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 LEED FAQS: PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

 The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages all LEED professional credentials, which include the LEED Green Associate (GA) and LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credentials.  For information about LEED professional credentials we recommend visiting GBCI's website 


Visit GBCI's new CMP Wizard to navigate the Credential Maintenance Program.  For specific questions regarding maintaining LEED credential continuing education requirments we also reccomend you read GBCI's Credential Maintenance Program Guide (valid through December 2010).

If you are looking for courses to help you prepare for a LEED exam or meet your LEED AP credentialing maintenance requirements (CMP), please see our Public LEED Workshop offerings or arrange a Private LEED Workshop at your organization today.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL CREDENTIALING QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS FOR CURRENT LEED APs
QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED APs
QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED GREEN ASSOCIATES


GENERAL CREDENTIALING QUESTIONS

1. How do I become a LEED Accredited Professional? 
2. I understand the LEED Rating Systems and exams have changed.  Where can I find information about the new exams and Rating Systems?
3. What is the difference between the LEED Green Associate and the AP?


QUESTIONS FOR CURRENT LEED APs

4. I passed a LEED AP exam under the retired system (NC, EB or CI track).  I understand there are now Continuing Education Requirements for LEED APs.  How do these requirements affect me?

5. What is the CMP Program?

6. I want to become a LEED AP with Specialty. How do I opt in? What do I have to do after I opt in to the CMP Program?
7. What is the incentive to take a LEED AP Specialty exam when I can become a LEED AP with Specialty with continuing education credits through the Prescriptive CMP program? Both options seem to require continuing education units, so why take a test?


QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED APs 
8. Is it true you must have worked on a LEED Project to take a LEED AP Exam?  Is there anyway around this?
 
9. How do I get LEED Project Experience?  Can Urban Green Council help?
10. What should I do to prepare for the exam? 
11. Are there courses I can take to help me prepare for a LEED AP Specialty exam?

12. What are the Continuing Education Requirements for LEED APs? 



QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED GREEN ASSOCIATES

13. Is it true that there are experience requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam? 
14. What should I do to prepare for the exam?
15. Are there courses I can take to help me prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam?
16. What are the Continuing Education Requirements for LEED Green Associates?

 

 

 


ANSWERS

GENERAL CREDENTIALING QUESTIONS

Q1: How do I become a LEED Accredited Professional? 

A1: 
The first step is deciding if you would like to apply for a LEED Green Associate credential or a LEED AP credential.  Click here for more details on the Green Associate credential.  Click here for more information about the AP credential.

Q2: I understand the LEED Rating Systems and exams have changed.  Where can I find information about the new exams and Rating Systems?

A2: For information on new exams and specialties, click here.
For information on the new Rating Systems, click here.

Q3: What is the difference between the LEED Green Associate and the AP?

A3: 
The Green Associates credential is designed for professionals who are not directly involved in the technical aspects of green building, but are involved in support of the industry.  This certification denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.  It would appeal to companies with established sustainability initiatives, students, designers, marketers, manufacturers, etc.  

The LEED AP credential signifies an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices and nowrequires LEED Project experience as an exam pre-requisite.  The LEED AP exam is divided into two parts.  The first part is the LEED Green Associate exam, which demonstrates general knowledge of green building practices. The second part is a specialty exam based on one of the LEED Rating Systems.

QUESTIONS FOR CURRENT LEED APs

Q4: I passed a LEED AP exam under the retired system (NC, EB or CI track).  I understand there are now Continuing Education Requirements for LEED APs.  How do these requirements affect me?

A4: All LEED APs who passed an exam under the retired system (NC, EB or CI) have a choice: to do nothing and remain a LEED AP without specialty, or to declare a specialty and opt-in to the Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP).  You are under no obligation to opt into CMP system.  If you do not, you will continue to be listed as a LEED AP in the LEED Professional Directory indefinitely.  

If you choose to opt-in to the CMP program, you must do so during your two-year enrollment window provided by GBCI and meet the CMP requirements during that two-year period.  For information about your enrollment window or opting in, visit "My Credentials" after logging in to www.gbci.org

If you choose to opt in after your two-year enrollment window, you will need to take a LEED AP Specialty exam to become a LEED AP with Specialty.
See GBCI's CMP Guide for more details.

Q5: What is the CMP Program? 

