When You Need to Get LEED Certified Fast
The principles that comprise the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard apply to a myriad of professionals in the construction, architecture, and engineering industries. Depending on your company and your job title, you may be more involved with LEED projects than others. Oftentimes these projects necessitate having someone on the team who has earned their LEED accreditation. Somehow, you’ve entered into your position and its responsibilities without a LEED credential, and now you’re scrambling to figure out how you can “get LEED certified” in a hurry.
Here’s what you have to do.
First, you will want to sign up for LEED exam prep training.
The most successful strategy for passing your LEED Green Associate exam is to prepare for it! Given that you’re under a time crunch, you don’t want to waste your time trying to memorize EVERYTHING and also trying to figure out what’s actually going to be on the test. Instead, focus your efforts in a LEED exam prep class where you will learn from a training company that has experience with the test. There are a number of LEED training companies out there; you’ll want to look for one that has been marked as a USGBC Education Provider. The USGBC is the standard-bearer for LEED, so you’ll know that you’ve chosen a reputable and effective training company if it has the USGBC stamp of approval.
During your LEED Green Associate training, you’ll not only get insight into the test material, but you’ll also gain a familiarity with the exam interface. This is incredibly important because it removes any nerves or uncertainty that you may have going into your LEED exam. When you arrive at the Prometric Testing Center for your exam appointment, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
A LEED training course generally lasts 2 days, or 14 hours. No matter what class you attend, your trainer is going to recommend an additional 2-3 weeks of self-study time to make sure you really understand the information inside and out. You will also be encouraged to schedule your exam appointment following that 3-week mark. If you don’t schedule your exam shortly after training, you’ll end up losing some of the knowledge you gained. And do not procrastinate scheduling the exam – if you tell yourself that you’re not ready or that you’ll do it later, you never will. Having an exam deadline looming over your head will actually help keep you on track.
The LEED GA exam lasts two hours. Because the test is delivered over the Internet, you will know your score immediately after you’re done.
All in all, you can expect a time commitment of around 36 hours to prepare for your LEED Green Associate exam. If you have experience in sustainability and green building, you can cut out some of the self-study time. It all really depends on what type of learner you are and how much experience you have in the industry.
So you’re in a hurry to earn your LEED credential. Go ahead and sign up for a LEED prep class. Get the process started. You’ll learn an immense amount of information in class that will be immediately applicable to the LEED projects that you’re working on. If anyone asks, you’ll be well on your way to earning your LEED Green Associate!