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 userJason K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2024
Kept the entire class engaged. Very good at giving the required information in a way that everyone, no matter their level... Kept the entire class engaged. Very good at giving the required information in a way that everyone, no matter their level of experience, could understand.
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review userAlexis V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2024
Good well taught course Good well taught course
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review userDoug M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2024
Instructor was able to keep the entire class engaged. He had sufficient equipment and materials to do a thorough hands... Instructor was able to keep the entire class engaged. He had sufficient equipment and materials to do a thorough hands on demonstration.
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review userJavier E.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on March 30, 2024
I learned a lots things about how to disturb a lead paint and the steps to do a lead project. I learned a lots things about how to disturb a lead paint and the steps to do a lead project.
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review userJavier Q.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 28, 2024
excelente el entrenamiento y muy buenas explicaciones excelente el entrenamiento y muy buenas explicaciones
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review userMarleny M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on February 28, 2024
I found it very interesting and informative, thank you very much. I found it very interesting and informative, thank you very much.
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review userOnur T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2023
John was awesome, it is hard to teach these classes and getting students attention. Once again, thank you John for certifying... John was awesome, it is hard to teach these classes and getting students attention. Once again, thank you John for certifying us!
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review userRobert K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2023
Horrible topic (we all were here because of mandates) but John made the class fun and engaging! Thank you for that! I appreciated... Horrible topic (we all were here because of mandates) but John made the class fun and engaging! Thank you for that! I appreciated the stories, the wit, and the education. Thank you!
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review userAhmet D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 1, 2023
Amazing teacher give him a raise! Amazing teacher give him a raise!
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review userAnthony E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 21, 2023
Super instructor Super instructor
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review userHikoll K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2023
Sean was excellent, clear, conscience, and made sure the class didn’t leave without being fully invested in the Lead Renovator... Sean was excellent, clear, conscience, and made sure the class didn’t leave without being fully invested in the Lead Renovator course. The 8.5 hours flew by even though I haven’t sat in a classroom in 9 years. I highly recommended taking the class with Sean if you want to have a fun and extremely informative Lead Renovator class.
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review userGjon L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2023
Sean is an amazing instructor. Very knowledgeable course Sean is an amazing instructor. Very knowledgeable course
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review userAndres B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2023
Great informative hands on class Would highly recommend Great informative hands on class Would highly recommend
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review userNatalie K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 29, 2023
Joel was through and fun, not a boring class Joel was through and fun, not a boring class
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review userNicholas M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 21, 2023
Class was great. Instructor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Feel comfortable working safely around these types... Class was great. Instructor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Feel comfortable working safely around these types of materials now.
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review userKevin V.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 21, 2023
Very informative and explained well. That was a lot of information to get covered in one day and the trainer we had covered... Very informative and explained well. That was a lot of information to get covered in one day and the trainer we had covered everything clearly.
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review userErnest G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
Tiffany was excelent very nice well spoken dressed on time couldnt have went smoother. Tiffany was excelent very nice well spoken dressed on time couldnt have went smoother.
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review userJames S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
I dressed up in the protective suite which was fun to do tiffany was very nice to learn from. I dressed up in the protective suite which was fun to do tiffany was very nice to learn from.
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review userMarco S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
didnt relize there was so much to learn well informed Tiffany was great didnt relize there was so much to learn well informed Tiffany was great
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review userZeyda G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
Very good class tiffany answered all questions very quickly hands on projects were fun to do Very good class tiffany answered all questions very quickly hands on projects were fun to do
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review userKendall M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
Awesome class very fun and detailed Awesome class very fun and detailed
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review userGerson E.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2023
tiffany good teacher good class tiffany good teacher good class
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review userJoshua C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
Fantastic instructor! Fantastic instructor!
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review userChris M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
John, Was an excellent instructor. His energy level and knowledge was greatly appreciated. John, Was an excellent instructor. His energy level and knowledge was greatly appreciated.
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review userTroy B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
I dreaded this class or course for 3 weeks. If I would have known John was going to be the instructor I would have look forward... I dreaded this class or course for 3 weeks. If I would have known John was going to be the instructor I would have look forward to it rather than dread it. He made it is easy learn, he made it fun, and he gave me the confidence to perform my lead responsibilities like a pro.
