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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 usgbc.org 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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Total 24 commentsLeave a comment

Architect, P&T Architects and Engineeers
hello, I have just passed the Green building associate exam. What shall I write under my title block?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Hazar, congratulations on passing your LEED Green Associate exam! You can use the title “LEED® Green Associate” and/or the logo. Please note that “LEED GA” is not an approved abbreviation for the LEED Green Associate credential, and should not be used. You can find more information on designating your new credential in the LEED Green Associate handbook (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook).
Contractor, Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP
I passed the LEED Green Associate Exam on Saturday. When can I expect to receive my Certificate? Thanks' Jim
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations James! That's a great accomplishment and we're very excited for your success. It can take up to 48 hours for your exam to post to your USGBC account (I'm assuming it has posted already for you). You currently have two options regarding the certificate. You can either A) (preferred method) download your certificate from your USGBC account by going to USGBC.org/account/credentials and clicking on the "download my certificate." You can either have that certificate electronically and email it to employers, etc. or you can print it. B) Order a hard copy to be mailed to you. This option costs $25. You can select this option by going to USGBC.org/account/credentials and in the same place you would download your certificate, you can select "order a hard copy of my certificate." I hope that helps. Again, congratulations on your accomplishment!
B.Tech., M.S., ITS., LEED AP BD+C, Senior Cost Consultant, Michael Baker International
Pro Reviewer
Hi, Can LEED AP BD+C work and certify on Homes?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Srinivasa, thank you for your question. As a LEED AP BD+C credential holder, you can participate on a LEED for Homes project team. However, every LEED for Homes project requires a certified Green Rater to provide in-the-field verification services. A LEED AP BD+C credential holder cannot fulfil the role of the Green Rater, unless you pass the required LEED for Homes Green Rater training and mentorship program (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-rater).
Hello, so by reading this page I now know how to earn hours. but my question is, if I get involved in a LEED project experience how will I know that I achieved the 15 CE hours? thank you
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Sara, thanks for your question. You will self report the hours you work on a LEED project through your USGBC account. Please review the CMP guide http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CMP-Guide-2015_0.pdf, which states on page 3 : "Work on a project registered for LEED certification will count for 1 CE hour per credit. For participation on a project registered for WELL certification, 1 CE hour per Feature is counted.Project administrators can claim an additional 2 CE hours per project." Thanks!
Assistant Resident Engineer , Architectural & Engineering Consultant
Hi everyone, I would like to ask about how to receive the Certificate after passing the exam, I've just passed the LEED Green Associate with success but Unfortunately I had a small mistake in my personal email ID during the registration process than I am not able to receive any information about the same please help how can I receive my Certificate ,or advice what to do at the earliest? :(
City and County of San Francisco
I passed the exam yesterday and was wondering when the info would show up on my USGBC account, and if I'll get some kind of confirmation rather than just the one I received at the test center. Thank you.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your inquiry about your LEED professional exam result. Due to a technology update in late 2015, we are currently experiencing a delay in the transfer of exam results from Prometric’s servers to candidates’ GBCI Credentials accounts. We sincerely apologize for this delay, and are actively working to resolved within the next 72 hours. If your Credentials account has not been updated by Monday, January 11th, please contact us http://www.gbci.org/contact. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for choosing to pursue your LEED Professional credential.
City and County of San Francisco
It is no problem at all. Thanks for the info.
Planning & Development Manager, CZO, City of Salisbury, NC
When using the LEED post-nominal letters, is it best to include the copyright and trademark symbols?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
It is ideal to use them, but not required.
Energy Engineer Trainee, IRTC
Hiii All...I have passed in LEED Green Associate Examination just 5 days ago. I have just completed Post Graduation in Energy Management (M.Tech) as well. Being well experienced in such fields, what kind of a job would you guys recommend for me to have or search for? I find it really confusing to search for the kind of jobs that I should look for. Kindly give me your valuable advises in this regard and many thanks in advance.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations on achieving your credential. The most appropriate ones are those based on your underlying professional field. Architects, engineers, contractors, some building owners need help with general sustainability efforts or LEED or other rating system applications.
Senior Staff Environmental Engineer, Langan Engineering & Environmental Svc
Hi, do we receive any proof of accreditation in the mail after passing the Green Associate exam, or is the sheet of paper from the testing center the only proof? Thanks!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Once your exam results have been processed, you can request a certificate as proof of accreditation. Certificates are available in two forms: PDF softcopy (available for download at any time for free) and a hardcopy. Go to your USGBC account and select 'Credentials' from the drop down menu under your name. Then scroll down to 'Download Certificates' to download a copy or click 'Here' to buy a hardcopy.
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. http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-trademark-policy-and-branding-guide...
Proyect Manager Engineer, Personal Organization
If I earn LEED green Associate acreditation, i should use LEED Green Associate or LEED AP after my name ?? thanks
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. http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-trademark-policy-and-branding-guide...
Director, Global Community Development, 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.
Architect, Self Employed
I have passed the LEED Green Associate Examination. I wanted to get involved in my Local USGBC chapter. I'm from New Delhi, India and my unable to find any chapter to volunteer. Please help !!

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