A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional / Green Associate (LEED AP/GA) is an individual who has passed an accreditation exam administered by the Green Building Certification Institute. It is intended for professionals interested in building their knowledge on the various aspects of green buildings, such as design, construction, and operation.
Businesses with LEED AP and LEED Green Associates staff members have the advantage of being able to stay ahead of any new developments in green-building-related matters. The accredited staff members can also keep the management informed on the latest news in building energy efficiency and waste reduction programs.
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Steps to Becoming LEED Accredited
- Create a profile at GBCI
- Determine which credential is best suited for your career with these eligibility requirements: Green Associate or Accredited Professional ( BC+C, ID+C, O+M, ND, Homes)
- Apply for an exam at USGBC and pay $50
- Your supervisor will need to write a letter of attestation (example) explaining why LEED is important to your career
- GBCI will qualify you to take the exam
- Schedule the exam at My Credentials and pay $250. For Bostonians, the test taking center is in the Innovation District across from Gillette off of A Street.
- Study! resources below
- Take the exam – approximately 3 hours and you find out immediately upon completion whether you passed or not.
- GreenLearner.com – free registration and unlimited practice tests
- LEED User.com
- USGBC Resources
- USGBC Boston Chapter – periodically hosts LEED study sessions
- USGBC – Leed Reference Guide for Green Building Deisn and Construction
- Green Building Education Services – purchase MP3s of audio LEED prep courses
In The News
- “MA Ranks 4th in U.S. in LEED-Certification Survey” Boston Business Journal, February 2014
- “LEED Seeks to Beef Up Its Credentials” The New York Times, September 2009