LEED Certification Education Options

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LEED Green Associate
Exam Prep (Tier 1)

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

For those just beginning a career in green building or getting started with LEED.
LEED Green Associate is the first credential in LEED certification. Zack Academy's in-person seminar is the best way to guarantee your success on the LEED Exam.

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LEED AP+ Exam Prep
(Tier 2)

LEED AP Exam Prep

For current Green Associates or experienced LEED professionals.
Signify your green building expertise by passing the LEED AP exam. Zack Academy's exam prep courses provide an in-depth analysis of LEED and sustainable design principles.

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LEED Continuing Education (CMP)

Online LEED Certification

Already LEED Accredited?
Our catalogue of online continuing education courses makes it easy to renew your LEED credential. You can take one course at a time or even find complete packages for any of your LEED Continuing Ed CMP training needs!

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Group & Corporate
LEED Training

In-House LEED Training

Have a group and want us to come to you?
We can bring our expert LEED Certification training directly to your office! Save time & money by consolidating your training needs into a customized training solution for the whole team.

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The Benefits of LEED Certification

Leave the Competition Behind. Whether you are a freelance designer, or head of a multi-million dollar corporation, it is important to stay on top of the cutting edge trends in your industry. In this economy, you can't risk losing out on bids and potential business because you aren't in the know. Having an Accredited Professional on staff can be a highly marketable asset. For example, did you know that all GBCI registered projects that have an Accredited Professional on the job receive an extra point towards the project certification? This easy, single point can be the difference between the project being awarded a Gold versus Silver status. This is just one of many examples of why having an Accredited Professional on staff can give you an edge over your competition.

Signify Your Green Building Expertise. You've worked hard to become educated on green building concepts and strategies. Turn this knowledge into a tangible credential, developed and backed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Green Associate and Accredited Professional credentials have gained national and global notoriety as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system becomes one of the most widely used standards for green building and design. Having these credentials after your name and on your resume will help you become a more attractive candidate for green jobs, consulting gigs, and other opportunities in the green building field.

New Directions, New Business. Capitalize on the Green Collar economy. Whether you are looking to start a new career path, or develop new business for your company, accreditation can be a stepping-stone to new contacts and new opportunities for success in the green building and design fields.

Make a Difference in How We Design & Build. Many current methods used in the building industry can be harmful to our planet, our communities, and even our health. Take action towards improving this system, by learning and implementing more sustainable, eco-friendly, and energy-efficient practices. Whether it's developing improved waste management strategies, or spearheading the installation of a green roof, individuals of all skills and backgrounds can play an integral role in promoting and implementing this change.

Frequently Asked LEED Questions

The first step for anyone who is new to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is to prepare for the Green Associate exam. Passing the Green Associate exam will earn you the introductory LEED credential, and enable you to move on to the next level, LEED AP. With Zack Academy's comprehensive exam preparation courses, you are able to equip yourself with the knowledge to pass on the first try.
The Tier 1: Green Associate course and exam covers general information on green building practices for residential and commercial projects, and prepares individuals to support other professionals working on projects seeking LEED certification. Topics covered include:

  • Basic Green Building Principles
  • About USGBC and GBCI
  • Accreditation Overview
  • Sustainable Design & Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • Core Concepts of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Rating Systems
  • Green Building Strategies & Concepts
  • Technical Analysis of Project Credits and Strategies
The Tier 2: AP+ course and exam content varies based on the specific rating system you are seeking accreditation in, and aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be actively involved in the integrated design process, and to facilitate the project application process with GBCI. Topics covered include:
Becoming a Green Associate or Accredited Professional (AP) is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about green building and sustainable design. Ideal backgrounds for AP candidates would include:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Facility Managers
  • Energy Raters
In addition to the above named professions appropriate for the AP credential, Green Associate is ideal for professionals who do not wish to move on to the AP level, because their involvement in certified projects will be more tangential and possibly less technical. These candidates include:

  • Marketing and Sales Professionals
  • Public Policy Specialists
  • Financiers
  • Realtors
  • Employment Specialists
  • Lawyers
  • Support Staff
  • Educators
Everyone is required to pass the Green Associate exam before they can become a LEED AP. You do have the option of taking both the Green Associate and AP exams together on the same day, however with the combined exam option if you fail one of the two sections you will not be awarded any credential until you pass both sections.
The Green Associate and AP exams are actually offered on-demand, therefore there are no pre-scheduled dates or times. When you are ready to take your exam, and have been approved by GBCI, you can schedule an exam appointment at a Prometric Testing Center near you.

