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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP O+M! The key to earning a LEED AP 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 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 (24%)
  • LEED Certification Process (28%)
  • Analyses Required for LEED Credits (37%)
  • Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (11%)

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 (12 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (5 questions)
  • Sustainable Sites (9 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (13 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (21 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (10 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (15 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 in the process of creating items for the new LEED Green Associate exam. The items are provided for your convenience to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.

  1. A project team wants to educate the facility manager on the installed building systems to improve indoor air quality. They want the facility manager to maintain the systems so that they will continue to function as intended. Which of the following should be provided to the facility manager?
    A. Vendor invoices for mechanical equipment
    B. Preventive maintenance plan for the building*
    C. As-built drawings and copies of material submittals
    D. A copy of the credit documentation for the credits that were approved through LEED Certification

  2. The design team and project owner decided not to pursue EA Credit, Enhanced Commissioning, but would hire a Commissioning Authority (CxA) to oversee the requirements for EA Prerequisite, Fundamental Commissioning andVerification. What is a required responsibility for the CxA to achieve the stated objective?
    A. Verify that training requirements are completed
    B. Develop system manual for commissioned systems
    C. Review contractor submittals for the commissioned system
    D. Verify installation and performance of commissioned systems*
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Student , The Catholic University of America
Do you have a practice test for LEED AP:O&M developed by USGBC, similar to the one for LEED GA? Thanks in advance
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Mousa, As a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers LEED Exam Prep training. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide comes with more than 600+ practice questions, simulated mock exams, flash cards and everything you require to secure your LEED credentials. To access our splendid LEED Exam Prep, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio.... GBRI’s also offers Semi-Annual Sale, This week only, you can save up to 50% on our LEED Exam Prep packages & training! https://www.gbrionline.org/semi-annual-sale-2016-2/?ref=nan
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Mousa, thank you for your question. USGBC has not developed a practice test for the LEED AP O+M exam. We do, however, offer several online resources from USGBC Education Partners to help you prepare for the O+M exam - LEED AP O+M v4 Exam Prep (On-demand) from Everblue (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-om-v4-exam-prep-demand-5...); LEED v4 O+M Exam Preparation from Green Building Services (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640); and All-Inclusive LEED v4 O+M Exam Prep from Green Building Research Institute (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/allinclusive-leed-v4-om-exam-pre...). Many education partners include supplementary study materials, such as mock exams, practice questions, and study materials, as part of their exam preparation classes. Also, please visit our LEED exam prep page (http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) for new and helpful tools as they become available.
Facility Manager, Raleigh Convention Center
When or will there be a study guide for LEED AP O+M v4 like the one for BD+C
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Timothy, There are currently no plans for the development of a study guide. We do, however, offer 2 online resources from USGBC Education Partners to help you prepare for the O+M exam: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-om-v4-exam-prep-demand-5... LEED AP O+M v4 Exam Prep (On-demand) from Everblue http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640 LEED v4 O+M Exam Preparation from GBC Education @USGBC also has one additional online, on-demand course forthcoming for LEED AP O+M, and this particular partner is very good about providing supplementary study materials (such as flashcards). Please check out our LEED exam prep page (http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) for new and helpful tools as they become available.
Facility Manager, Raleigh Convention Center
I am looking to take the LEED AP O+M Exam in the coming months and wanted to know if you could suggest a study guide. I recently purchased the On-Demand portal from GBRI for the LEED GA and found it helpful in passing the test.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Timothy, I am glad you found our material helpful. You can also try GBRI for your LEED O+M Exam preparation. Our exam prep packages are all-inclusive so you would be given all of the information needed to pass your LEED exam. Also Our LEED v4 Exam Prep now available with MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Our material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Timothy, Thank you for your interest in LEED O+M Professional credential. There is no LEED O+M v4 study guide available at this time, but the references listed in the LEED AP O+M candidate handbook ( http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640) are very helpful for your exam. And a LEED AP O+M exam prep course released by Green Building Services is available at: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640. Moreover, LEED AP O+M Exam is available for purchase at: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-ap-om-exam.
