GBCI - Green Building Certification Institute
GBCI was founded to drive implementation of the LEED green building program and has proved instrumental in ensuring LEED remains the world's most widely used green building program. By administering additional complementary rating systems that cover nearly every facet of the sustainability industry, GBCI has grown to include a suite of nearly 10 certification programs and 15 professional credentials and certificates.
GBCI's credentials demonstrate proficiency in green building and sustainability and are a way for professionals to showcase their knowledge, experience and credibility in the green building and sustainability marketplace.
There are three tiers in the LEED professional credentials program:
Tier 1: LEED Green Associate
Tier 2: LEED AP with specialty
Tier 3: LEED Fellow
The following certifications are offered at Prometric testing centers.
- LEED AP Building Design + Construction Combined GBCI Payment (BDCOF)
- LEED AP Building Design + Construction Stand Alone GBCI Payment (BDFRE)
- LEED AP Homes Combined GBCI Payment (HMCOF)
- LEED AP Homes Stand Alone GBCI Payment (HMFRE)
- LEED AP Interior Design + Construction Combined GBCI Payment (IDCOF)
- LEED AP Interior Design + Construction Combined GBCI Payment (IDFRE)
- LEED AP Neighborhood Development Combined GBCI Payment (NDCOF)
- LEED AP Neighborhood Development Stand Alone GBCI Payment (NDFRE)
- LEED AP Operations + Maintenance Combined GBCI Payment (OMCOF)
- LEED AP Operations + Maintenance Stand Alone GBCI Payment (OMFRE)
- LEED for Homes Green Rater Exam (GR)
- LEED Green Associate Exam Stand Alone GBCI Payment (GAFRE)
- LEED Reviewer Exam GBCI Payment (LRFRE)
- SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) Credential Examination
- WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) Credential Examination
For GBCI exam, the examinee must present one form of government-issued ID. The ID must be valid and must bear the signature and photograph and should be in English Language. Acceptable IDs include Passport and SMART CNIC.
It is very important that the name with which you register must exactly match the name appearing on your ID card. If there are any name discrepancies, then you would be asked for other valid IDs. Even then, if the name on your presented IDs does not match your registered name, the candidate will not be allowed to take the exam.
At USEFP testing centers, GBCI exam is offered four days a week, Monday through Thursday, throughout the year.
The fees associated with the LEED Green Associate are a $50 application fee, a $200 exam fee (per exam appointment) for USGBC national members and full-time students or $250 exam fee (per exam appointment) for all others, and an $85 biennial CMP renewal fee.
The fees associated with the LEED AP exams are a $100 application fee and either a $300 exam fee (per exam appointment) for USGBC national members or a $450 exam fee (per exam appointment) for non-members. For existing LEED Green Associates that wish to take the specialty exam only, there is either a $150 exam fee (per exam appointment) for USGBC national members or a $250 exam fee (per exam appointment) for non-members. There is also an $85 biennial CMP renewal fee.
For detailed and updated information about GBCI credentials fee please visit the following link: https://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials
Log in to your Credentials account using your existing USGBC® site user account or create a new account if you do not have one. Select the desired exam under the "Credentials" section and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the exam registration application.
When you register for the exam, make sure your name is entered as it appears exactly on your legal ID that you will be using when you take your exam. If your native language utilizes non-Roman characters, be sure to use Roman characters when entering your name in your site-user account and when registering for the exam.
You must have paid GBCI for your exam during registration prior to scheduling with Prometric. To schedule online, you must provide an e-mail address. Prometric will send you an e-mail confirming your appointment.
Rescheduling/Cancellation of Exam:
To reschedule or cancel an exam appointment, you will need your Prometric-issued 16-digit confirmation number. Rescheduling fee is described in the table below:
|Days until exam||Refunds||Reschedules|
|30 days or more||Yes||Yes|
|3-29 days||Yes ($50 fee)||Yes ($50 fee)|
|2 days or less||No||No|
You may reschedule or cancel your exam up 30 days prior to your exam without a fee. If you reschedule or cancel an exam fewer than 30 days but more than 3 days before the scheduled date, you will be charged a $50 fee. You cannot reschedule your exam after midnight on the third day before the scheduled appointment. (For example, Wednesday appointments cannot be rescheduled after Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST)
When you reschedule an exam, you will receive a new email confirmation. If you do not, please contact Prometric immediately to confirm your exam was rescheduled.
If you are absent from your exam appointment, and you did not reschedule according to the policy, or if you are denied access to an appointment due to a failure to present proper identification, you must contact GBCI before scheduling another appointment. Candidates who are denied access to the appointment or who miss a scheduled exam appointment will forfeit their exam session and fees and will have to register and pay for a new exam session.
A score of 170 or higher is required to pass all the LEED professional exams. You must earn a scaled score of 170. The scaled score for all GBCI exams ranges from 125-200. The scaled score is calculated by taking the candidate's raw score (total number of correct questions) and mapping it onto a standardized scale between 125 and 200, with the minimum competency threshold always mapped to a scaled score of 170.
For Candidates Taking a 2-hour Exam via Surpass: No printed copy score report will be generated. The score report will be emailed to the email address provided by the candidate during scheduling within 24 hours of the completion of testing by Prometric.
For Candidates Taking a 4-hour (Combined) Exam via UTD: The score report will appear on screen and the candidate receives a printed copy of score report.
GBCI complies with the provisions of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require testing accommodations, you must check the box that says, "Yes, I need testing accommodations," when you register for the exam. You and your healthcare provider each need to complete the following forms, the Candidate Form and the Provider Form, to document the disability and the need for accommodation. There is no additional charge for special accommodations.
Each request is evaluated individually and may take up to ten (10) business days. Your request may only be sent via email to email@example.com
If you need help requesting accommodations, please contact GBCI via http://www.gbci.org/contact or by phone at 1-800-795-1746 (within the US) or 1-202-742-3792 (outside the US).