Earning Your Credential

With LEED Exam Prep courses available as public courses, in-house training, and online webinars, becoming accredited has never been easier! Zack Academy provides you with the necessary tools to pass the Green Associate and AP exams on the first try. Schedule a course today to begin the accreditation process!

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Average rating: Average Rating stars out of 5 stars ( 4.6 out of 5 stars - 421 student reviews)


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review userJames T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Baldi was very good with our students. He has a clear and direct approach with everyone. Baldi was very good with our students. He has a clear and direct approach with everyone.
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review userBrian E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Baldi Mejia was very knowledgeable and did a very good job of presenting all the information. Baldi Mejia was very knowledgeable and did a very good job of presenting all the information.
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review userMarcus P.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
It was very educational learning about lead safety, rules, and regulations as it pertains to my business and the public.... It was very educational learning about lead safety, rules, and regulations as it pertains to my business and the public. I would recommend that everyone is informed about lead safety. The instructor was very knowledgeable and encouraged group participation which makes it easy to learn....thank you Zackacademy!
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review userBarry N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
The instructor was obviously knowledgeable and was able to keep the content flowing at a pace that was both hugely informative... The instructor was obviously knowledgeable and was able to keep the content flowing at a pace that was both hugely informative and engaging. Kudos to Baldi for his professionalism.
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review userJoshua S.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on April 19, 2018
Instructor was very informational and helpful. Instructor was very informational and helpful.
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review userDwayne M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on April 19, 2018
Very informative and well planned. Very informative and well planned.
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review userMira J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2018
Cindy was very informative and knowledgeable. She related the information in a real life situations and conducted an excellent... Cindy was very informative and knowledgeable. She related the information in a real life situations and conducted an excellent hands on exercises. It was a pleasure to attend her class on Lead Renovator initial certification, and I would definitely attend and recommend her as an instructor for future classes.
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review userStacy S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2018
The course trainer taught with experience and knowledge, the material was presented clearly. This was one of the best course... The course trainer taught with experience and knowledge, the material was presented clearly. This was one of the best course instructors I had in a long time.
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review userJonathan P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2018
Very good. Very good.
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review userTushar S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2018
The Lead Class was very informative. Thank you for the support. The Lead Class was very informative. Thank you for the support.
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review userRafael Jamillo R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
Excellent. Excellent.
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review userPedro Carlos S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
Very good teacher and we had a lot of fun! Very good teacher and we had a lot of fun!
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review userMarcello Z.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
Very professional. Very professional.
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review userEric M. V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
It was a great experience. The instructor was amazing. Easy to follow and direct to the point. Learned a lot and I was able... It was a great experience. The instructor was amazing. Easy to follow and direct to the point. Learned a lot and I was able to keep up easily.
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review userTyler C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
The instructor was awesome, made the course a lot of fun and easy to learn. The instructor was awesome, made the course a lot of fun and easy to learn.
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review userScott C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
It was a very informative class. John did a great job on keeping everything a person in the class engaged. It was a very informative class. John did a great job on keeping everything a person in the class engaged.
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review userAaron B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 29, 2018
John was engaging, energetic and very knowledgeable. He made the course fun and interesting. Well done! John was engaging, energetic and very knowledgeable. He made the course fun and interesting. Well done!
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review userJeffrey S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
Great class and Sean was outstanding as the instructor. I recommend this class and Sean to anyone in the construction trade. Great class and Sean was outstanding as the instructor. I recommend this class and Sean to anyone in the construction trade.
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review userChristopher S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
Sean was an excellent instructor !! Sean was an excellent instructor !!
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review userAnthony L. P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
It was a great Learning experience. It was a great Learning experience.
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review userBryan E. O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
it was a great training. it was a great training.
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review userWilliam D. J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
I truly felt that the training that was given was sufficient and very accurate and detailed with lots of info. I learned... I truly felt that the training that was given was sufficient and very accurate and detailed with lots of info. I learned things I did not know, overall it was a great class.
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review userJohny Robert J.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
I think it was a good course. Good instructor, very informative. I think it was a good course. Good instructor, very informative.
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review userVaughn T. W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
It was a great learning experience. It was a great learning experience.
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review userJames E. F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 1, 2018
I really enjoyed being in a class led by June. I really enjoyed being in a class led by June.
