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V2 LEED APs: What To Do Now

posted Dec 10, 2009, 9:54 AM by Skylight Education   [ updated Dec 11, 2009, 6:47 AM ]
A storm of information has been released on the changes brought by LEED V3, but what about LEED APs credentialed under LEED V2.2 or earlier? SKYed to the rescue! In this article you will find all the information you need to take full advantage of your new options as a LEED AP (without specialty) in the new LEED credentialing system.
First, you have a choice: you can opt-in to the new LEED credentialing system, or not.  Under the new tiered program, there are now five specialty designations to choose from.  If you do opt-in, you will become a LEED AP+ Specialty, with a focus in Building Design & Construction (BD&C), Interior Design & Construction (ID&C), Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Homes, and/or Neighborhood Developments. If you decide not to opt-in, you will keep you
r LEED AP designation, without a specialty.

There are two ways to opt-in: you can opt-in by simply agreeing to the policies of the new credentials, OR you can take a LEED AP Specialty Exam and agree to the new policies.  These policies include a disciplinary policy, and the Credential Maintenance Program.  If you opt-in by taking an exam, you will receive the designation of the exam you take and pass.  If you opt-in without taking an exam, you will receive the corresponding specialty designation of the exam you previously took under the old system:

New Construction = Building Design & Construction

Commercial Interiors = Interior Design & Construction

Existing Buildings = Operations & Maintenance

To opt-in to the new system, log into My Credentials at If you enroll before December 31st, you can count all eligible Continuing Education Hours completed since July 8th (including all GreenBuild educational sessions), and all Committee and Volunteer work with USGBC & GBCI completed since January 1st. 

Once you have opted-in to the new credentialing system, you will be required to complete continuing education hours. As a LEED AP+ Specialty, you are required to complete 30 hours, 6 of which must be LEED specific. 

These dreaded hours might not be as difficult to get as you think.  Delivery methods include:

1.    Professional Development Courses - must be pre-approved courses

2.    Live Presentations – real-time in-person or through broadcast technology

3.    Self-Study Programs – structured self-study programs, and reading of professional manuals, publications and/or articles

4.    College & University Courses – must be taken at an accredited college

5.    Certificates, Professional Licenses & Credentials – for successfully passing an exam to receive a certificate, license, or credential related to the green building industry

6.    Committee & Volunteer Work – for USGBC or GBCI, and for holding a leadership position

7.    Authorship – for published articles and books related to green building

8.    LEED Project Participation- paid/unpaid work related to the implementation of the LEED, project must be LEED-registered

Regardless of the method, all of your Continuing Education Hours must be consistent with the content requirements outlined for your particular designation in GBCI’s Credentialing Maintenance Program Guide.  Eligible content types include subjects involving LEED project site factors, water management, project systems and energy impacts, acquisition, installation and management of project materials, improvements to the indoor environment, stakeholder involvement in innovation, and project surrounding and public outreach.

Remember, SKYed is here for all of your LEED credentialing needs. If you, a friend or a colleague are interested in our services, please contact us at

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