Facility Manager, Raleigh Convention Center
Is the material printable
Facility Manager, Raleigh Convention Center
I am looking to take the LEED AP O+M exam in the coming months and wanted to see what study material you would suggest.
Environmental Engineer, Indochine Engineering Vietnam Ltd
Hi, I already had LEED AP BD+C, and wish to take AP O+M, do I have to take GA exam again for the next AP O+M specialty?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest to take LEED credential with another specialty. Since you are holding LEED AP BD+C credential, you don't need to take Green Associate exam again prior to your O+M exam. Wish you a successful one!
President, Crispulo Clean
hi Do I need to take first GA test? or can I take AP? and how often test is given?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Manuel, The LEED Green Associate credential is the first step for all candidates looking to earn a LEED credential. The Green Associate Exam is the 1st tier exam for LEED v4. After passing the LEED GA exam, you may choose to take the LEED AP exam. You can also take them as a combined option. For LEED GA & LEED AP Exam preparation, I'd like to suggest you USGBC Education Partner - GBRI. Our All-Inclusive LEED AP Exam Prep package will include LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flashcards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams. We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $129.00 - Use coupon code "apaug" to avail this amazing offer! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Manuel, Thanks for your question! You have 2 options. You can either schedule and take the LEED Green Associate exam first and then later schedule and take the Specialty exam or you can take them as a combined option. Please check out USGBC's information on credentials. http://www.usgbc.org/credentials Thanks again!
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Green Building Research Institute’s incredible Offer: Pay just $ 129.00/- for LEED AP O+M Exam Prep, which will include LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flashcards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams. Use coupon code "apaug" to avail this amazing offer! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Project Manager, The Energy Coalition
Does the online course provide access to the LEED O + M v4 Reference Guide ?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Rebecca, Yes this course provides access to the LEED O + M v4 Study Guide along with Practice exams, LIVE & Online on-demand access, Reference materials, Flash Cards, MP3 Audio Files and much more.
Sustainability Manager, Inpro Corporation
When will the LEED O+M v4 study guide be available for purchase?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Unfortunately, there is no release date for a LEED O + M v4 Study Guide. At this time your best study material is the LEED O + M v4 Reference Guide (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-operations-...).
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Green Building Services has just released a LEED AP O+M exam prep course: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640! Best of luck!
Sustainability Manager, Inpro Corporation
Thank you Elizabeth!
Is there a study guide available for the AP O+M?
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Russ, as a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI has launched an All -inclusive LEED O+M Exam Prep Program that comes with self paced modules, study notes, practice tests, Mocks exams, flash cards, etc. You may attend the exam prep either live online, on-demand or in-person. www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED O+M exam. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a LEED O+M v4 study guide available for purchase. In the meantime, it may be helpful to consult the LEED AP O+M candidate handbook which lists the specific references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-om-candidate-handbook.
MEM Candidate at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
When is the anticipated release date for the official guidebook?
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Ariel, I am just copying my comment from above in case you don't get notified. GBRI has launched an All -inclusive LEED O+M Exam Prep Program that comes with self paced modules, study notes, practice tests, Mocks exams, flash cards, etc. You may attend the exam prep either live online, on-demand or in-person. www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Green Building Services has just released a LEED AP O+M exam prep course: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640! Best of luck!
Facility and Operations Manager, UUSC
Is the study guide for the AP O+M exam ready yet? If not, do you have an estimate of when it will be?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Green Building Services has just released a LEED AP O+M exam prep course: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640 that may be of interest. You can view it online on our website. Best of luck!
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Here is another O+M Exam prep from USGBC Education partner GBRI. It comes with project experience portion that would be tested on the LEED v4 exam (LEED Project experience is not a requirement anymore for exam eligibility but per GBCI Candidate handbook, project experience competency will be tested on your exam). The exam prep also include FREE access to LEED Green Associate Materials - https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
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Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP O+M credential. In lieu of a study guide, we have a number of resources available through our website. Consider starting your learning and studying of LEED by visiting the following free resources, including the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and many examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects). Finally, I would recommend consulting the LEED AP O+M candidate handbook which lists the specific references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-om-candidate-handbook.
