Monday, September 30, 2013

USGBC Announces Sunset Date for LEED v3 Credentialing Exams

LEED v4 credential exams
In June 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4 was approved as the new version of the green building rating system, containing several updates to the existing version referred to as LEED 2009 or LEED v3. Now USGBC has announced a sunset date of June 2014 for professionals interested in taking the LEED v3 versions of its LEED professional credentialing exams. After that date, LEED v4 content will be included in the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credential exams.

During this year's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on November 20-22, 2013, USGBC will release updated reference guides and other corresponding materials to reflect the changes in the green building ratings systems.

Highlights of USGBC's announcement regarding the credentialing exams include:
  • The credential designation will remain the same and current credentialed professionals will not need to retest.
  • Exam candidates wishing to test with the current exams should do so before June 2014.
  • Candidates wishing to test on LEED v4 materials should do so after June 2014
If you would like to prepare for the current LEED v3 credentialing tests, Green Education Services offers preparatory courses for LEED Green Associate and LEED AP+. Gaining the certification and practice now will allow you to be grandfathered in when the new version of the exams are launched next summer.
For  more information on LEED v4 as it relates to building project certification, please visit our previous blog post at