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review userTara Nichole M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 11, 2018
Robin was amazing! She was very thorough in explaining the materials. The interaction was incredible. If I ever have to take... Robin was amazing! She was very thorough in explaining the materials. The interaction was incredible. If I ever have to take this class again, I will be requesting Robin to do the class again.
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review userLogan E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John was great. We were a large group that can be a little much but John was awesome and made the material and class really... John was great. We were a large group that can be a little much but John was awesome and made the material and class really fun.
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review userAndrew I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John was a great instructor. Was able to maintain a relaxed atmosphere while teaching material in a professional way keeping... John was a great instructor. Was able to maintain a relaxed atmosphere while teaching material in a professional way keeping everyone involved in the learning process.
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review userScott A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John did a great job of keeping what I assumed would be a boring training, fun. Appreciate his approach, covered a lot of... John did a great job of keeping what I assumed would be a boring training, fun. Appreciate his approach, covered a lot of material in a short period of time.
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review userAdam M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
Great instructor. Very informative. Taught without being overbearing, but translated info well. Great instructor. Very informative. Taught without being overbearing, but translated info well.
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review userKolten E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
Overall this was a very informative course because of the knowledge and expertise presented through the instructor. Overall this was a very informative course because of the knowledge and expertise presented through the instructor.
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review userRoss D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John was awesome. He was very energetic and fun to interact with. He related very well with our company and employees.... John was awesome. He was very energetic and fun to interact with. He related very well with our company and employees. Our company has several different trainings each year and he was by far the best we've had. I learned the most from him than I have with any of our other trainings.
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review userRyan D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John was great!!!! John was great!!!!
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review userRyan C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
I would have to say that this was the best led training session I have been a part of. John did an excellent job of keeping... I would have to say that this was the best led training session I have been a part of. John did an excellent job of keeping the group focused and on task.
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review userDavid Brandon J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John was a fantastic facilitator! I’ve taken a lot of construction training classes and this one by far was the most entertaining.... John was a fantastic facilitator! I’ve taken a lot of construction training classes and this one by far was the most entertaining. Nothing exciting about lead paint, but he kept our attention and we learned at the same time.
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review userCarlos A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
It was a good class that made me think first of the safety of the people. It was a good class that made me think first of the safety of the people.
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review userColton P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2017
John did an excellent job making this course fun and keeping it real. John did an excellent job making this course fun and keeping it real.
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review userJeramey M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 22, 2017
She was very informative and hands on with the course. Kept everyone engaged which is hardly ever the case. Very good at... She was very informative and hands on with the course. Kept everyone engaged which is hardly ever the case. Very good at what she does.
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review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 22, 2017
Instructor was extremely knowledgeable ad provided an outstanding class! She stopped frequently and asked if we had questions,... Instructor was extremely knowledgeable ad provided an outstanding class! She stopped frequently and asked if we had questions, answered all questions when they arose, and provided real-life scenarios and examples for the material we were learning. Frequently there are times where I would "doze off" in this type of trainning, however she fully kept our attention the entire class. She was fantastic!
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review userRoberta B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
I found him to be very knowledgeable and entertaining. Made the class interesting. I found him to be very knowledgeable and entertaining. Made the class interesting.
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review userJami S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
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review userKen D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
I liked how he kept repeating items until we memorized them I liked how he kept repeating items until we memorized them
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review userPatrick P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Did good job explaining the course Did good job explaining the course
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review userJoshua P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
kept it interesting kept it interesting
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review userJason B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Very informative without being boring Very informative without being boring
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review userJames P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
Good Job but should have covered encapsulation as part of the class Good Job but should have covered encapsulation as part of the class
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review userDaniel S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 23, 2017
kept it moving along kept it moving along
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review userTyler B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 4, 2017
It was very to the point and hands on which I liked It was very to the point and hands on which I liked
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review userRay S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 26, 2017
Beverly did an excellent job teaching the class. She made the material easy to understand and in a way that kept everyone... Beverly did an excellent job teaching the class. She made the material easy to understand and in a way that kept everyone engaged.
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review userRaby T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 24, 2017
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