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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*

16 commentsLeave a comment

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.
Consultant II, Jacobs
Will the v4 candidate handbook be available in the near term?
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?
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
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...
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED Addenda are incorporated into the exam on an annual basis. The LEED AP composite exam (LEED Green Associate + LEED ND) is comprised of two parts, each part contains 100 randomly delivered multiple choice questions. The LEED ND Candidate Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-2009-ap-nd-candidate-handbook) provides more information about the reference materials and exam format. Information on the required number of correct responses is not available.
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.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
No professional experience is required to take any of the LEED exams at this time.
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.
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