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How to Get LEED-Certified

LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. If you're a building professional, get your project or community LEED-certified.


  • Step 1: Visit the USGBC website Visit the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) site. USGBC is an organization promoting standards for cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
  • TIP: Attend a USGBC state chapter meeting. Some chapters may offer help to LEED candidates.
  • Step 2: Learn about LEED Learn about LEED, a world recognized green building certification system by USGBC. It provides third party verification of building design standards
  • Step 3: Go to the GBCI website Go to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) website if you're a professional preparing for an LEED certification exam.
  • TIP: GBCI administers the certification process for all green commercial or institutional projects.
  • Step 4: Learn about types of LEED exams Learn about the different types of LEED exams including the LEED Green Associate exam, the Home Green Rater exam, and various LEED AP exams. Choose which one suits your needs.
  • Step 5: Read GBCI's Certification Guide Read GBCI's Certification Guide. Learn how to prepare and submit your LEED certification application. Also learn about the application review process.
  • Step 6: Enroll in a GBCI online LEED workshop Enroll in one of GBCI's instructor-led online LEED workshops. The workshops teach applicants how to successfully implement LEED into their projects.
  • Step 7: Apply for the exam Apply at GBCI's website and read exam eligibility requirements. Enter credit card info to pay the application fee, then await your exam application approval notification.
  • Step 8: Receive a passing score Receive a passing score of 170 or higher and you'll be authorized for the LEED credential title. Certificates arrive about 2-3 months after your test date.
  • FACT: Known for his green lifestyle, actor Ed Begley Jr. uses an electricity-generating stationary bicycle to toast bread for his breakfast.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Test application fee
  • USGBC state chapter meeting (optional)

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