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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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Designer, Stantec
Hi, I am planning to take my LEED GA exam. What are the study material would you guys recommend and where can I find it? Thanks a lot in advance!
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sukanya, thank you for your interest in taking the LEED Green Associate exam. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. Please start with this article (http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156), as it provides excellent guidance for preparing for your LEED Green Associate credential. As the article states, a great place to start is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook). The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle hyperlink in article above - it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Sukanya, Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. I'd like to inform you 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 LEED GA Exam Prep, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio..... Please be sure to use the coupon code "GBRI30" for 30% off of your purchase when you register for your exam prep. Also Our LEED v4 Exam Prep now available with MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. You can also checkout our FREE Course (Namaste LEED: Sustainability, Green Buildings and LEED) https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/namaste-leed-sustainability-green-bui..... This course is ideal for building professionals and students seeking to learn the fundamentals of sustainability and how these principles can be applied to the built environment. If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org.
Architect, Al Handasah Centre
Hello everyone. I just passed my GA exam and planning to start AP (BD+C). What are the materials required to pass AP exam and where can I find it?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Rasha, Congrats for passing your LEED Green AssociateExam. I would like to recommend you GBRI for your LEED AP BD+C Exam preparation. Our exam prep packages are 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, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rasha, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Building Design and Construction credential. I would recommend you consult and study all of the resources listed in the LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED AP BD + C exam. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps the best resource is the LEED Building Deign + Construction Reference Guide available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You may also find the LEED Exam Prep courses for LEED AP BD+C offered by our Education Partners very beneficial: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. I hope this helps, and best of luck on your exam!
Jr Environmental Engineer, MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Helllo! Im planning to present the LEED GA and the LEED AP exam, I would like to know how many questions have each exam and the combined exam? Thank you!
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Each LEED AP with Specialty exam is comprised of two parts, the LEED® Green Associate™ exam and the LEED AP with specialty exam. Each part contains 100 randomly delivered multiple choice questions, for a total of 200. See the Candidate Handbooks for more info (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook).
Draftsperson, Design Partners Incorporated
Hello, Im planning to take the LEED for Homes exam this year before June. I tried to find study materials here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-ap-homes-exam Although, the material dates are older (2008, 2009). Will this information be valid for this year's exam?? Thanks!
LEED Specialist, East Tennessee Chapter of the USGBC
Thank you for your interest in the LEED AP for Homes v4 exam. A good place to identify the most up-to-date resources is the LEED AP for Homes Candidate Handbook v4 (April 2015): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-homes-candidate-handbook. In the references section of the handbook you will find these important resources listed: LEED for Homes v4 Reference Guide - http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-homes-design-and-con... LEED for Homes design and construction checklist - http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-homes-design-and-construction-che... LEED v4 Rating System Selection Guidance - http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rating-system-selection-guidance. Best wishes on your exam!
Draftsperson, Design Partners Incorporated
Hi Lisa, Is this a trusted resource for my exam prep? http://www.gbes.com/store/products/leed-ap-homes-practice-tests.html Thank you, Randolph
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Randolph, We are glad to work with GBES as a USGBC Education Partner, and USGBC offers and endorses the content from this partner found within the Education @USGBC subscription. We encourage you to try any additional products from our partners, and please let us know if you would like to see this content added to Education @USGBC! We aim to be your one-stop shop for green building education.
Draftsperson, Design Partners Incorporated
Thank you very much!!
The LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook represents current policies and procedures for a LEED v4 BD+C professional credentialing exam. Includes test specifications. http://www.testbells.com/210-260.html
Architect, TRAKA PTE LTD
best practice tests for LEED BD+C? Any free/sample tests?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shivani, you can also access practice exams for the LEED AP BD+C here: http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-ap-bdc-v4-exam-prep/practic...
Architect, TRAKA PTE LTD
Hi! Not being able to access the practice exam? There seem to be two of them but not accessing when I am clicking on the link
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shivani, Can you try opening it up in a different browser? Is your Adobe up to date?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Shivani, For LEED BD+C Exam Preparation, I'd like to suggest you GBRI. GBRI’s extensive Exam Prep Program gives you everything you need to successfully complete the LEED AP BD+C exam. It offers LEED AP study guides, LIVE / On-Demand Webinars, 600+ practice questions, flashcards, memory charts, MP3 audio files, supplementary reference materials and mock exams all in one place For more information, please visit: https://www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation/?ref=nan
Architect, TRAKA PTE LTD
Possible for me to buy only practise exams?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
A couple of USGBC Education Partners do offer practice exams for purchase. You can search them through this link http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. I hope this helps and good luck on your exam!
