LEED Professional Credentials

Test your green building knowledge. To become a LEED Green Associate or LEED Accredited Professional, engineers, architects, planners, designers, construction managers and others must demonstrate a thorough understanding of LEED Rating Systems. That means staying current with green building technology and practices. Expertise in specific industry sectors. And proven skills and experience to successfully manage the LEED certification process. LEED Professional Credentials remain the mark of green building excellence for individuals within a rapidly-changing marketplace.

Credentialing Fundamentals

LEED credentialing is managed by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and includes registration/application, the LEED exam and continuing education. Accreditation falls into two general categories:

LEED Green Associate: For professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice – denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

LEED AP: Signifies advanced knowledge in green building practices and reflects the ability to specialize in a particular LEED Rating System. First is the LEED Green Associate exam; second is a specialty exam based on one of the LEED Rating Systems. To be eligible for a LEED AP exam, you must have experience working on a LEED project within the last three years. Specialty credentials include:

  • LEED AP Operations + Maintenance
  • LEED AP Homes
  • LEED AP Building Design + Construction
  • LEED AP Interior Design + Construction
  • LEED AP Neighborhood Development

Continuous Learning

The LEED Professional Credential program continues to evolve and grow. Key improvements phased in during 2009 include: three levels of excellence to distinguish basic, advanced, and extraordinary knowledge; eligibility requirements for all exam levels; and continuing professional development through the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP).

Many USGBC exam prep and reference materials are available to help individuals gain and maintain LEED credentials. GBCI also offers a valuable step-by-step guide to the entire LEED exam process. Contact us for more information on Missouri Gateway exam prep courses, continuing education opportunities, and more.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway has created several resources to support LEED Professionals’ understanding of the CMP.  Download a quick reference for understanding how to earn CMP continuing education hours, refer to definitions of common CMP terms, view a step-by-step guide to reporting your CMP activity, and use a tracking document to organize your CE activities and hours.  In addition to these resources, be sure to read the GBCI CMP Guide and GBCI CMP Enrollment Guide (for LEED APs without specialty), and explore GBCI’s CMP Toolbox.

To find a local LEED Green Associate or LEED AP, see the Missouri Gateway Chapter member directory or search via the national LEED AP database.