Taking the LEED Exam

Want to become a LEED-accredited professional in Western Pennsylvania?  Green Building Alliance is here to help interested students and professionals in the Pittsburgh, Erie, and Johnstown areas achieve that goal!  Review the summarized steps below to learn just what you need to do.

Preparing for and taking a LEED exam:

Step 1)  Decide which test to take.  Everyone is eligible to take the LEED Green Associate exam, but those interested in taking a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) exam must first have passed the LEED Green Associate exam (though it is possible to take both exams in one sitting).  For more details and to determine eligibility, read U.S. Green Building Council’s overview of LEED professional credentials here.

Need to prepare with an expert? Consider attending an upcoming LEED prep class

Step 2)  Create a USGBC user account:

Visit www.usgbc.org (click on “Sign in,” then “Create a Site User Account”).  If applicable, be sure to include your company’s corporate ID number when you register to get the member discount.

Step 3)  Register for the exam with your USGBC user account and pay the associated fees.

  • To register, visit www.usgbc.org and click on “My Credentials.”  Sign in using the USGBC username and password you created in Step 2.  Select “Apply for an Exam.”
  • Review and update your profile.
  • Upload any requested eligibility documentation; read and agree to the terms.
  • Enter payment information (see the prices listed below).
Step 4)  Schedule the exam.  LEED exams are taken through Prometric Testing Centers, and they are now also offered online as of 2020.  There are several testing centers in the region, which are listed below.  Here are the steps for scheduling an exam:
  • Visit www.usgbc.org and click on “My Credentials”; sign in using your USGBC username and password.
  • Confirm member status.
  • Complete your eligibility ID and go to www.prometric.com/gbci to schedule an exam appointment.
  • Enter your Eligibility ID, select a test site, schedule a date and time, and enter payment information.
  • When the exam appointment is scheduled, Prometric will send an email confirmation.

Step 5)  Start studying! Green Building Alliance offers its LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course multiple times each year, and other organizations provide training programs, too. See GBA’s event calendar to find the next one near you. Keep In Mind: We suggest a preparation period of four to eight weeks, so keep that in mind when scheduling the exam (AP exams will likely require more time). Self-guided studying and preparation is necessary after the course, and participants of GBA’s course will receive specific study materials prepared by our staff. GBA also suggests taking the GBES practice exams following the course, to identify strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your studies.

LEED Testing Fees:

  • The LEED Green Associate  exam costs $200 for USGBC members, $250 for non-members, and $100 for students.  There is also an $80 credential maintenance fee every two years.
  • The LEED AP exam is $250 for USGBC members and $350 for non-members, if they have already passed the LEED Green Associate Exam.  There is also an $80 credential maintenance fee every two years.

Note that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers the credentialing programs for USGBC, so GBCI actually determines if you’ve passed the exam, and also manages your credentials through USGBC.

Local Prometric Testing Centers:

Upon scheduling the exam, test-takers can select the date, time, and location that works best for their schedules.  Here is a sample list of regional testing centers:

  • Pittsburgh, PA (North Hills)
    5700 Corporate Dr., Suite 400
    Pittsburgh Research Park
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237
  • Monroeville, PA
    4055 Monroeville Blvd.
    Bldg 1, Suite 135
    Monroeville, PA 15146
  • Morgantown, WV
    6 Riddle Court
    West Virginia University
    Morgantown, WV 26505
  • Erie, PA
    7200 Peach St., Suite 440
    Summit Towne Centre
    Erie, PA 16509

Maintaining Your Credentials:

Once you pass the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP exam, you’ll need to maintain your credentials. LEED Green Associates need 15 continuing education units every 2 years, and LEED APs need 30 of them. Luckily, just about all GBA events can get you credits towards your credentials. Even if a GBA event is not promoted as having LEED hours pre-approved, it’s very likely that you can self-report for most of them – contact the Education Department if you have questions about this.