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How to Get Started With LEED

One of the most common questions we see is, “How do I get started with LEED?” LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the leading green building standard around the world. If you’re working in the architecture, engineering, or construction industries, you’ve probably heard the acronym tossed around by your colleagues. Before you dive into the rabbit role of Google searches (because trust me, there will be THOUSANDS of websites about LEED Certification), let’s go over the major things you need to know.

History of LEED
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the LEED standard in 1993 to set a benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of “green” buildings. Since its inception, LEED has undergone a series of updates in order to stay relevant and provide effective solutions for the future.

Enter LEED Version 4
We’re now in the fourth version of the LEED standard. The LEED v4 exams debuted on June 30, 2014. Anyone who pursues LEED at this point will be preparing for a LEED v4 credential.

Speaking of Credentials…
The first step you will take to enter the LEED industry is to earn a LEED Green Associate credential. This designation is required for all green building professionals who want to pursue LEED. The LEED Green Associate designation is for anyone who wants an understanding of basic green building principles.

What Comes Next?
After you earn your LEED Green Associate, you have two options.

If you are satisfied at the LEED Green Associate level, you will need to work toward acquiring 15 hours of continuing education over the next two years. That’s all it takes to maintain your credential. This must be done every two years.

If you are interested in diving deeper into the LEED industry, you might consider earning an advanced LEED credential, known as a LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty. There are five specialties to be had – Building Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Interior Design and Construction, Homes, and Neighborhood Development. As you can see, each of these specialties aligns with different roles or goals in the green building process. Should you decide to pursue a LEED AP credential, your continuing education requirements increase to 30 hours over two years.

Let’s Take a Step Back

If you’re reading this article, you are probably brand new to the industry or fairly new to LEED. To get started, you will want to enroll in a LEED training course – a LEED Green Associate course, to be specific. In this class, you will get an introduction to LEED and learn about the concepts that will be on the credentialing exam. Following your LEED exam prep course, you will schedule your LEED exam at a nearby Prometric Testing Center. The LEED Green Associate exam has 100 multiple-choice questions. You will be required to score 170 out of 200 to pass.

Right now, you may be feeling overwhelmed, but I promise, it doesn’t have to be this way. The great thing about taking an exam prep course is that you not only hone in on the exam concepts, but you’ll gain a holistic view of why LEED is important, how it benefits the environment, what you can do with a LEED credential, and information about the exam interface. The purpose of an exam prep course is to put you at ease and make the process of acquiring a LEED designation less stressful! And it works, too. Check out our reviews page where our students talk about how effectiveness their LEED exam prep course was. To find the closest LEED course to you, please visit our LEED Green Associate Training page.


July 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

LEED v3 Exam Scheduling Comes to a Close

As you may be aware, the current version of the LEED Exam will be expiring on June 15, 2014. There will be a period from June 15-30 where there will be no LEED Exams administered. The LEED v4 Exam will launch on July 1 at a Prometric Testing Center near you.

Many are cramming to schedule their LEED v3 exam before the June 15 cut-off. Unfortunately, what they’re finding is that the exam slots are filling up at a rapid pace.

If you are new to LEED or thinking about pursuing an advanced LEED credential, you should first visit the Prometric website and see what kind of availability exists for the LEED v3 exam in your area.

How to Schedule Your LEED Exam

  1. Visit the Prometric website here:
  2. Choose the Locate a Test Center icon.
  3. Select your country and state.*
  4. Choose the LEED exam in question (LEED Green Associate, LEED AP Building Design and Construction, etc.)
  5. Identify the city or zip code for your location.
  6. Click the Availability link for the test center(s) in your area.
  7. Review the calendar (through June 15) to determine availability.

*The Prometric website may ask you to submit your county/state location information several times before allowing you to advance.



If you do not see any available exam appointments in your area, don’t worry. Everblue has LEED v4 Exam Prep Training available for you NOW so you don’t have to delay your efforts. We are currently the only LEED training provider with this content available. Whether you are looking for live classroom training or online learning, Everblue is the perfect choice to help you pursue a LEED Accreditation.

June 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm 1 comment

LEED Certification Process: Before the Exam

Achieving a LEED Credential can be quite a process. It requires more than simply taking an exam and calling it a day. The purpose of attaining such a certification is to demonstrate one’s expertise in the green building industry. This persona should be supported by extensive preparation, experience, knowledge, and maintenance. In fact, the USGBC requires that a LEED candidate undergo multiple criteria to be eligible for different tiers in the LEED Rating System.

