Become a LEED Green Associate or LEED APThe following document is based on information available in 2011. Please note thatthis information is subject to change based on decisions made by the USGBC andGBCI. Check for updates at http://www.usgbc.org/ and http://www.gbci.org/.Why become a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP?In today’s building marketplace, employers and clients are increasingly looking forpeople who know how to design, build, operate, and maintain green buildings. Beinga LEED Green Associate or LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) gives you an edgein the industry by showing potential employers and clients that you have knowledgeabout the LEED rating systems.The new credentialing system has multiple tiers, allowing you to distinguish yourlevel of knowledge and expertise. The three tiers are as follows: 1. LEED Green Associate: Demonstrates knowledge and skill in practicing green design, construction, and operations. Candidates demonstrate a basic understanding of green building and have worked in a sustainable field or engaged in an education program with green building principles. These candidates generally include students, manufactures, business professionals, facility managers, educators, marketers, etc. 2. LEED AP: Demonstrates extraordinary knowledge and skill in practicing green design, construction, and operations. This includes specialization in a particular field. Candidates demonstrate advanced understanding of green building and have experience working on LEED projects. These candidates generally include architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, facility managers, planners, developers, etc. 3. LEED Fellow: An elite group of leading professionals, distinguished by their years of experience and major contributions to the green building field. The application process for this is currently under development.Which exam should I take?The LEED exam consists of 2 parts. The first part of the exam is called the LEED GreenAssociate exam where you are asked to demonstrate general knowledge of greenbuilding practices. The second part includes a specialty exam. There are five differentSpecialties:
• Operations + Maintenance (previously Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance): Mostly for facilities and maintenance professionals, available now • Homes: For residential professionals, available now • Building Design + Construction (previously New Construction): For the majority of test takers, available now • Interior Design + Construction (previously Commercial Interiors): Mostly for interior designers, available now • Neighborhood Development: For planners, governmental, and large-scale development professionals, available nowBecoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP means passing both exams, theLEED Green Associate exam AND a specialty exam. Candidates do not have to take aSpecialty exam, unless they want to be considered a LEED AP. Therefore, you caneither have the LEED Green Associate credential or the LEED AP credential. To becomea LEED AP, you do not have to take both parts of the exam at the same time. You cantake the LEED Green Associate exam, and then the specialty exam at a later date if youso choose.What are the requirements?LEED Green Associate Exam: • Agree to the disciplinary policy and Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP). • Have experience in the form of EITHER documented involvement on a LEED- registered project OR employment (or previous employment) in a sustainable field of work OR engagement in (or completion of) an education program that addresses green building principles. • Submit to an application audit. Five to seven percent of all applications will be audited; you will be notified immediately if you are chosen for an audit and will be notified of your eligibility within 14 days.LEED Specialty Exams: • Agree to the disciplinary policy and Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP). • Document professional experience on a LEED project, within the last 3 years, with verification through LEED Online or employer attestation. • Submit to application audit. Five to seven percent of all applications will be audited; you will be notified immediately if you are chosen for an audit and will be advised of your eligibility within 14 days.
NotesTo take either exam, your experience must be documented in the form of a letter froma supervisor, client, project manager, or teacher describing involvement or acertificate of completion from a qualifying course.LEED Green Associate Exam: • Eligibility based on project involvement: You must name a specific LEED- registered project, affirm you were involved with the project, and provide dates that you were involved. • Eligibility based on project employment: You must explain how your profession or company relates to environmentalism or the green building industry, affirm employment, and provide job title or company name and dates of employment. • Eligibility based on education: You must provide the courses title and provider, explain how the course relates to green building principles or LEED, affirm you were enrolled in the course, and provide dates of enrollment.LEED Specialty Exams: • Describe your involvement on the LEED Project as a consultant, contracted worker, member of the LEED Project Team, LEED Homes Provider, LEED Commercial Reviewer, LEED Homes Green Verifier, or staff member of a Certifying Body.How do I register?Start by visiting the GBCI website (http://www.gbci.org/). At the top right of the pageclick “My Credentials.” Login if you have a profile, or click “First time here?” to register.Under “Current Options” hit “Apply for an exam.” Follow the prompts submitting all ofthe proper information and materials. You will be notified when your application iscomplete. Within a week you will be notified if your application is approved. Onceapproved, you can click on the supplied link and proceed to register.How much does it cost?For Green Associate Exam • Application Fee: $50 • Exam fee (per exam appointment): $150 for USGBC National Members and full- time students $200 for all others • Credentialing Maintenance renewal fee: $50 every 2 years
For Combined Exam (Green Associate and Specialty Exam) • Application Fee: $100 • Exam fee (per exam appointment): $300 for USGBC National Members $450 for non-members • Credentialing Maintenance renewal fee: $50 every 2 yearsFor Specialty Exam Only • Application fee: $100 • Exam fee (per exam appointment): $150 for USGBC National Members $250 for non-members • Credentialing Maintenance renewal fee: $50 every 2 yearsFor helpful and important information by the Green Building Certification Institute,please visit www.gbci.org/.Thanks to PPI for providing a 15% discount on LEED study materials for ourcommunity. See what upcoming LEED trainings that we offer.