How to become a LEED AP?

Last modified: 
04/12/2021

LEED Green Associate Exam

Becoming a LEED AP can be broken down into multiple steps with your end goal in becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. You can achieve your goals by two different options: Pass the Green Associate Exam then later the LEED AP Exam or decide to take the Combined Exam a more difficult option.


Step 1: Become a LEED Green Associate

The LEED Green Associate Exam is the first-tier exam. Becoming a LEED Green Associate will designate you as understanding the fundamentals of the LEED certification process. This designation will help your employer or developer trust your basic knowledge of the certification process. The Green Associate exam does not cover specific certification credits per specialty but covers the base information about certifying a project.

Requirements for the Green Associate Exam

Currently, no eligibility requirements exist for the LEED Green Associate exam. It is recommended by the USGBC to take a sustainable study course covering the basic LEED information.

Green Associate Exam Format

The LEED Green Associate exam is 100 randomly generated multiple-choice questions that must be completed in 2 hours. The total testing time for the LEED Green Associate exam will be 2 hours and 20 minutes including a tutorial and short survey. After completion of the exam you will be instantly graded and become a LEED Green Associate.



LEED Green Associate Exam


Step 2 : Becoming a LEED AP

The LEED AP specialty designation is the desired credential for professionals that seek to establish themselves as ready to help projects become LEED certified. It is beyond basic knowledge and dives in to the specifics of the LEED rating system including project point options, base calculations, product selection and overall credit knowledge with an understanding of how the credits work together to achieve maximum potential.

LEED Exam Format

LEED Green Associates
The LEED AP exam comprises 100 selected multiple-choice questions and each part must be completed in 2 hours with an additional 20 minutes for a survey.

LEED AP specialty exam
The exam contains 100 selected multiple-choice questions with an additional 15 questions survey at the end. Total time allowed for the LEED AP exam will be 2 hours with 20 additional minutes allowed for the survey.

After completion of the exam you will be instantly graded on a scale system determined by the GBCI. A passing grade will instantly grant you a LEED AP specialty designation that you tested under. Congratulations! You have become a LEED AP.