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Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam

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LEED v4 is here, and beginning in June 2014 LEED professional exams will evolve to reflect the the LEED v4 rating system. 

Here's a quick refresh on how this will play out for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M exams (exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015):

  • Last day to take a LEED 2009 exam: June 15, 2014
  • First day to take a  LEED v4 exam: June 30, 2014
  • No tests will be administered from June 16-29, 2014

We know you want to be well-prepared for your exam so you pass on your first try — and we want you to be well-prepared too!

Here are some study tips to help you prepare.

  • Test specs and sample questions: Check out the test specs and sample questions in the LEED v4 candidate handbooks. Click the images below to access each handbook.

LEED AP Homes and LEED AP ND candidate handbooks coming soon.

  • LEED Core Concepts Guide and Reference Guides: These LEED v4 guides provide a comprehensive overview of how to navigate a LEED project from registration through certification. Click the images below to access each guide.

LEED AP ND reference guide coming soon.

  • LEED v4 exam prep: Coming fall 2014. USGBC is supporting Education Partners to make sure they have the resources, knowledge, and skills to produce best-in-class education. This fall, Education Partners will release LEED v4 study materials.
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Digital Marketing Manager U.S. Green Building Council

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Architect, Self employed
I have two weeks left for my LEED green associate exam. Where can one find 'only' sample tests for practice?
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Shivani, not sure if I had already posted a reply for you. Pardon me if I did. Here is a link to LEED GA Mock Exams. Good Luck! I am sure you will do good!
Architect, al wasl al jadeed architects
I have taken my LEED Green Associate Exams on february last year which was based on the LEED V3 and am planning to take LEED AP (based on the latest V4 Version) exams soon. how much is the new system different from the earlier system and how much preparation should i do for the AP ( i dont have any LEED experience as such) . Can you recommend me any books that i can purchase from USGBC which will be beneficial for me...
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Ijaz, Congratulations on your LEED GA Credential! The requirement to submit proof of project experience no longer applies but LEED project experience competency is assessed within the exam. if you are looking for an Exam Prep that addresses LEED Project Experience as well - here is one - created by USGBC Education Partner GBRI -
Hi, I am currently looking for comprehensive study material for ID+C v4 exam. I've only seen links posted here for BD+C. I was also curious where the link provided for the BD+C ( a comprehensive study for the exam or will I have to find additional resources else where? Thanks.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Interior Design and Construction credential. In lieu of a study guide, we have a number of resources available through our website. I would recommend taking the following steps: 1. Study and learn from the list of references here: 2. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article: 3. Visit the credit library ( and check out many examples of projects ( 4. Check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 5. Review some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 6. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: Good luck!
Architectural Designer, Ennead Architects LLP
Hello, Will you be offering a Study Guide for purchase for LEED AP BD+C V4, similar to the 2009 publication, any time soon?
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
Planner, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
what date in 2015 date the leed nd exam begin to use v4 material? My local library has the v3 reference guide, and if possible, i'd like to use that instead of buy new books. I just need to know when in 2015 is the cut off date.
We are still in the development phase for the LEED AP ND exam. We don't have a firm date yet. It will probably be around the summer, but I cannot say definitively unfortunately. We will be sure to provide more detailed information as we have it.
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