Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED AP O+M! The key to earning a LEED AP credential is a thorough understanding of green building, the LEED rating system and the ability to facilitate the certification process.
The exam questions reflect Task Domains and Knowledge domains.
Task Domains: Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively.These include concepts such as LEED Project and Team Coordination, LEED Certification Process, Analyses Required for LEED Credits, and Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System.
- LEED Project and Team Coordination (24%)
- LEED Certification Process (28%)
- Analyses Required for LEED Credits (37%)
- Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (11%)
Knowledge Domains: Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.These include concepts such as LEED Process, Integrative Strategies, LEED credit categories, and Project Surroundings and Public Outreach.
- LEED Process (12 questions)
- Location and Transportation (5 questions)
- Sustainable Sites (9 questions)
- Water Efficiency (13 questions)
- Energy and Atmosphere (21 questions)
- Materials and Resources (10 questions)
- Indoor Environmental Quality (15 questions)
The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.
This exam is designed to test the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the application and certification process.
- U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Operations and Maintenance Reference Guide. v4 Edition. U.S. Green Building Council, 2013.
- "Green building incentive strategies." U. S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- U.S. Green Building Council. Guide to LEED Certification: Commercial. U.S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- U.S. Green Building Council. Foundations of LEED. U.S. Green Building Council, 2009.
- U.S. Green Building Council. LEED v4 for Operations and Maintenance Checklist. U.S. Green Building Council, 2013.
- “LEED Addenda (Corrections + Interpretations).” U. S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- "LEED Online: Register a project." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- "LEED Certification Fees." U.S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- “Rating System Selection Guidance.” U.S. Green Building Council, 2014.
- Addenda Database.."U.S. Green Building Council. Web.
Please note: LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-June 30 of each year.
These sample questions were discarded in the process of creating items for the new LEED Green Associate exam. The items are provided for your convenience to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.
- A project team wants to educate the facility manager on the installed building systems to improve indoor air quality. They want the facility manager to maintain the systems so that they will continue to function as intended. Which of the following should be provided to the facility manager?
A. Vendor invoices for mechanical equipment
B. Preventive maintenance plan for the building*
C. As-built drawings and copies of material submittals
D. A copy of the credit documentation for the credits that were approved through LEED Certification
- The design team and project owner decided not to pursue EA Credit, Enhanced Commissioning, but
would hire a Commissioning Authority (CxA) to oversee the requirements for EA Prerequisite, Fundamental Commissioning andVerification. What is a required responsibility for the CxA to achieve the stated objective?
A. Verify that training requirements are completed
B. Develop system manual for commissioned systems
C. Review contractor submittals for the commissioned system
D. Verify installation and performance of commissioned systems*
Looking for more study materials? Access the following resources:
- Study plan: LEED AP O+M exam: Four week study plan
- Course: LEED AP O+M v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner Everblue)
- Course: All-Inclusive LEED v4 AP O+M Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner GBRI)
- Course: LEED v4 O+M Exam Preparation (created by USGBC Education Partner Green Building Services, Inc.)
- Practice exam: LEED v4 O+M Mock Exam -100 Questions (created by USGBC Education Partner Green Building Research Institute (GBRI))
- Practice exam: LEED AP O+M Mock Exam - 30 Questions (created by USGBC Education Partner Green Building Research Institute (GBRI))