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What are LEED-specific hours?


Both LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials require LEED-specific continuing education hours.

LEED-specific is defined as an activity that has an explicit connection to credit categories, credits and/or prerequisites found in any of the current LEED rating systems. For LEED APs, LEED-specific CE hours must relate directly to the specialty. Examples of LEED-specific activities include working on LEED projects, volunteering on rating system development, authoring LEED case studies, developing and/or teaching coursework on the LEED rating system.

LEED-specific hours meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • process-related to LEED,
  • credit or category-related, such as dealing with requirements, intents or version comparisons,
  • an in-depth, technical LEED update,
  • an in-depth LEED project case study targeted toward a specific LEED credit,
  • a best practice lesson that entails successful or unsuccessful implementation of LEED, or
  • show benefits of using LEED (return on investment, grants, taxes or incentives).

If you are a LEED AP with specialty, the six of your 30 continuing education hours must be LEED-specific hours directly relate to your specialty credential.

If you are a LEED Green Associate, three of your required 15 continuing education hours must be LEED-specific.

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