LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep

To earn the LEED AP BD+C credential you must have a thorough understanding of green building, the LEED BD+C for New Construction rating system, and the ability to facilitate the certification process. The exam, which you’ll take at your local Prometric testing center, is 100 multiple-choice questions.

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LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep

The LEED AP BD+C professional credential demonstrates advanced knowledge in the design and construction phases of commercial building projects. The USGBC + GBCI created this Tier 2 credential for professionals who want to specialize in Building Design & Construction. You have to have already passed the LEED Green Associate (Tier 1) exam or be willing to take the combo (GA and BD+C). This LEED v4 exam is based on specific Task Domains and Knowledge Areas highlighted in the BD+C Candidate Handbook.

GBES has several BD+C exam prep tools to choose from as well as complete bundles. Our LEED experts have passed this specialty credential and also work on real LEED projects. The GBES practice test are just like the real exam and are the #1 study tool to pass!

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The LEED AP BD+C exam will test you on the best practices for the design and construction of commercial space inside a green building. There are 100 multiple-choice questions on this exam, which you’ll take at a Prometric Testing Center. While the Green Associate exam tests general green-building knowledge, this AP exam is much more specific and focuses on the thresholds required to earn LEED BD+C certification for your interiors project. It is a closed-book professional credential exam.

Free LEED AP BD+C Resources

There are three types of questions that you will encounter in the LEED AP BD+C exam. They are:

  • Recall – these questions require memorization of key LEED v4 terms, especially terms relating to the operation and maintenance of green buildings
  • Application – these questions ask the candidate to solve a problem in a scenario-based format
  • Analysis – these questions offer the candidates a complex scenario with multiple components, and assess the candidate’s ability to understand the relationships between the components and the synergies between different solutions

 LEED AP BD+C Knowledge Domains

As with all LEED credential exams, content is drawn from knowledge domains, which reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what you need to know. Here’s the breakdown for the LEED AP BD+C exam:

  • LEED Process (8 questions)
  • Integrative Strategies (9 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (9 questions)
  • Sustainable Sites (9 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (9 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (14 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (12 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (11 questions)
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (4 questions)

(There are 15 beta questions in each exam that are not scored, bringing the question total to 100.)

Is LEED AP BD+C Right for you?

If you still have questions about which LEED AP credential to pursue, check out our GBES blog on the most common types of professionals who earn the LEED AP BD+C. Does this path make sense for your green building career?


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