LEED Professional Credentials

A LEED credential denotes proficiency in today’s sustainable design, construction, and operations standards. Showcase your knowledge, experience and credibility in the green building marketplace as a LEED professional.

Credentialing Fundamentals

LEED accreditation falls into two general categories:

LEED Green AssociateA foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles. This credential is ideal for those new to green buildings, plus product manufactures, students, real estate professionals & contractors.

LEED APAn advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system and the certification process. The full LEED AP exam includes the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty tests. Current LEED Green Associates can take the specialty-only portion. Prior experience working on a LEED project is strongly recommended, but not required.

Specialty credentials include:

  • LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M)
  • LEED AP Homes
  • LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
  • LEED AP Interior Design + Construction (LEED AP ID+C)
  • LEED AP Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND)

LEED Fellows: LEED Fellows are LEED APs who have acquired significant technical knowledge and skills. They also have a history of exemplary leadership, impactful commitment, service, and advocacy in green building and sustainability. LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. We commend the LEED Fellows from the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Territory! Explore the LEED Fellow Directory Online here.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter regularly offers LEED Exam Prep Courses. Review our upcoming courses here

Continuous Learning

LEED Professional Credentials require continuing professional development. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within two years of passing their exam, while LEED Accredited Professionals must earn 30 continuing education hours. The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter offers in person and online education for LEED professionals. Join us at an upcoming education event soon!