U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter

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LEED® Professional Credentials






Professional Accreditation provides verification of individual knowledge in the principles of green building design, construction, and operation. The credential helps building professionals establish credibility in the marketplace. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) also help building owners achieve performance goals and facilitate the LEED Certification process. LEED APs are a critical link between LEED standards and professional practice. 

GBCI has eligibility requirements for all levels of the exam system and GBCI has credentialing maintenance required for all levels. Download handbooks for various credentials online at www.gbci.org

Credentialing Process

  • Tier 1, the LEED Green Associate exam is a computer based, multiple-choice examination; you will have 2.5 hours to complete it. This core exam is also part one of the LEED AP+ examination. If you become eligible to take the LEED AP+ exam and you have maintained your LEED Green Associate Credential, you will not have to take the Core exam again.
  • Tier 2, the LEED AP+ exams will be two parts. The exams are multiple choice and computer based. The first part will be the “core” knowledge exam (taken by Tier 1, LEED Green Associates) about green building and general knowledge about the LEED rating system process. The second part will be a specialty exam depending on the track you choose. You will have 4 hours to complete the examinations.
If you only pass one part of the exam you will have to retake the part you failed. Your eligibility is valid for one year and you will have three chances to take the failed portion. If you fail three times your eligibility will be suspended for three months and you will be required to reapply.  If as a current LEED AP you have not enrolled in the Credential Maintenance Program you will remain a LEED AP with inactive status in the registry. 

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