The mandatory first step for an individual is to take LEED Exam Prep training. The main benefit of taking a LEED preparation course is the time that it saves. A student who attends a training course easily saves 3-4 hours of time for each hour that they spend in a concentrated learning environment. For example, someone taking a class might spend 14 hours in the classroom and another 20 hours studying for a total of 34 hours, compared to an individual studying on their own who might easily spend more than 100 hours trying to get to the same level of competency. So, the question is really about how someone values saving 70 hours of their time.

To choose a good program, a student should look at third-party indicators of their quality. Is the program from an accredited school? Is the organization offering the program an education provider for the U.S. Green Building Council? What do online reviews from former students say about the program?

The programs that waste students’ money most often are from small and inexperienced companies who do not have the expertise to properly design a course to successfully prepare students for their exam. Does the program reference former clients? Are they partnered with large corporations and universities for delivery of their classes?

Upon completion of the LEED prep class, an individual should take 2-3 weeks of self-study time to really make sure they understand the information that will be on the LEED Exam. They should have received a Certificate of Completion from their training provider, which will give them eligibility to register for the LEED Exam. It is within this time period that an individual is recommended to schedule their LEED Exam. Having a test date looming in the horizon is an especially high motivator.

November 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

Pass the LEED Exam and Learn About LEED Certification

In order to become LEED Green Associated accredited, one must pass the LEED GA exam created by the USGBC. But how do you get started preparing for the exam? What should you expect from the test? Where does the exam take place? In order to qualify to take this exam, one must either take an approved LEED GA course or have proof that you have worked on a certified LEED project. In most cases, it is recommended to take a LEED GA course since this will best prepare you for the exam. Everblue, the nation’s largest training institute for LEED training, offers the live course you need to become a LEED GA expert and qualify for the exam.

This Everblue course teaches the LEED rating system and LEED project processes required to create sustainable buildings and communities. Everblue offers these LEED GA classes everywhere – it’s almost certain that there will be a class near your own neighborhood. And a huge benefit to this live course is the study materials, cheat sheets and practice exam questions you receive. The practice questions closely resemble the actual LEED GA test questions so you’ll know what to expect when you go in to ace the exam.

Once you’ve completed the LEED GA class, it’s recommended that you study on your own using these Everblue-provided materials for 2 to 3 weeks. The exam is a 2 hour, 100 question, computer-based test given at Prometric centers located all over the country. The test is closed-book, so it’s important to memorize the LEED GA information. Please note that it’s best to wait until you know you are prepared before you schedule your exam! When you are ready, look up the Prometric testing center closest to your location on the Prometric website and schedule your exam. It’s that simple. And because of the benefits of becoming LEED GA accredited, in only makes sense to take these steps to boosting your career!

August 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm 1 comment

Who benefits from earning a LEED Green Associate accreditation?

Anyone interested in understanding more about building energy efficient, sustainable commercial and residential buildings and communities should take the necessary steps to becoming LEED GA accredited.  LEED, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the most expansive environmental design and green building certification.  It is not only one of the most recognized certifications in the industry, but it is also the benchmark for meeting the gold standard in sustainability.  This green building and maintenance approach serves everyone by conserving resources and creating a healthier environment.  But to the individuals in the building design, construction, and operations industries, it means becoming a more marketable, in-demand professional.  Such individuals include, but are not limited to, Mechanical Engineers or Engineering Managers (PE), Project Managers (PM), Sustainability Consultants, Commissioning Services Engineers HVAC, LEED/Green Building Sales Representatives, Project Architects, Electrical Engineers, Interior Design Architects, Energy Analysts, and Project Architects.
The LEED GA certification is the first step in becoming part of this fast-growing field.  It provides a high-level view of the many areas of sustainable building including the LEED rating systems, building types, and methodologies.  In order to gain this credential, one must take a LEED GA course covering this information and receive a certificate of course completion or gain LEED project experience and provide a letter proof.  This is followed by a computer-based exam designed by the USGBC.   To find out more about LEED Green Associate, available training courses, and other energy-saving certifications, visit Everblue Training Institute’s website, the nation’s leading green educator.
To find out more about LEED Green Associate, available training courses, and other energy-saving certifications, visit Everblue Training Institute’s website, the nation’s leading green educator.

