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Distinguish your expertise

Showcase your knowledge, experience and credibility in the green building marketplace.

A LEED professional credential signifies that you’re a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement.

With new jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, the LEED professional credential shows a clear commitment to your professional growth, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.

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A LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green.

LEED Green Associates have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and are committed to their professional future.

Exam fee: $200 ($100 for students, $250 for non-members)

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Distinguish yourself as a LEED AP with specialty

The LEED AP credential arms you with advanced knowledge in green building as well as expertise in a particular LEED rating system.

Which LEED specialty is right for me?

LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

Suits professionals with expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors.

Full exam fee: $400 ($550 for non-members)
Specialty only exam fee: $250 ($350 for non-members)

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Taking the exam

The professional credential exams measure your understanding of green building design, construction and operations. The LEED AP exams also assess your understanding of the LEED rating system and your ability to facilitate the certification process.

LEED Green Associate LEED AP
Fees $200 ($100 for students, $250 for non-members) Full exam: $400 ($550 for non-members)
Specialty only: $250 ($350 for non-members)
Eligibility Requirements None Experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended.
Timing Format 100 multiple-choice questions per section
Language Translation aids are available in Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. Learn more.
Scoring A passing score is 170 or higher on a scale of 125 to 200.
Rescheduling and Cancellations Permitted up to 3 days prior to exam. Some fees may apply. Learn more.
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Preparing for the exam

Access our free exam resources and study materials to help you get prepared.

Maintaining your credential

All LEED professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours.

LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential. LEED APs must earn 30 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential.

Earn hours through these activities related to green building:

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The LEED Fellow Program recognizes outstanding LEED APs.

LEED APs who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements related to technical knowledge and skill are eligible for the honor.

They have also made significant contributions in teaching, mentoring, or research with proven outcomes. LEED Fellows have a history of exemplary leadership, impactful commitment, service, and advocacy in green building and sustainability.

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Grow your career by earning a Green Rater or Green Classroom Professional certificate.

Green Raters provide in-the-field verification services at each and every Homes project.

With tens of thousands of registered BD+C: Homes projects, the demand for qualified Green Raters is growing every day. To ensure the quality of service provided by Green Raters, we require a rigorous set of qualifications.

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