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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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Hi Nora, i have read the candidate handbook carefully but i cant summarize if the references enough for preparing to the green associate exam !!! and if the study guide for green associate exam make the studying easier kindly advise when and where i can get the study guide ASAP.
Project Manager, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Nora, I will be taking the LEED v4 test soon for Green Associate. I see they do not have a study guide for v4 yet. Should I hold off my exam until the study guide comes out or is 2009 study guide good enough?
Hi Nora, Can you please advice any reliable organization who can guide for LEED AP BD+C exam preparation. My understading is reference guides and other study materials offered online through USGBC is for the project to be certified and not aimed only for exam preparation. I want a guidance only to clear the exam at the moment. Kindly suggest. Regards
Architect - Interior Designer, Freelance
Hi Nora do I need to buy the LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide. v4 Edition to study for the Leed v4 green associate exam or I just need to download the Introductory and Overview Section?
Snr. Project Manager, MHPM Project Managers Inc.
Hi Nora, I've completed the LEED Green Associate exam in May 2014 using LEED 2009 study guide. I am now focusing on LEED AP - BD+C exam. Do i need to retake LEED Green Associate exam or will it be the only phase of BD+C in V4. Kindly advise. Thanks, Maneer Khan
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Maneer, if you have completed the LEED Green Associate exam, you only need to take the specialty portion of the exam when you take the LEED BD+C exam.
Starting a Cleaning business. Would like info on becoming certified in the Green LEED program. Thank You
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Project Designer, Cassidy Turley
Hi, Is there a specific study guide available for preparing for the Green Associate Exam? I have seen the articles on preparation, but was wandering if there is an actually "study guide"?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rachae, at this time USGBC has not released a study guide.
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