LEED

About

  • What is LEED Certification?
  • Why should a building become LEED Certified?

Become a Leed Green Associate or AP

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty

Online Education

  • Platinum Packs
  • Practice Exams and Study Guides
  • LEED/AIA Continuing Education 

Credential Maintence 


ABOUT

What is LEED certification?

The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction, and operations. LEED is a points based system where projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. There are six LEED credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. Projects must satisfy particular prerequisites and earn points in each category. The number of points a building receives determines the level of LEED certification. The four levels are Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

 

Why should a building become LEED certified?

LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. Receive a listing in the online LEED project directory, searched by thousands of people every week, and marketing support from USGBC’s in-house experts to maximize your achievements. Since LEED was launched, green building has become firmly established in the marketplace and flourished despite the economic recession.

For more information on the LEED rating system, visit www.usgbc.org/leed


Become a LEED Green Associate or AP

LEED Professional Credential helps you stand out by increasing your opportunity for employment, job stability and promotion, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.

Prior to 2009, all LEED accredited individuals were referred to as LEED Accredited Professionals or LEED APs.  Since 2009 the USGBC has recognized three tiers of LEED accreditation:

  • The LEED Green Associate denotes a basic knowledge of LEED and green buildings.
  • The LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty denotes advanced knowledge of one specific LEED rating system.
  • The LEED Fellow recognizes an individual with 10 or more years of experience and 8 years of LEED accreditation.

LEED Green Associate

Candidates for the LEED Green Associate are required to pass a 2-hour exam, which focuses on the LEED rating system and introductory green building concepts. The LEED Green Associate exam is administered at local Prometric testing centers. Candidates are highly encouraged to purchase the LEED Green Associate Exam Study Guide from the USGBC. USGBC Massachusetts coordinates a LEED Green Associate study group and also offers a 1-day LEED Green Associate exam preparation workshops.  See our calendar for dates and more information.

LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty

Candidates for the LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty are required to pass the 2-hour LEED Green Associate exam and a 2-hour specialty exam.  Candidates may choose to take these exams in a single 4-hour testing session or they may choose to first pass the 2-hour LEED Green Associate exam and later sit for the 2-hour specialty exam.  The specialty exam focuses on one particular rating system: LEED Building Design + Construction, LEED Operations + Maintenance, LEED Interior Design + Construction, LEED Neighborhood Development or LEED Homes.  The LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty exam is administered at local Prometric testing centers.

Candidates are highly encouraged to purchase the relevant USGBC Reference Guide (LEED BD+C v4, LEED Homes v4, LEED ID+C v4 or LEED O+M v4 from the USGBC. 


Online LEED Education

Platinum Packs - click on an image below to read more 

The Platinum Pack is comprised of four components, practice tests, flash cards, on-demand webinars, and the study guide. Each of these components are designed to challenge, quiz and educate you in a slightly different manner. If you do not see the platinum pack for the exam that you desire, please check here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Both the practice exam and study guide have been the popular tools for those looking to prepare for the exam. If you do not see the study guide and practice material for the exam that you desire, please check here

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LEED/AIA Continuing Education - click on an image below to read more 

Now it's easier than ever to earn your continuing education hours. With access to our growing library of online courses, you can pick and choose the topics that interest you most. Purchase access for the number of hours you need, then add courses from our course catalog to your account. You can add more hours to your account at any time. Purchase your hours now by clicking on the offerings below. View the list of courses. - See more here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Credential Maintence

Those individuals who earned the LEED Accredited Professional designation (prior to 2009) are not required to complete continuing education, while those who have earned the LEED Green Associate and/or LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty (since 2009) are required to meet continuing education requirements. 

LEED Green Associate must earn 15 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential.  LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty must earn 30 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential. 

There are four key areas where continuing education (CE) hours can be earned in order to maintain your credential:

1. Education

Education should be relevant to green building and in the form of preferred courses and presentations from registered providers, self-reported courses and presentations, college and University courses and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.  Participants receive 1 CE hour per hour of education. Be sure to check out theChapter's webinar offerings to help you with your continuing education.

2. LEED Project Participation

LEED project participation includes work on a project registered for LEED certification.  Participants receive 1 CE hour per project.

3. Authorship

Authorship is a credited contribution to a print or digital publication and is worth 3 CE hours for published article and 10 CE hours for published book.

4. Volunteering

Volunteering includes participation on the USGBC or GBCI Board of Directors, steering committees, USGBC Massachusetts Board of Directors, USGBC Massachusetts committees or other volunteer organizations that support the LEED system.  Acceptable activities include attending meetings, planning events, performing research, etc.  Volunteers can claim 1 CE hour per hour of participation.

More information on USGBC credential maintenance: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials