LEED Certification Exam Prep FAQ

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LEED Basics
You've heard about LEED, but you really don't know what it is.

Course Recommendations
You want to know which LEED credentials will help you achieve your goals.

Course Locations
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Before & After Class
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Qualifying, Registering, and Passing the LEED Exam
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Continuing Education & Credential Maintenance
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LEED Basics

Q: What is LEED?

A: LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED enables building owners and operators to identify and implement green building design, construction, maintenance solutions, and operations. The non-profit, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developed the LEED standard.

Q: How does LEED Certification work?

A: The LEED rating system, created by the USGBC, provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at increasing performance, reducing waste, and improving quality of life.

Each strategy listed on the rating system checklist is catalogued as a credit. Credits are grouped into six major categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design & Regionalization. All the credits in these categories are worth a certain number of points. For every strategy utilized in a LEED-registered project, the building acquires the corresponding number of points for that credit. The greater number of points, the more likely the building will qualify for LEED Certification. There are different levels of LEED Certification, based on this point range.

Projects that achieve 40-49 points are LEED Certified, 50-59 points earn LEED Silver, 60-79 points earn LEED Gold, and 80+ points earn LEED Platinum certification.

Q: If all buildings are trying to achieve LEED Certification, why are there multiple rating systems?

A: There are several LEED rating systems available for different types of buildings. For instance, there are different requirements if you want to build a home versus an office building. Likewise, there are LEED rating systems for commercial, institutional, residential, and just about every other type of building that you can think of. The LEED AP with Specialty credentials are aligned with these rating systems, so you can market yourself as an accredited professional in a specialty area.

Q: What's the difference between LEED Certification and LEED Accreditation?

A: Buildings earn LEED Certification. Individuals who pass one of the LEED credentialing exams become LEED Accredited. One of the most common mistakes made by newcomers to LEED is when they say, "I want to become LEED Certfied." They really should say, "I want to become LEED Accredited."


Course Recommendations

Q: What is the best way to begin my LEED studies?

A: Everblue's LEED Green Associate exam prep course is the best place to start. There is no prerequisite, and everything you need is included. The LEED Green Associate training course prepares and qualifies you for the LEED Green Associate exam. We provide students with pre-course reading material to review online before the class. In the class, we provide a course book and study sheets. After the class, we give you access to Everblue's practice exam questions and provide you with instructions for registering to take the exam. LEED Green Associate accreditation is a required first step before going on to earn a LEED AP with Specialty accreditation.

Q: How will LEED Accreditation help to further my career?

A: There are several career paths to which LEED knowledge can be applied. Typically, someone already in the construction industry (such as an architect, contractor, or interior designer) will use LEED to enhance their knowledge and offer their customers more services. Many LEED courses count as continuing education credits for other professions, so the courses do “double duty” in terms of maintaining current credentials while earning a new one. For those new to the industry, LEED Accreditation will allow you to work on LEED certified projects.


Course Locations

Q: Is there a course being offered near me?

A: Because LEED is an internationally recognized standard for green building, Everblue offers LEED exam prep training at various locations around the world. To find a live class near you, please visit our Course Locations page. If a live class is not scheduled at a location convenient for you, we also offer online webinars, in a live or on-demand format.

Q: Is there a testing location near me?

A: Testing locations are available internationally through Prometric Testing Centers. As part of our LEED Green Associate exam prep courses, we provide you with detailed instructions on how to register for the exam as well as how to find the nearest testing center. To find a testing center near you, visit the Prometric website at: www.prometric.com/gbci


Before & After Class

Q: When will I receive study materials?

A: For live classes, materials are provided on the first day of class. After the class, you will have access to online practice questions for 180 days. For live and on-demand webinars, materials are available in your online Everblue course portal.

Q: Can I get materials early for the live class to begin studying?

A: To avoid the extra costs of printing and shipping, we will not send materials early to a student attending a live classroom training. There are a number of online resources available on Everblue's student portal. If you choose to begin studying before the class begins, we recommend that you browse the course portal and utilize these resources.

Q: Does Everblue provide job placement after completion of all required courses?

A: No. We do not provide job placement, but we frequently refer students to job openings from our partners and customers. We have many great hiring success stories. To see a list of our employment partners, please visit our Job Board


Qualifying, Registering, and Passing the LEED Exam

Q: What are the qualifications to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam?

A: There are no eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam. However, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recommends that candidates have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing.

Q: What are the qualifications to sit for a LEED AP exam?

A: All candidates must pass the LEED Green Associate exam before sitting for the LEED AP exam. According to the USGBC, experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended (but not required).

Q: How soon after completing Everblue's class do I need to take the exam?

A: We recommend for students to schedule their LEED exams 2-3 weeks following their training course. This gives students enough time to fully prepare, without losing any relevant information. Having the test date scheduled well in advance gives students a real deadline to work toward.

Q: Where can I take the exam? When is the exam scheduled?

A: LEED exams are scheduled by appointment at Prometric Testing Centers and are computer-based tests. That means you can schedule an exam at a local testing center (there are over 400 nationwide and at least one in every major city) for a time that is convenient to you. Testing centers are typically open six days a week. Since all LEED exams are computer-based, you will find out your results before you leave the testing center.

The first step is that you must pay USGBC for your LEED exam. Once you're done with this step, USGBC will issue you an eligibility ID (through email). You will go to the Prometric website at www.prometric.com/gbci and schedule an exam appointment using this eligibility ID.

As part of the LEED Green Associate training course, your instructor will cover all aspects of the exam process. At the end of the course, you will be provided with detailed instructions on registering for the exam.

Q: What are the costs associated with earning the LEED Green Associate credential?

A: The LEED Green Associate exam costs $200 for USGBC members and $100 for full-time students. The cost of the exam is $250 for non-members.

Q: What are the costs associated with earning the LEED AP credential?

A: The LEED AP with Specialty exam costs $250 for USGBC members and $350 for non-members.

*The combined exam (LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with Specialty) is $400 for USGBC members and $550 for non-members.

Q: What score do I need to pass the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Exam?

A: Each LEED exam has a total of 100 questions and is scored on a scale of 125 to 200 points. So if you got zero questions correct, you would still score 125 on the exam. Likewise, if you got all 100 questions correct, you would score a 200. A score of 170 is required to pass any of the exams. The score of 170 is a scaled score, and the number of questions necessary to earn that passing score is going to be different from one test to the next. Candidates are given 2 hours to complete each LEED exam.


Continuing Education & Credential Maintenance

Q: Once I pass the LEED Exam, what are my requirements?

  • Abide by the GBCI disciplinary policy
  • Pay a $85 biennial maintenance fee
  • Attend continuing education classes. Green Associates must attend 15 hours of continuing education every two years, and LEED APs must attend 30 hours of continuing education every two years. Everblue's LEED CMP packages provide you with all the continuing education hours you need in one easy and convenient package.

Q: I am trying to complete my continuing education requirements for LEED AP before the renewal deadline. How long will it take for me to complete the LEED AP CMP course?

A: Allow 30 hours to cover the material and 10 hours to complete quizzes.

Q: How many LEED-specific requirements are included in the CMP classes?

A: The 15-hour LEED Green Associate CMP course includes the required three LEED-specific hours. The LEED AP CMP course includes the required six LEED-specific hours.



Q: How can LEED Accreditation help increase market share for a "green" product?

A: Attaining LEED Accreditation will help you understand the certification process for a LEED project and help you communicate to your customers how your product can help a building earn credits toward certification. Points can be earned from products that contribute to energy efficiency, waste reduction, prevent pollution, etc. Knowing such LEED guidelines can give you greater access to the green building market.

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