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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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Civil Engineer, ZAD Company
Hello i just purchased leed bd+c from gbri online via usgbc. can you please tell me how to view the material. i got a payment receipt also, but i dont know where the material is. pls help
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Mohammed, you should first log into your USGBC account. Then you should be able to go directly to the Exam Prep page ( and click the play button over the screenshot of the main presentation. It will then redirect you to view all 8 modules and 2 intro courses in the package. Click on whichever course you prefer to start with and it will launch. If you still have issues please let us know. Thanks!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
For those interested in the LEED AP O+M exam, Green Building Services has just released a LEED AP O+M exam prep course: that may be of interest. You can view it online on our website. Best of luck!
Designer, Kohan
Hi Maya, I have a Guide to the Leed Green Associate V3, and I want to participate in V4 exam. Do you there is a lot that has changed in the two version? Or would I be able to pass the exam if I read the old version?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! Knowing more about the changes in LEED v4 may help you decide whether to purchase updated materials. The reference materials for the LEED Green Associate exam have all been updated with LEED v4 content. Please see the list of references here: I would also recommend starting with these three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4:
Hi Maryam, I haven't had a chance to look at V3 edition so I will not be able to advise on this
H,i nora. What is the difference between GA V3 and GA V4.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. A LEED Green Associate credential is not distinguished by the current version of the rating system. Regardless of when a candidate earn the credential, we expect them to be knowledgeable of current LEED for the test or through continuing education. This applies to the LEED APs with specialty as well. Hope that helps!
Hi, Megan Gonzales i want to purchase leed green associates v4 study material . please guide me can i purchase material by green building education services ( by this website. please help me
Marketing Engineer, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Anas, as a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers leed green associates v4 study material 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 " BONUSGA" Pay just $89.00 for Green Associate Exam Prep. Check out
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