Becoming a LEED® Accredited Professional

A LEED® Accredited Professional is an individual in the building industry who has voluntarily participated in the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) accreditation and certification program.  They have demonstrated a complete understanding of green building and the LEED® Green Building Rating System, and have gained the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate the LEED® certification process.  There are currently over 60,000 individuals who have passed the exam and hold accreditation.There are no prerequisites for taking the LEED® Professional Accreditation exam, however, the following are recommended:•    Building industry knowledge and tenure in green building•    Familiarity with the documentation process for LEED® certified projects•    Knowledge of LEED® credit intents, requirements, submittals, technologies and strategies within your discipline•    Practical experience working with multiple design disciplines•    Understanding of life cycle costs and benefits of LEED®•    Familiarity with LEED® resources and processesThere are three exam tracks you can take when approaching your LEED® AP certification: LEED® for New Construction, Commercial Interiors and Existing Buildings.  LEED® AP certification can be achieved by completing any single exam track.Becoming a LEED® Accredited Professional will contribute to your professional development and strengthen your green building qualifications.  It will give more weight when marketing your green building knowledge to potential clients or employers, and will add one point to the score of any LEED® project you participate in.  You also have the option to be listed in the GBCI’s (green Building Certification Institute) directory of LEED® APs.

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