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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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Architect, Prof. Em., University of Maryland College Park - Capital Projects
What is the first date projects must be registered under v4?
Architect, Prof. Em., University of Maryland College Park - Capital Projects
Please remind me of the first date on which projects may be registered for v4. I know of no certifiers or architects in this area registering for v4, so new GA's will be speaking a different language until v4 becomes active.
Structural Engineer, SK&A Structural Engineers, PLLC
I got my LEED Green Associate a couple months ago, and i am going for the LEED BD+C, i am a structural engineer and I don't have project experience. Does LEED V4, require project involvement for the credentials, or is it recommended? thank you
Experienced Architectural Professional and Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional, NA
Hi Nora I live in the US but am currently in India for a few months. I have registered with USGBC with my US mailing address but since I am in India now I want to appear for the Green Associate exam here in India. Will it be a problem if I take the exam at a center in India although I have registered as a US resident? And where will my certificates be mailed? Also the usgbc website asks for a $250 fee for the test but I know I have to book my seat with prometric. After paying the $250, is there a time frame in which I have to schedule my test?
LEED Specialist, USGBC
Yes, you are welcome to take the same USGBC exams throughout the world. To locate a test center, go to Prometric's website (, select "Locate a Test Center" and select "India" from the drop down menu. For international credential holders, the easiest option is to print a free copy of your certificate from, selecting "Credentials" from the menu. From this screen, you can also purchase the hard copy that will be mailed to you for $25. Your exam is paid for through the website, and scheduled through Prometric. After registering for the exam, you have one year to take the exam. Best of luck!
Electromechanical Engineer, Qdesign Architecture and Planning
Hi Nora, i've passed my Leed GA last may and i m planning for the Leed AP BD+C speciality exam. Is it fair enough to consider the previous version of the book to pass the new version V4 exam? i m sure that this question was repetitively asked. thanks for ur advance reply.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Habib, we cannot advise on studying from the 2009 study guides for the LEEDv4 exams. We recommend that you refer to the materials listed in this article, or if you would like to wait for the LEEDv4 study guides, they are anticipated to be released in Fall 2014.
I have the 2009 version of the GA study guide. Would it be beneficial to study this one since there is not a current study guide for v4?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
We cannot advise on studying from the 2009 study guides.
I have the 2009 version of the GA study guide. Would it be beneficial to study this one since there is not a current study guide for v4?
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