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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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Nora Knox

Marketing & Communications Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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Architectural Designer, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Hi Nora, Whant's the difference of "Reference Guide" and the "Study Material"? I'm thinking to take the AP BD+C test this summer but do you think I have to wait until the study material is ready or can prepare it just with the Reference Guide book?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jungsoo, In addition to the reference guide, I would encourage you to review the references identified in this article (these are also outlined in the candidate handbook). If you prepare with these references, it is not necessary to wait to prepare until the study materials are released.
Hi Nora, The reference guide is very extensive to study for the LEED AP exam. The study guide for 2009 was precise. I looked at the study tips section which has only reference guide as currently available study material. Do you suggest waiting till the study material is out or do you have any guidance on what material to filter from reference guide to study.
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Anshul, I encourage you to download the candidate handbook for your exam of interest. Then review the test specifications to help prepare for the exam. Good luck!
Hi Nora, If I purchase the V4 BD+C Reference Guide hard copy will I get the pdf as well or is it a separate purchase?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Carol, the pdf is a separate purchase.
LEED AP, Designer, co-owner, Emu Architects
FYI - the Homes Reference Guide photos links to LEED v4 AP O+M Candidate Handbook!
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mariana, thanks for bringing this to my attention. The link has been updated.
Is there a specific date when the study guide for v4 green associate will be released? And will it be released by USGBC similar to the 2009 version?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Edith, we do not have a specific date available for when the study materials will be released. Also, they will be released by Education Parters (not USGBC), so we do not yet know if they will be similar to the 2009 versions.
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