Chief Engineer
Hi there, I just passed my Leed Associate exam a few weeks back. I took it before the June 15th deadline. Now i want to take the O+M exam and was wondering about the questions On the new Leed v4 O+M. Will the 100 questions be about Leed v4 O+M only or will it contain questions from the Newer version of Leed v4 associate test. What should i expect ?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Please see the Candidate Handbook for the O+M exam, under the Exam Specifications heading (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-om-candidate-handbook) for information regarding the exam content.
Green Building Specialist, Go4Energy
Hi there, I am preparing for the AP O+M exam and was trying to schedule the exam. Two years ago I've passed the Green Associate exam, That time I had to use the gbci.com resource to register for an exam and prepare proper documentation that I'm eligible to take the exam. Now, I'm trying to register for the AP speciality exam only. My question is, do I have to pay for the exam prior to checking if I'm able to take the exam? Or Green Associate do not have to demonstrate experience and knowledge? One more thing, we get the 'eligibility ID' right after payment, to schedule the exam? I couldn't find those info in candidate handbook. I will appreciate answer. Thank you.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The experience requirement has been removed, so everyone is eligible for the exams. The Eligibility ID will be provided at the end of your exam sign-up process on USGBC.org. You can then use this ID to schedule your exam with Prometric.
Ayers/Saint/Gross
Hi there, I see the candidate handbook uploaded but I'm wondering if the O & M study guide is available; I know I had a USGBC study guide for the BD+C 2009 exam and I'm looking for the equivalent resource for EBOM v4.
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Here is another O+M Exam prep from USGBC Education partner GBRI. It comes with project experience portion that would be tested on the LEED v4 exam (LEED Project experience is not a requirement anymore for exam eligibility but per GBCI Candidate handbook, project experience competency will be tested on your exam). The exam prep also include FREE access to LEED Green Associate Materials - https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Green Building Services has just released a LEED AP O+M exam prep course: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-om-exam-preparation-7989640 that may be of interest.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Allison - the study guide is not yet available, but is expected to be available in the fall. For more information on what is currently available, please see the study tips article, available here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam
Ayers/Saint/Gross
Hi there, I see the candidate handbook uploaded but I'm wondering if the O & M study guide is available; I know I had a USGBC study guide for the BD+C 2009 exam and I'm looking for the equivalent resource for EBOM v4.
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Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP O+M exam preparation course or materials. Everblue- an USGBC Education Partner- has developed the following exam preparation couse for the LEED AP O+M exam: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-om-v4-exam-prep-demand-5.... For other courses, please search Education @USGBC for other course options here: www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc. Consider also signing up for an Education @USGBC subscription for access to more courses options for one fee. Exam preparation is sold separately. You can search the catalogue before purchasing the subscription to make sure it is right for you. Finally, always be sure to consult the candidate handbook for any exam you wish to take. The references listed there were used to write the exam questions. Good luck!
Facilities Project Manager , National Cancer Institute
Nora, what version of LEED (AP) is being offered for candidates at this time?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Achibold, the LEED AP BD+C, ID+C and O+M exams now feature v4 content. Learn more.
Facilities Project Manager , National Cancer Institute
Awesome, thank you
Facilities Engineer, ColdTec
I have not had experience working in a building or project registered in GBCI,I want to see am i eligible to register for LEED O+M Exam?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mostafa, proof of project experience is not a requirement to register for the LEED AP O+M exam. However, LEED project experience competency is assessed within the exam.
Facility and Operations Manager, UUSC
Can you please tell me a little more about taking the exam itself. For instance, is it a moderated exam? Are reference materials allowed? Are all questions multiple choice? And one of the reference links above is about certification fees; it isn't intended that people memorize values/rates/etc from the charts is it? thank you.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ethan, the Candidate Handbook is a great resource to find answers for your questions. In the meantime, here are some answers: 1) The exam is on a computer, so it's not moderated. 2) Reference materials are not allowed. 3) All all questions are multiple choice. 4) You should be familiar with the certification fees. Good luck!
Sr. Marketing Manager, Veritiv
The first 2 links go to the BD+C candidate handbook, not the O+M handbook.
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