A5: The Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) is the new system LEED has developed to ensure that LEED Professionals are maintaining an active role in the green building industry, and are remaining knowledgeable, valuable members of their field.  After receiving a LEED Professional certification, the LEED Professional must complete continuing education credits within a 2-year period known as the CMP reporting period.  See GBCI's CMP Guide for more details.

Q6: I want to become a LEED AP with Specialty.  How do I opt in?  What do I have to do after I opt in to the CMP Program? 

A6: If you choose to opt-in to the CMP program, you must do so during your two-year enrollment window provided by GBCI and meet the CMP requirements during that two-year period.  To determine your enrollment period and opt in, see “My Credentials” after logging into www.gbci.org.

When you opt-in, you will be asked to choose between two options: Testing or Prescriptive CMP.  See below for details of each option.

Option 1: Testing
If you passed an LEED exam under the retired system (NC, EB or CI track), you can choose to become a LEED AP within a specialty designation of your choice by passing one of the LEED AP specialty exams during your enrollment period.  To do so, you must meet the requirements to take a LEED AP exam.  After selecting which specialty exam you would like to take, you are only responsible for the specialty portion of the exam, not the Green Associates portion.  After passing the exam, you must complete your continuing education/ CMP requirements (continuing education) as listed in GBCI's CMP Guide.

Option 2: Prescriptive CMP 
If you passed an LEED exam under the retired system (NC, EB or CI track), you can choose to become a LEED AP within a specialty designation of your choice by choosing to opt in to the Prescriptive CMP Program and meeting those credit requirements during a two-year reporting period.  Click here for details about these credit requirements.

Q7: What is the incentive to take a LEED AP Specialty exam when I can become a LEED AP with Specialty with continuing education credits through the Prescriptive CMP program?  Both options seem to require continuing education units, so why take a test? 

A7:  
The Prescriptive CMP program is just that – prescriptive.  The credit requirements are very specific and are designed to address various aspects of each specialty rating system.  By taking a specialty exam, you have much greater freedom in the types of credits you acquire to meet the CMP requirements.  Please note that you now must meet experience requirements to take a LEED AP exam.

QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED APs  

Q8 Is it true you must have worked on a LEED Project to take a LEED AP Exam?  Is there anyway around this?

A8: Yes, it’s true that GBCI now requires that individuals have documented experience on a LEED Project within the last 3 years in order to qualify for a LEED Exam.  As of now, Urban Green Council is unaware of any exceptions to this requirement.

Q9: How do I get LEED Project Experience?  Can Urban Green Council help? 

A9: At this time, Urban Green Council is unable to provide assistance to those seeking LEED Project experience.  We understand that this is a particularly burdensome requirement for sole practitioners without access to LEED projects.  We are investigating ways to help facilitate LEED Project networking in the future, but as of now we do not have the resources to do so.

Q10: What should I do to prepare for the exam? 

A10: Click here for GBCI exam preparation information.

 

Q11: Are there courses I can take to help me prepare for a LEED AP Specialty exam? 

A11: Yes.  Click here for information on what courses will help you prepare for the LEED AP Specialty exams.  

Q12: What are the Continuing Education Requirements for LEED APs? 

A12:
 LEED APs who have opted into the CMP program are now required to complete and report 30 CE hours, 6 of which must be LEED-specific, during your two-year reporting period.  

If you choose to opt-in to the CMP program, you must do so during your two-year enrollment window provided by GBCI and meet the CMP requirements during that two-year period.  If you choose to opt in after your two-year enrollment window, you will need to take a LEED AP Specialty exam.  See GBCI's CMP Guide for more details.

QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BECOME LEED GREEN ASSOCIATES

Q13: Is it true that there are pre-requisites for the LEED Green Associate exam? 

A13:
 Yes.  Click here for a description of those pre-requisites.

Q14: What should I do to prepare for the Green Associate exam? 

A14: Click here for GBCI exam preparation information.  

Q15: Are there courses I can take to help me prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam?

A15: Yes.  Click here for information on what courses will help you prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam.  

Q16: What are the Continuing Education Requirements for LEED Green Associates?

A16: LEED Green Associates are required to complete and report 15 CE hours, 3 of which must be LEED-specific, during your two-year reporting period.  See GBCI's CMP Guide for more details on these requirements.


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