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Shivani, You might be interested in our LEED v4 Mock Exams program. In this program you will get 2 Completely Different Mock Exams included 200 Practice Test Questions and Simulated Exams just like the real GBCI exams. Here's the link: https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-v4-mock-exams/?ref=nan Thanks, Nandini
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 (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/all-inclusive-leed-v4-bdc-exam-p...) 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!
Green Building 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: 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!
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: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. I would also recommend starting with these three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4. 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide. 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education.
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 (http://www.gbes.com/store/products/SGLEEDGAv4.html) by this website. please help me
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , 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 https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Hi Nadnini, I ahve with me the Exam prep guide and core concept books. Will the material from this suffice or do I still need ned to download the study material from the webpage suggested by you? Thank you
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Maya, I am not sure about the ability of exam prep guide that you already have with you. If you think that that material is enough then you can take our practice test, otherwise you can go for the study material offered by GBRI.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED Green Associate credential. We recommend that LEED Green Associate candidates ensure their study plan covers the test specifications and references outlined in the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. If you opt to purchase any additional exam preparation materials, consider comparing topics covered to what is listed in the candidate handbook. Hope that helps!
Senior Mechanical Engineer, SSH International
I have recently passed LEED Green Associate Exam. I am planning to prepare for LEED AP BD+C. Is there any exam preparation study bundle only for LEED AP BD+C, as was there for LEED Green Associate exam preparation. Regards.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Mir, Congrats for passing the LEED GA Exam. For LEED AP BD+M study material, I'd like to recommend USGBC EDucation Partner -GBRI for LEED Exam Prep. Use coupon code "apaug" Pay just $ 129.00/- for LEED AP BD+C 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. https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations! Exam prep resources are available here.
Hi, I am an architect and interested in taking up LEED. I am not sure where to start. Which one should I be taking LEEP Associate or LEED AP? Also, which is the reliable source to buy the material? There seem to be way too many sources out there!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. Most people who are looking to demonstrate proficiency in LEED start with the LEED Green Associate credential and then other opt to earn another credential based on their professional expertise (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam). You can elect to take the LEED Green Associates exam separate from a LEED AP specialty exam or combined. Please note that there are a number of USGBC Education Partners who offer exam preparation materials. You might look at some of the courses offered by USGBC Education Partners here: http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/all/education-partner. These partners have developed courses in collaboration with the USGBC using our intellectual data. Everblue and GBES are two examples of USGBC Education Partners with LEED Exam Prep course offerings. For your study assistance the primary references used to write the LEED Green Associates exam are listed here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. In addition we offer a LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide and LEED Core Concepts Guide http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-pr....
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Maya, The LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) exam is the 1st tier in the LEED credentialing process, and is the stepping stone to earning your LEED AP with specialty. The GA exam is less detailed than the specialty exams, but can cover general green building concepts that span across all LEED rating systems. I'd like to recommend you that you should take up a LEED Green Associate Exam. After securing your LEED Green Associate credentials, you can go for any LEED AP specialization of your choice. As a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI offers LEED Exam Prep training. GBRI LEED Exam Prep comprises a study guide comes with more than 500 sample 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... All the best!
Hi Nandini, Thanks for the propmt reply. Appreciate it. I am clear now as to how to proceed with the exams. However, my concern is I will not be able to attend the live online classes because of my full time job. Is there any other way I can get the course materials. Thank you.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
You are welome Maya. Glad I could help. GBRI's live online classes come with on-demand access as well. It means that you will be able to access it whenever you need them. LEED GA exam prep comes FREE when you sign-up for GBRI's LEED AP exam prep.
Project Manager, CCM Inc
Hello, I Purchased LEED Green Associate exam preparation guide V4. Is this sufficient to be studied for LEED Green Associate exam? Is there any comprehensive package offered by USGBC or GBCI to be the main source of study? Bests, Nima
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Nima, Candidates preparing for the exam have a wide range of experience and background, so the study needs may be different for everyone. Start preparing for your exam by consulting the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook, especially the test specifications and references: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. In addition to the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, we also offer the LEED Core Concepts Guide and there are other exam preparation materials through Education @USGBC. Here is the link to the Core Concepts Guide: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide.... Here is the link to Education @USGBC: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc. Good luck!
Architectural Designer, John Webb Construction and Design
I am going to take the LEED AP ND before June 2015. Is it going to be based on LEED V4 or LEED V3? Can you please reply the same question about LEED AP Homes?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sahel, Thank you for your interest in LEED credentials. The LEED AP ND exam began featuring v4 content on February 25th 2015 while the LEED AP Homes exam will not feature v4 content until July 1, 2015. For more information please look at the following articles: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-ap-nd-exam-feature-leed-v4-content-fe... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-ap-homes-exam-feature-leed-v4-content...
Architect, TRAKA PTE LTD
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. https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-v4-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...
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