Becoming a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) can enhance your career prospects by giving you specialised skills that can put you ahead of the competition in the building industry. If you have an interest in sustainability, you should consider getting LEED accreditation right away.

Why Should You Get LEEP-AP Certified?

  • The LEED certification is your chance for enhanced recognition worldwide, joining over 100,000 professionals that have earned LEED AP certification.


  • The certification puts you in prime position to work on LEED projects. The examination prepares you for new job opportunities and the classes helps you tap into a network of experienced professionals.


  • Getting LEED-accredited offers you the chance of becoming a major player in the rapidly expanding green economy.


  • LEED Certification makes you attractive to clients that understand how LEED certification can improve the bottom line on a project.


  • You will be able to contribute your quota towards the improvement of the environment.


  • LEED certification is now a prerequisite for a rising number of employers in the building industry.


  • The number of cities around the world that require LEED professionals for construction of projects continues to grow. This means the accreditation could be vital when it comes to taking part in projects around your area.


  • You may not have to pay for LEED exams on your own as more employers now understand the need for an LEED-trained workforce. Companies and public authorities in the building industry will approve of the classes and accreditation exams at little or no extra costs to you.

What Happens to Legacy LEED AP Holders without specialty?

Legacy LEED-AP professionals without specialty are those that took the accreditation exams before June 30th, 2009 and have not yet specialised or continued education every two years as required by the USGBC. If you are a member of this group, you have to re-test to get a specialty. However, the USGBC recognises your knowledge level to be equivalent to the LEED Green Associate which removes the need for the basic exam.  You will only be required to take the two-hour exam, relevant to the specialty you need to be recognised for. If you want to specialise in multiple areas, you will need to take all the relevant exams. After passing the exams, you will then be required to keep up your education and take exams bi-annually to maintain your certification.

What Happens When You Fail the LEED AP but pass the LEED GA after taking both tests for the LEED AP?

If you take the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams in the same exam session and pass the Green Associate but fail the LEED AP, you will be accorded the LEED Green Associate qualification but will not be given the LEED AP qualification. Candidates must keep in mind the fact that the Green Associate credential is important for becoming LEED AP.

Therefore, failing passing the LEED AP exam and failing the Green Associate exam will lead to not obtaining any of the credentials. This is why candidates are often advised to only take the LEEP-AP after success in the LEED-GA or when there is a degree of certainty in at least passing the LEED-GA when going for both certifications at the same time.