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review userDarrell B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
This was not so fun a topic that John made very interesting and fun time! This was not so fun a topic that John made very interesting and fun time!
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review userSteven B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
John did a great job! Very informative and NOT boring!! John did a great job! Very informative and NOT boring!!
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review userRandy T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 23, 2023
We were very satisified with the instructor, John Schafer and his assistant. It was great that you provided the class at... We were very satisified with the instructor, John Schafer and his assistant. It was great that you provided the class at our location and all of us feel that we gained valuable information from the class.
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review userOswaldo A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 19, 2023
It’s was great It’s was great
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review userAngel S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 19, 2023
Understood . Good instructor . Understood . Good instructor .
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review userWilliam G.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 19, 2023
Helpful class and well taught. Helpful class and well taught.
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review userJay W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 18, 2023
Instructor was great Instructor was great
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review userEric T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 18, 2023
The instructor was the highlight of the course. Took what is a different subject to make interesting, and made the best of... The instructor was the highlight of the course. Took what is a different subject to make interesting, and made the best of it for the class.
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review userBrett P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 13, 2023
Very informative course. Taught very well by Stephen. Very informative course. Taught very well by Stephen.
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review userJosh K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 13, 2023
Instructor was very engaging and kept it real with his words for us and kept us interested! Instructor was very engaging and kept it real with his words for us and kept us interested!
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review userMichael H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 13, 2023
Great speaker. Very knowledgeable. Great speaker. Very knowledgeable.
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review userLorenzo G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 13, 2023
Steve was a very thorough and knowledgeable instructor. He taught the course with clear and concise details in every matter.... Steve was a very thorough and knowledgeable instructor. He taught the course with clear and concise details in every matter. It was very efficient due to Steve's knowledge and ability to convey the information required.
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review userCaleb F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
Great class Great class
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review userTim M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
Very informative. The instructor had a great personality and was extremally therough. Very informative. The instructor had a great personality and was extremally therough.
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review userJohn S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
Excellent instructor highly recommend. Excellent instructor highly recommend.
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review userClay J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
I thought the course was very informative and the instructor did an excellent job of making the course easy to follow along.... I thought the course was very informative and the instructor did an excellent job of making the course easy to follow along. I appreciate the organization and flow of the instructor; It made the overall experience easy to understand and retain the information.
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review userBeverly P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
The class was easy to get scheduled. Training started on time, went very well, very informative. The instructor, Connor... The class was easy to get scheduled. Training started on time, went very well, very informative. The instructor, Connor was well organized, very professional and took time to explain and answer questions. Very positive Trainer.
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review userThomas D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 26, 2023
The course was quick and incredibly informative. The instructor is highly knowledgeable and has our interest at heart so... The course was quick and incredibly informative. The instructor is highly knowledgeable and has our interest at heart so he teaches with the perspective of the business owners to always be compliant so to avoid legal issues or health issues. Hands on training at the end was enlightening after talking about the process for a few hours prior.
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review userJason B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2023
Jamie was in my opinion a very good instructor. He asked all the individuals in the class different questions through out... Jamie was in my opinion a very good instructor. He asked all the individuals in the class different questions through out the whole course. The hands on parts of the course were very well explained and kept everyone involved.
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review userJoshua M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 20, 2023
Very educational! I learned many things I didn’t know before and how better to run a safe job site, thanks! Very educational! I learned many things I didn’t know before and how better to run a safe job site, thanks!
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review userBryanna W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2023
Pretty great experience, long but the instructors made it fun and enjoyable while also being informative! Pretty great experience, long but the instructors made it fun and enjoyable while also being informative!
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review userKale M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 19, 2023
Great fun instructor Great fun instructor
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review userCole S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2023
Great class with good information Great class with good information
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review userAugust H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 17, 2023
Learned about lead, the hands on exercises were very helpful and made it much easier to visualize what we have to do, instead... Learned about lead, the hands on exercises were very helpful and made it much easier to visualize what we have to do, instead of just learning it from slides.
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review userAshlee M.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 16, 2023
I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot on how to properly test, prep, and clean lead paint. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot on how to properly test, prep, and clean lead paint.
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