not been updated since 2009 or are inaccurate. Many of the questions do not relate to the v4 rating system. I'm having a difficult time preparing without practice questions. Thanks for any help!
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning LEED AP ND credential! We currently do not have any practice exams on our website for the LEED AP ND exam. Please keep checking back as more resources will be developed by our Education Partners, which can be found at: http://cn.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study.
MANAGER OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, TOWN OF HIGH RIVER
Can I take only LEED AP exam without specific speciality?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Khalid, we no longer offer the option to take a LEED AP exam without specialty. The LEED Green Associate Exam is the exam that now gives a general overview of green building principles and an introduction to the LEED rating system. A specialty allows you to advance that knowledge of a LEED rating system. Please see this link if you need assistance determining which specialty is right for you : http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap.
student, Penn State University
What am I supposed to study for the exam if there's no official study guide of LEED ND V4? The handbook is only 25 pages im sure that's not enough for exam preparation. So, are the $219 reference guide and the $400 exam prep thing the only solutions for this problem?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP ND credential. The references used to develop the LEED AP ND exam are the best sources to study for the LEED AP ND exam and are listed in the LEED ND candidate handbook. Currently the LEED ND Reference Guide is the best source: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-neighborhood-develop.... We wish you the best of luck on your exam.
Architect, Urban Planner, Yasser Hejazy Consulting Engineers
I'm considering taking the LEED AP ND test but I'm having a problem with how to study it!. The reference guide seems to be not the best way to prepare for the test! it's too much to study! What is the best way to do it? Also, since I'm a LEED AP BD+C do I still have to do the LEED AP ND to get both credentials? and how I'm going to maintain the continuing education hours for both?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP ND credential. For a full list of references used to develop the LEED AP ND exam please download the LEED AP ND Candidate Handbook : http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-nd-candidate-handbook. Page 20 and 21 list the references used. Currently the LEED ND Reference Guide is the best source to study for the exam: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-neighborhood-develop.... Since you already hold a LEED AP BD + C credential you would only need to sit for the LEED AP ND specialty exam. Not the combined exam with the LEED Green Associate. Once you earn an additional credential you will have 30 general CEU hours to complete and 6 LEED Specific hours for each specialty. Your CMP periods will coincide so that you don't have to keep track of multiple CMP periods. I hope that helps!
Planner III, City of Fort Lauderdale
Can a LEED ND exam course be made available soon? It would be great to learn more in person.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for the request Lorraine. We expect Partners to have LEED ND exam prep ready by the end of the year. Thanks!
Organic Specialist, Arizona State University
Dawn, would love to know once the ND exam prep course is made available. Would it be announced through USGBC website by the end this year? Very interested. Thanks.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kan, To stay up-to-date with announcements, check the subscription area of your user account at USGBC.org. (http://www.usgbc.org/account/subscriptions) Here you can select what you will receive updates about, including LEED Professional Credentials and Education. Thanks for your interest!
Lead Landscape Architect, Parsons
I'm accredited LEED Green Associate and want to upgrade to LEED AP ND; do I need to attend training course?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You do not need to attend a training course to sit for the LEED AP ND exam. At a minimum we suggest you purchase and study the LEED v4 ND Reference Guide available here : http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-neighborhood-develop.... For a full list of references used to develop the LEED AP ND exam please download the LEED AP ND Candidate Handbook : http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-nd-candidate-handbook.
Associate Landscape Architect (Atelier Dreiseitl), Ramboll Group
Hi - I have the LEED AP BD+C title and would like to upgrade to ND as my focus is more in the Urban Design / Planning area. Do I still have to take the Green Associate test or just the ND part? Is there a link to maybe where this question may have already been answered? Thanks - Jeremy.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Candidates who have already passed the LEED Green Associate Exam can register for the specialty only portion of the exam, and do not need to sit for the entire composite exam. Typing your question in our main page search bar will often give you Help page resources where answers can be found. In this case I'm glad you posed the question here!
Master Planner, PARSONS
How many hours of study are recommended to pass the LEED AP-ND exam?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Lucas, A recommendation for the number of study hours required would be difficult as each candidate possesses a unique level of knowledge and experience. I can recommend starting with the resources listed above for the LEED ND section and refer to this article and associated comments to prepare for the LEED Green Associate section of the exam: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam Good luck!
Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.
In the Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development 2009, there is a complete section about Certification Application includes the stages of certification, under Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development V4,this section has been omitted. Where we can find the updated certification stages for LEED ND and this would be out of exam knowledge domains ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Haytham, This is covered on page 7 of the LEED Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development LEED v4.
AECOM
There's LEED ND every month this year? How can I please know the dates?
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
LIke all LEED AP exam, LEED-ND exams are taken at Prometric testing centers and can be scheduled for any time at your convenience through Prometric. The first step is to register for the exam at usgbc.org/credentials. You will then be directed to Prometric's site for scheduling. Learn more here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-prometric-have-do-my-leed-profes...
Landscape Architect, SmithGroupJJR
The candidate handbook link is broken...could this be due to the transition to v4?
Digital Marketing Manager, 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.
Digital Marketing Manager, 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?
Digital Marketing Manager, 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!
Green Building 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!
General Manager, InnoFusion Environmental Management Co., Ltd.
Hi, I had pass GA and ready for taking LEED ND in later March. I would like to make sure the exam will based on ND 2009 or V4. Elizabeth's comment indicated V4 will be used after February 2015 whille Karinn's comment indicated ND 2009 will be used until June 2015. So am I taking the test based on ND 2009 still in March or April? Thank you for your clarification.
., U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED AP ND exam covers LEED v4 content. This has been the case since February 25, 2015. Good luck!
Managing Director, JDR - Joint Development & Research Co. Ltd
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?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you again for your interest in the LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) exam. The LEED AP ND exam references include the 3rd Edition of the Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. For a full list of references for the LEED AP ND exam, please download the candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-nd-candidate-handbook. 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.
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.
Director, Central Pennsylvania, 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
LEED AP Neighborhood Development & Design, Senior Certified Sustainbility Professional, Certified Project Manager, GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting, 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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