August 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm 1 comment

Traveling to Get Your LEED Certification

Do you need to get your LEED certification this year? If so then you might want to think about taking an exam in a city that is not the one where you live. You can travel to a 2-day workshop in almost any major city in the United States and study for the exam there.

Reasons that you might want to travel to get your certification to become a LEED Green Associate include:

  • You might be able to write off a portion of the trip on your taxes. This is a business expense and may be able to count as business travel depending on your business. Talk to your accountant about this.
  • You will be very focused on your classes. When you aren’t distracted by all that is going on at home you can really focus on what you need to learn in an intensive two-day workshop like this.
  • You will get a chance to travel. Ultimately the reason to do this is to get away for a little bit and to see a new city while still doing something productive with your time.

You can take the courses that you need to pass your LEED exam in your own hometown. Why would you do that, though, when you have the option to travel somewhere for a nice weekend instead?!

December 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm 2 comments

Six Questions About LEED

1. What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system ensuring a building or community is designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance and quality of life. There are four rating systems for achieving LEED certification: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, and LEED Platinum. These LEED certification rating systems are designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. They are based on accepted energy and environmental principles and strike a balance between established practices and emerging concepts.

The LEED certification rating systems range from 40 credits to 80 credits. LEED Accredited Professionals must set a goal for a specific LEED certification and must abide by the appropriate guidelines to achieve credits. Each LEED certification level consists of a 20-credit range. The ranges are as follows: LEED Certified 40-49, LEED Silver 50-59, LEED Gold 60-79, and LEED Platinum 80+.

Individuals earn LEED accreditation. The LEED Green Associate is the newest LEED credential and the required first step before taking the LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Exam. The LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. The second level is the LEED AP+ offered in five different specialties denoting prolific knowledge of green building.

2. Is LEED certification necessary for engineers?

Although it is not mandatory for engineers to have a LEED credential, seeing LEED accreditation on a resume certainly adds more credibility when bidding on proposals. In addition, LEED Accredited Professionals benefit from lower operating costs, increased asset value, tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives by demonstrating a commitment to social responsibility through environmental stewardship.

3. How to apply and study for LEED testing.

To be eligible to take the LEED Green Associate exam (the first step in a two-tier system to attain LEED AP credential) a candidate must either work in a sustainable field of work, worked in support of a LEED-registered project, or attended an education program that addresses green building principles. Everblue’s LEED Exam Prep Course satisfies this requirement and guides candidates through studying for the exam.

Everblue’s nationwide LEED exam prep courses sufficiently prepare a candidate to succeed on LEED exams. The live instruction LEED exam prep course should be the beginning of one’s studies, followed by 2-3 weeks of self-study with materials provided by Everblue, followed by the computerized exam. Candidates who complete our LEED exam prep course and devote the recommended 20-30 hours of studying prior to taking the exam report a passing rate of over 90% as opposed to the general 30%-34% pass rate.

4. What does the test involve? Content, length, etc.

The LEED Green Associate exam and the five LEED AP+ Specialty exams are each comprised of 100 multiple choice questions, multiple answer questions that must be completed in two hours. The exam is proctored at a Prometric Testing Center and is available to take six days a week, as the candidate schedules to take it.
Exam questions default to the best answer, and scores range from 125-200. Individuals receive a passing score when they have earned 170 points. Wrong answers do not count against the individual. Because it is a computer-based test, there are no scheduled breaks. Digital watches are not permitted, as calculators will be provided. Prometric will also provide scrap paper and pencils for any calculations.

Individuals should arrive 15 minutes early at the Prometric Testing Center and should bring a photo ID with the individual’s signature. Headphones and lockers will be available to individuals taking the exam. To register for the exam, visit

5. Recommended study materials

GBCI’s website offers candidate handbooks which lists general references to study. GBCI also has reference guides available for purchase.

Everblue’s LEED Exam Prep Course provides two full-day live instruction, 7 memorization worksheets, study guides, 400 practice questions, practice exams, an Everblue exam handbook, and personal attention to a candidate’s needs to ensure success on the LEED exam. Everblue’s instructors are also available to provide further guidance following the exam prep course.

6. What classes can I take?

Everblue’s LEED Exam Prep Course is offered at multiple locations nationally and internationally. Everblue offers exam prep courses for the LEED Green Associate exam, as well as LEED AP+ Specialty exams.

Everblue will soon be offering courses in sustainable design, LEED continuing education, Home Energy Rating Services (HERS) certification, and solar photovoltaic training.

Please check the website for the next available course nearest you.

November 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm 1 comment

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