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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review userJordin D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 25, 2019
The class was very informative and the instructor made it fun! The class was very informative and the instructor made it fun!
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review userChris W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 30, 2019
Excellent presentation by a knowledgable instructor. Thank you. Excellent presentation by a knowledgable instructor. Thank you.
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review userLaverne P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 14, 2019
Instructor was very engaging, informative and concerned that the students understood the fundamentals of the course. Instructor was very engaging, informative and concerned that the students understood the fundamentals of the course.
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review userChalone L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 14, 2019
The instructor was incredible. He made the material very easy to understand and very interesting to learn about the dangers... The instructor was incredible. He made the material very easy to understand and very interesting to learn about the dangers of Lead with residents.
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review userShantee C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 14, 2019
The trainer was simply awesome! He was very thorough, knowledgeable and engaging. The book and PowerPoint slides were well... The trainer was simply awesome! He was very thorough, knowledgeable and engaging. The book and PowerPoint slides were well written and easy to understand.
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review userAlison K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 14, 2019
A great instructor! He was very engaging and made everyone feel at ease. A great instructor! He was very engaging and made everyone feel at ease.
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review userJon A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2019
John was AWESOME! John was AWESOME!
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review userJames C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2019
Instructor spoke loud and clearly and made sure students understood subjects before moving to next module. Very well equipped... Instructor spoke loud and clearly and made sure students understood subjects before moving to next module. Very well equipped with literature and hands on instructions of materials being used. Course was well prepared with materials for hands on applications which every student had chance to participate in construction of hands on applications, thanks, James..
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review userChristopher V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 19, 2019
It was very informative and the instructor made a enjoyable time out of it It was very informative and the instructor made a enjoyable time out of it
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review userRobert A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 12, 2019
The trainer was knowledgeable and conveyed the materials and best practices materials professionally. The trainer was knowledgeable and conveyed the materials and best practices materials professionally.
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review userRobert Leon M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 12, 2019
The instructor presented the course very clearly and was well prepared. The instructor presented the course very clearly and was well prepared.
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review userBenjamin M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 12, 2019
The trainer did a great job of making the information interesting with stories and interactions with the class. The trainer did a great job of making the information interesting with stories and interactions with the class.
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review userKevin C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 12, 2019
Can't exactly expect a lead-based paint training course to be much of a party, but the trainer made it a lot less painful... Can't exactly expect a lead-based paint training course to be much of a party, but the trainer made it a lot less painful than I thought it would be. He was extremely knowledgeable, engaging and his teaching style and methods made sure we knew our stuff when walked out the door. Would highly recommend this course and trainer for anyone who needs it.
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review userHenry M. B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 12, 2019
Great info presented in a very engaging and energetic manner! I would say parts of the training were even fun, but this is... Great info presented in a very engaging and energetic manner! I would say parts of the training were even fun, but this is 'work stuff'.
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review userShiloh L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 14, 2019
The trainer was on time and efficient. Very kind and patient with all involved. She made it very easy to understand. The trainer was on time and efficient. Very kind and patient with all involved. She made it very easy to understand.
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review userChelsea B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 14, 2019
The content isn't too exciting but the instructor did a good job. The content isn't too exciting but the instructor did a good job.
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review userJuan G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 14, 2019
Nice experience. Nice experience.
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5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2019
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5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2019
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review userMike ​.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2019
Thank you! Thank you!
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review userDennis P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 14, 2019
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review userMark V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on April 21, 2019
Instructor was very informative and was very professional. Instructor was very informative and was very professional.
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review userJohn O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on April 21, 2019
Very informative and pleasant! Very informative and pleasant!
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review userChristopher P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on April 21, 2019
The class instructor was great. She was very professional and explained everything in a way that was very easy to understand.... The class instructor was great. She was very professional and explained everything in a way that was very easy to understand. I highly recommend Zack Academy.
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review userMatthew M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Very good instructor. He was very informative.  Very good instructor. He was very informative. 
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review userGaetano D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Class was very informative. Awesome class. Class was very informative. Awesome class.
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review userJorge V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Great class. Teacher was very knowledgeable. Great class. Teacher was very knowledgeable.
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review userWilliam S. F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
Very good information about how dangerous lead can be. I never knew how important it is to be aware of the homes we work... Very good information about how dangerous lead can be. I never knew how important it is to be aware of the homes we work in built before 1978!!
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review userBrenda G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 16, 2019
A wonderful instructor. He engaged all of the students in questions and participation. They all did well in the class and... A wonderful instructor. He engaged all of the students in questions and participation. They all did well in the class and I would definitely recommend the class performance as well as the instructor.
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review userDavid Earl M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 23, 2019
The class was informative and to the point. The class was informative and to the point.
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review userTiffany D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 23, 2019
Trainer was very knowledgeable in subject. Very good presentation. Trainer was very knowledgeable in subject. Very good presentation.
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review userSheila P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 23, 2019
The instructor did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable. Made the course easy to understand and fun to learn. The instructor did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable. Made the course easy to understand and fun to learn.
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review userRajendra P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
Excellent instructor, very informative. Made the class interesting and fun. Excellent instructor, very informative. Made the class interesting and fun.
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review userSandra N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
A great instructor! Very informative, knowledgeable and made it easy to learn. A great instructor! Very informative, knowledgeable and made it easy to learn.
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review userBarbara E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
The instructor was awesome! Kept the class entertained. Very knowledgable. The instructor was awesome! Kept the class entertained. Very knowledgable.
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review userRichard Z.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
The best! The best!
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review userOmar M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
Excellent! I could clearly understand what he taught. The audio/visual method used for the course was excellent because it... Excellent! I could clearly understand what he taught. The audio/visual method used for the course was excellent because it can be understood more clearly.
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review userWayne M. N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
Excellent! Excellent!
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review userSurrendra P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and explained the course clearly. Overall, an excellent experience. The instructor was very knowledgeable and explained the course clearly. Overall, an excellent experience.
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review userErnesto S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 21, 2019
Good. Good.
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review userCarlos M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 17, 2019
Amazing communication. Friendly and knowledgeable! Amazing communication. Friendly and knowledgeable!
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review userPaul B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable and did a great job passing that knowledge to me. He moved through the material at... The instructor was very knowledgeable and did a great job passing that knowledge to me. He moved through the material at a good pace. He had good real life examples to help explain many of the finer points. He was a very good instructor.
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review userTripp L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
The class was great. I learned a lot! The class was great. I learned a lot!
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review userAustin P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
Great instructor and very informational class. Great instructor and very informational class.
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review userDavid L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
Well planned and executed! Very knowledgeable! Well planned and executed! Very knowledgeable!
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review userDan T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
Very informative and stuck to schedule. Thank you! Very informative and stuck to schedule. Thank you!
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review userSeth S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 2, 2019
Best instructor I’ve ever had. Took quality time to teach us thoroughly. Best instructor I’ve ever had. Took quality time to teach us thoroughly.
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review userAdditional A.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 28, 2018
Great! Great!
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review userSteve B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 28, 2018
Awesome training. Well put together, good pace and knowledgeable instructors. Awesome training. Well put together, good pace and knowledgeable instructors.
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review userJennifer T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 28, 2018
My instructor was great. He answered all of our questions and if he didn't have an answer he got the answer for us. I loved... My instructor was great. He answered all of our questions and if he didn't have an answer he got the answer for us. I loved the hands-on part the most as I learn better with hands-on. Thank you for a great class!
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