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Show how you're a leader in the field of green building with a LEED AP credential.

A LEED AP with specialty credential showcases your in-depth understanding of green building design, construction and operation, while also demonstrating your knowledge of a particular LEED rating system and the certification process. It signifies that you’re a leader in the field and underscores your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.

Which specialty credential is right for you? Five types of LEED AP exams are offered:

  1. LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD+C)
  2. LEED AP Operations and Maintenance (O+M)
  3. LEED AP Interior Design and Construction (ID+C)
  4. LEED AP Neighborhood Development (ND)
  5. LEED AP Homes

Tens of thousands of professionals have earned their LEED AP credential to help advance their careers. Here are three reasons why you should, too.

1. Green jobs are in demand.

The numbers show that green building is on the rise. By 2018, the industry is anticipated to account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs, according to the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact study. Annual green construction spending is projected to reach $224.4 billion in 2018, up from $150.6 billion in 2015.

With the growth in green jobs, employers are looking to hire qualified staff fluent in today’s sustainability methodology and practices—and having your LEED AP credential verifies your green building expertise and knowledge of LEED. From architects to engineers to contractors and builders, green professionals in a wide variety of roles boast a LEED AP credential among their qualifications. 

2. You're already a LEED Green Associate—now it's time to go "all in" with LEED.

Passing the LEED Green Associate exam is a prerequisite to taking the LEED AP exam. You can take them both at once, but in many cases, green professionals earn their Green Associate credential as a first step toward becoming a LEED AP. If you've achieved your Green Associate credential and worked on a few LEED projects, you're probably ready and eager to take the next step and become a LEED AP.

The green building movement is more important than ever, as we work to face the challenges of climate change, the need for resilient structures, the urgency of social equity and the call to build healthier communities. This movement requires capable, expert leaders to advance its goals. Are you one of them?

3. You'll be connected to an international network of sustainability advocates. 

Green building is global, and when you earn your LEED AP credential, you join a network of professionals worldwide dedicated to better building. LEED APs are among the top influencers in green building—LEED Fellows and LEED Faculty, for example, create ripples beyond their local community, sharing their knowledge and making significant contributions to the sustainability movement.

With USGBC and GBCI expanding their reach to bring LEED further into other regions, such as in ChinaIndia, Europe and Mexico, and with Greenbuild networking and education opportunities to match, your LEED AP credential can connect you with LEED experts and project teams wherever you want to go, and wherever you're needed.

The exam itself is available at Prometric testing centers worldwide, and you can schedule it at any time of year. USGBC also makes LEED AP exams available in other languages besides English: The LEED AP BD+C and O+M exams are available in five other languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French and Spanish. 

Signing up for the test is easy: get started by signing in to your usgbc.org profile.

Watch this video for a quick overview of the steps to earning a LEED AP credential:

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