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You’re a LEED Professional: Now what?

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You did it! Congratulations!

You decided to become a LEED professional, you took the exam, and passed!

Now what?

Earn CE hours to fulfill your credential maintenance

Under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), you are required to maintain your credential by fulfilling continuing education requirements every two years.

The process is designed to facilitate continued professional development within the field of green building, to grow your knowledge and experience, and to improve your job performance.

Access the CMP Guide for additional information about credential maintenance. 

Here’s the requirement breakdown

  • LEED Green Associate: 15 CE hours (3 LEED specific) -or- LEED AP with specialty: 30 CE hours (6 LEED specific)

Earn hours through green building activities

  1. Education
  2. LEED project experience
  3. Authorship (credited contribution to a print or digital publication)
  4. Volunteering (with USGBC, GBCI, USGBC chapter, or volunteer organization that supports the LEED system)

Report and keep track of your hours through the Credentials section of your account.

Promote your credential

Start using your title “LEED Green Associate” or “LEED AP” followed by your specialty (BD+C, Homes, ID+C, ND, O+M). Add it to your resume, USGBC account profile and LinkedIn profile.

Don't forget to share your success on social media. 

  • Twitter and Facebook: I just passed my #LEED Green Associate exam! -or- I just passed my #LEED AP exam! 

Be sure to follow USGBC around the web to stay up to date and in the loop: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Get involved

Now that you're a LEED professional, there's never been a better time to get involved with your local chapter. This is a key way to access continuing education, network with peers, and make a difference in your community. Find your chapter.

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James G. Davis Construction Corporation
Can you direct me to the requirements for displaying your LEED title in email, resume, and business cards?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The new candidate handbook for LEED v4 gives some guidelines for designating your credential after passing an exam. The handbook states: As soon as you have passed the Green Associate exam, you can use the title “LEED® Green Associate™” and/or the logo. (“LEED GA” is not an approved abbreviation for the LEED Green Associate credential, and should not be used under any circumstances.) As soon as you have passed the specialty exam, you must use the title “LEED® AP” followed by your specialty(ies) (BD+C, O+M, ID+C, ND, Homes) and/or the corresponding logo(s). For example: LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, LEED AP ID+C. You should no longer use LEED Green Associate as the LEED AP with Specialty accreditation supersedes the LEED Green Associate accreditation. Please see the LEED Professional Credentials section of the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines starting on page 16 for additional information.
U.S. Green Building Council
We'd love you to you also get involved in your local USGBC Chapter or volunteer to advance the green building movement too! Find your chapter, discover volunteer opportunities, and learn more about advocacy efforts.

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