LEED Credentials

You've seen it in email signatures and have heard people say they are a LEED® Green Associate or LEED® AP. What exactly does that mean?

To become a LEED® Green Associate, LEED® Accredited Professional specialty or LEED® Fellow, architects, engineers, planners, designers, construction managers, subcontractors, field personnel and more need to demonstrate an understanding of the LEED® Rating Systems. This means, staying up to date with sustainable building technologies and practices. Specialization in different industry sectors, proven skills and experience is all a part of the management of the LEED® certification process. LEED® Professional Credentials remain the goal of green building excellence for individuals within the rapidly-changing building and environmental industry.

The LEED® Credentialing is managed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and includes registration/application, the different LEED® exams and continuing education.  

LEED® Green Associate

For professionals who want a basic knowledge of green building principles and practices and LEED®, who also support green building design, construction, and operations.


Eligibility requirements:
Candidates must have experience in the form of:
  • EITHER documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED®
  • OR employment (or previous employment) in a sustainable field of work
  • OR engagement in (or completion of) an education program that addresses green building principles.
Fees:
Application fee: $50
Exam fee: $150 for National USGBC® members or member companies and full-time students and $200 for all others 
CMP renewal fee: $50 every two years 

Credential maintenance requirements: 
LEED® Green Associates must take 15 continuing education (CE) hours every two-year reporting period in order to maintain their credential.


LEED Green Associate


LEED® AP


For professionals that possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to participate in the design process.  The LEED® AP supports and encourages integrated design and to streamline the application and certification process.

Eligibility requirements:
Candidates must have experience in the form of documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED®.

Fees:
Application fee: $100
Exam fee: 
   Combined exam (Green Associate & LEED® AP Specialty at same time): $300 for National USGBC® members or member companies and $450 for non-members.
   Specialty exam only: $150 for members of National USGBC® and full-time students and $250 for non-members
CMP renewal fee: $50 every two years  

Credential maintenance requirements: 
LEED® Green Associates must take 30 continuing education (CE) hours every two-year reporting period in order to maintain their credential. 







LEED AP Building Design & Construction LEED AP Operations & Maintenance LEED AP Interior Design & Construction 

LEED AP Homes LEED AP Neighborhood Development  LEED Fellow

LEED® Fellow


For highly accomplished individuals.  LEED® Fellows mus be nominated by their peers and distinguished by their contributions, leadership and vision in advancing the green building industry.

Eligibility:

To be nominated as a LEED® Fellow, nominees must have:
  • held a LEED ®  Professional credential for eight or more years;
  • a LEED ®  AP with Specialty credential in good standing;
  • ten years of professional green building experience; and
  • agreed to be nominated

To nominate a LEED® Fellow, nominators must have:
  • a LEED®  AP with Specialty credential in good standing;
  • ten years of professional green building experience;
  • nominated no one else for the current LEED® Fellow class; and
  • agreed to be a nominator.

                                               


LEED Fellow 


Continuing Education

All LEED Green Associates and LEED Accredited Professionals must participate in the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) in order to maintain their credentials.  The renewal process allows the LEED professionals to continuously develop professionally within the green building sector. See our CMP page for more information.
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