LEED AP BD+C Study Guide


Awesome, so you want to pass the LEED BD+C exam. You have come to the right place. This guide contains the need-to-know information for passing the Building Design and Construction exam. You will be well on your way to passing your LEED BD+C exam on the first try.

LEED Building Design + Construction

The BD+C exam is a 2nd tier exam and is the second step into the LEED accreditation specialties. If you have not already completed your Green Associate Exam, you can choose to take the combined exam in one sitting or separate the exam into two parts which is recommended. Similar topics will overlap and the Green Associate Exam is good practice for the BD+C exam which covers topics in detail.

LEED Building Design and Construction Exam

Step 1 - Register your exam

From the USGBC’s website click “Credential” and “Register for your exam”. We suggest planning your exam at least with a month or two of studying. This will give you adequate time to prepare for the LEED BD+C exam. You can take your exam more than once but don’t stress. With proper LEED exam prep, you will pass your exam on the first try.

Don’t forget to apply your discounts. USGBC member organizations will have a discount for their members. Student pricing is available on all of the LEED Exams and is very inexpensive.

Common Questions

LEED Exam Registration Dates?
The exam is currently proctored at Prometric testing centers as well as at your own home if you meet certain requirements like a webcam. You can cancel or reschedule within a three day window of your exam.

LEED Building Design + Construction Exam Cost?
The LEED Building Design and Construction Exam has a fee rate of $250 ($100 for students and $200 for members) and has the prerequisite of obtaining your LEED Green Associate credential.

LEED Building Design + Construction Exam Prep?
We recommend study material that resembles the actual exam in question format and topic. We use: Study Material

LEED BD+C Practice Exam?
The material covers the USGBC Green Associate Exam and you will have access for 120 days with a recorded history and explanations so you can track your success.

Step 2 - LEED Exam Prep + Exam Resources

The 800-page reference book and all it encompasses is way too much information to study. You need a condensed version of need-to-know information.

Building Design + Construction (v4) Contents

LEED Project and Team Coordination (22%)
LEED® Certification Process (32%)
Analyses Required for LEED Credits (32%)
Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (14%)


LEED AP BD+C Exam Requirements

LEED AP BD+C Exam Requirements

LEED Building Design + Construction Exam v4

  • 8 QuestionsLEED Process
  • 9 QuestionsIntegrative Strategies
  • 9 QuestionsLocation and Transportation
  • 9 QuestionsSustainable Sites
  • 9 QuestionsWater Efficiency
  • 14 QuestionsEnergy and Atmosphere
  • 12 QuestionsMaterials and Resources
  • 11 QuestionsIndoor Environmental Quality
  • 4 QuestionsProject Surroundings and Public Outreach
  • 15 QuestionsPretest Questions