Earning and maintaining your LEED AP with specialty credential

You've taken one or more courses and studied everything there is to know – now it's time to take the exam and earn your credential. The two-hour LEED AP exams are administered through the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), in conjunction with the USGBC.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates must agree to the Disciplinary and Exam Appeals Policy, credential maintenance, and submit to an application audit. Click here to learn more. Candidates are strongly recommended to have prior LEED project experience as it is critical to the designation and, as such, project proficiency will be tested objectively within the LEED AP exam itself.

Credential maintenance requirements

LEED APs must maintain their credential by earning 30 continuing education (CE) hours every two-year reporting period. Click here to learn more now.


Exam fee:

Combined exam: $400* for members and $550 for non-members
Specialty exam only: $250* for members and $350 for non-members
Credential maintenance renewal fee: $85 every two years

For combined exam (both Part 1, the LEED Green Associate exam, and Part 2, the LEED AP specialty exam):

  • USGBC or CaGBC national members: $400*
  • Non-members: $550*

For the LEED AP specialty exam only:

  • USGBC or CaGBC national members: $250*
  • Non-members: $350*

*Please note these fees are in US dollars. Active CaGBC member companies can receive the member discount for the LEED Professional exams. To receive this discount you must contact GBCI either by phone 1-202-742-3792 or fill out the 'contact us' form online and let us know that you are an employee of a CaGBC company, state the company name, and we will update your GBCI My Credentials profile.

If you do not have a USGBC account, please create one at www.usgbc.org prior to contacting us.