I passed the LEED Green Associate exam! I am extremely happy and relieved! In fact the weeks leading to the exam were nerve-wracking simply because of the immense amount of content I felt I needed to know. The test itself was not easy and the verbiage used in the questions can be confusing.
Now for the good news, I passed and so can you. My journey started in mid-September and I continued to study until November 11th which was my exam date. I have to be honest some weeks I studied more then other weeks but I tried my best to remain consistent which was key to my success.
The test is not cheap so I saved myself some money by checking out both USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide and Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide through my public library using the Interlibrary Loan System. Make sure to contact your public library for more information. I did however purchase GreenLearner’s exam stimulator for $35 which proved to be a great investment. The exams are randomly generated and you’re able to see your performance in each LEED category after every test. GreenLearner is currently offering $5 off your purchase if you email them via their contact page just let them know Free to Design Green sent you. On a side note please make sure to read part 3 of my journey which has three links to free practice exams.
Here are my top 5 tips for those of you who are looking into taking and successfully passing the LEED Green Associate exam:
- Give yourself enough time to thoroughly prepare for this exam. Start Early!
- Take as many practice exams as possible.
- Openly receive the advice of others who have successfully passed the exam. I talk more about this in part 2 of my journey.
- At the beginning of my journey I did attend a study program through my local USGBC Chapter. This was very beneficial because I received the information I needed to get started.
- Stop studying at least an hour before you take the exam to give your brain a break. This worked for me but I understand everyone is different.
It is now credential maintenance time! Within 72 hours of passing the exam your results will be processed and your my credentials account will be updated. You must maintain your credential by earning 15 continuing education hours every two years. Make sure to download the CMP Guide as this will be your step-by-step handbook.
Leave me a comment if you would like more information on the types of presentations and events I will be attending to maintain my credential. To leave a comment please click on leave a comment under the title.