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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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Senior Mechanical Engineer, SSH Design
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.
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 ( 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: 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: In addition we offer a LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide and LEED Core Concepts Guide
Marketing Engineer, 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: 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, 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: 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: Here is the link to Education @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?
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