LEED AP Exam
LEED is an acronym that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. AP is an acronym that stands for Accredited Professional. The LEED AP program was designed for the purpose of encouraging green building professionals to maintain and increase their expertise and knowledge. GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute) manages the credentialing program and is a source for education, study guides, reference guides, chapter study sessions, and other support. An individual who has a LEED credential is recognized as a competent, educated, qualified, and influential green jobs building professional.
Before a candidate can take the LEED AP exam, he or she must do the following:
- Agree to the Disciplinary and Exam Appeals Policy and Credentialing Maintenance Program as outlined by GBCI.
- Document professional experience on a LEED project within the last 3 years, with verification through LEED Online or employer attestation.
- Submit to application audit. (Five to seven percent of all applications will be audited; candidates will be notified immediately if they are chosen for an audit and will be advised of eligibility within 14 days.)
The LEED AP exam is a multiple-choice, computer-based exam. It is comprised of two parts: the LEED Green Associate exam and the specialty exam. Each part has 100 questions, and the entire test must be completed in four hours.
The cost for taking the LEED AP exam is as follows:
- Application fee: $100
- Exam fee (per exam appointment):
- $300 for USGBC National Members
- $400 for non-members
- Credentialing Maintenance renewal fee: $50 every two years
The LEED AP exam is scored using a scaled process. Scores for each part range from 125 to 200. The minimum passing score is 170 on both parts. Candidates who pass one part of the exam but not the other can retake the part they failed. They are limited to three attempts per application period. If they still fail on the third attempt, they must reapply and pay the fees again.
LEED AP Exam Practice Questions
1. Of the following expenses incurred in the construction, which are hard costs? (choose 2)
B. Architecture fees
C. Concrete contractor’s fee
D. Construction insurance
2. In order to be eligible to become a LEED AP, a candidate MUST do all of the following, EXCEPT:
A. Provide a letter of attestation
B. Agree to the credential maintenance requirements
C. Have previous experience with a LEED Registered Project within three years of the date the application is submitted
D. Be currently involved in a LEED Registered Project
3. Which categories are common to most LEED rating systems? (choose 3)
A. Sustainable Sites
B. Exemplary Performance
C. Energy and Atmosphere
D. Water Efficiency
4. What are some of the benefits of green buildings? (choose 3)
A. They minimize the human use of limited natural resources.
B. They generate less waste.
C. They allow for a decrease in landscaping.
D. They increase human productivity.
5. What is the EIA?
A. Energy Input Alliance
B. Environmental Information Administration
C. Energy Information Administration
D. None of the above
1. A & C: Hard costs are those expenses that are directly tied to the actual construction of the building, for example, land costs, machinery, construction labor, and materials. Soft costs include architectural, engineering, financial, legal, as well as pre- and post-construction expenses.
2. D: The candidate must provide a letter from a supervisor, client, or project manager describing the candidate’s role in the project. Additionally, in accordance with the USGBC requirements:
- The letter must be on letterhead or provide other evidence of its authenticity.
- The body of the attestation should be limited to 1,500 words or less.
- The letter must be dated.
- The letter must be authored and signed by a supervisor, client, project manager, or someone else who is qualified to evaluate the applicant’s performance.
- The author’s title and relationship to the applicant should be demonstrated, for example, include the author’s business card.
- The letter must summarize and confirm the applicant’s involvement with the LEED Project.
- The full name or Project ID for the LEED Project must be provided.
- The dates of the applicant’s relevant involvement in the project must be noted in the letter.
- If the applicant is not currently involved with the noted LEED project, the end date of this involvement cannot be more than three (3) years ago.
Note: 5–7 percent of letters will be audited.
3. A, C, & D: There are six categories common to all LEED products: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. A seventh category, Regional Design, has been developed to address regionally-relevant issues. LEED for Homes has two additional categories: Location and Linkage and Awareness and Education. LEED for Neighborhood Development is organized into three categories: Smart Location and Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern and Design, and Green Infrastructure and Buildings. Exemplary Performance is one way to earn Innovative Design points, but it is not a category.
4. A, B, & D: Regardless of the fact that green buildings are more efficient and comfortable than non-green buildings, they also reduce human use of natural resources, lower operational costs, use less energy, generate less waste, and increase human productivity.
5. C: The EIA, or Energy Information Administration, falls under the Department of Energy (DOE). It publishes the 2003 Commercial Sector Average Energy Costs by State, which, as its name implies, is a resource for calculating the cost of energy by state.