How to Earn a LEED Credential (Visual)

Thu, 2015-08-13 14:28

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 02:34

In the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, LEED has become a well-known and reputable standard for green building. Practitioners in these industries often work on LEED projects and/or interact with LEED accredited professionals. For those relatively new to the industry, you do a Google search for "LEED," and I'm sure you get flooded with thousands of results. It can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What, exactly, are you looking to earn - LEED Certification or LEED Accreditation? It doesn't help that the LEED standards and processes have changed several times in the last 15 years, which leads to outdated information still being accessible to folks on the Internet (NO, LEED project experience is not a requirement for LEED AP Specialty anymore). Where, oh where, to begin?!

FREE TIP: LEED Certification refers to the process of designing, building, or maintaining a building to sustainable standards and adhering to the technical guidelines set forth by the LEED rating system. LEED Accreditation is a personal achievement for the building-industry professionals who need to be knowledgeable and competent in regard to green building terms and processes. People confuse these terms all the time!

We've written a series of posts and pages answering common questions about LEED. There's a lot of good information on the Everblue website about the LEED Accreditation process, LEED Certification, and green building in general. But if you're looking for some quick answers to get you started, we've got you covered!

We've put together a visual representation of LEED FAQs (see below). This graphic attempts to answer common questions we see in live chat and also includes some fun facts about the LEED credentialing process that are generally difficult to find on the Internet. Take a moment to review the information, and if you still have questions on how to get started, please give us a call at 800-460-2575!

LEED Credential Process

If you're feeling confident in your decision to pursue a LEED credential, please get started now with Everblue's LEED Green Associate training.