LEED may be applicable to individuals and/or buildings. An important distinguishing factor to consider is that LEED Accreditation is for individuals while LEED Certification is for buildings.
LEED Accreditationis broken down into 3 separate categories or tiers and is achieved by taking and passing the different LEED exams. Everyone has to first start with LEED Green Associate and from there move on to become a LEED AP with a certain Specialty. The current pass rate for the LEED exams is 34% making a prep course the best option to ensure success when pursuing your accreditation.
LEED Certification is awarded to green building projects that incorporate a significant amount of LEED sustainability strategies. There is essentially a laundry list of concepts an items that a project can do that would benefit the environment. Once a project team decides that they want to attempt LEED certification for their LEED-registered project, they then need to follow numerous requirements to maintain that their project qualifies as a green building through the LEED certification process. There are 4 levels of LEED certification: LEED Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.