LEED Green Associate to LEED AP with Specialty
You’ve already earned your LEED Green Associate accreditation and now you’re ready to take the next step in becoming a LEED expert. It’s time to become a LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty. This level of accreditation provides a professional with more advanced knowledge of sustainable building methods as well as a focus on a particular LEED rating system. The 5 LEED rating systems or specialties include: LEED Building Design & Construction (LEED BD&C), LEED Interior Design & Construction (LEED ID&C), LEED Operations & Maintenance (LEED O&M), LEED Homes (LEED H), LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED ND
Like the LEED Green Associate, the LEED AP with Specialty requires passing a 2 hour, 100 question exam designed by the USGBC. It also requires work experience on a LEED project in order to qualify for the exam. A good option for finding this LEED project experience is to contact your local Habitat for Humanity. This organization generally uses the LEED rating systems to ensure their buildings meet the LEED standards of construction. They will then provide a letter to prove a professional’s efforts on the LEED project making them eligible to take the LEED AP with Specialty exam.
It’s also recommended that a professional take a training course to prepare for the LEED AP with Specialty exam. Everblue Training Institute provides a variety of options to prepare for this test such as live courses, webinars, study materials, and practice questions. They are currently training professionals on the Building Design and Construction specialty and the Operations and Maintenance specialty since these are two of the more popular rating systems.
Visit their website www.everblue.edu for details.
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