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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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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?
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.
Environmental Scientist, Mott MacDonald Group
Hello! I am LEED GA and I took LEED v2009 exam May this year. Now I would like to take LEED AP v4. In this case do I need to take full 4 hours exam and redo LEED GA or I can sit only for a second half of the exam to become LEED AP?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You have a current LEED Green Associate credential, so you only need to sit for the LEED AP with Specialty exam in order to achieve the specialty credential. Thanks for your interest in obtaining another LEED credential!
Superintendent, VCC
The Green Associate exam is encompassed in the LEED BD+C exam I'm lined up to take right? Please confirm if the BD+C ref guide has the literature needed for the Green Assoc exam too?
Yes, the LEED Green Associate exam is the first part of the LEED AP exam you registered for. No. the LEED BD+C reference guide only covers information about the LEED BD+C rating system.
Hello! I am starting to study for the LEED BD+C exam and I was wondering: is studying from the bd+c reference guide enough for the test? Or should one also study the LEED green associate book? Or in other words: the LEED bd+c V4 reference guide covers all the contents of the test, right? Thank you!
Hi Juan, if you are already well versed on the content within the LEED Green Associate you can probably just do a brush up on for that exam and study hard for the LEED AP BD+C content. It is hard to say since everyone learns and retains information differently. Please remember the LEED Green Associate exam is the first two hours of the LEED AP exam. I would look at the test specifications located within the LEED V4 candidate handbook to ensure all content areas are covered. (
Thank you!
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