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 userThomas B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was informative and took the time to explain and answer questions. The instructor was informative and took the time to explain and answer questions.
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review userSung C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
Good! Good!
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review userJorge J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
He was a good instructor. He was detailed, explained things well and open to answer any questions. He was a good instructor. He was detailed, explained things well and open to answer any questions.
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review userJeffrey L.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was good.  I learned a lot of information on how to better my skills in my current position. The instructor was good.  I learned a lot of information on how to better my skills in my current position.
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review userLance N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The course was truly informative and well structured. The instructor was very professional and very knowledgeable. The course was truly informative and well structured. The instructor was very professional and very knowledgeable.
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review userChantel L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was clear, professional and excellent. He answered all questions and I enjoyed his training. The instructor was clear, professional and excellent. He answered all questions and I enjoyed his training.
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review userLeslie S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
Great instructor. He always on task and made sure everyone understood each section clearly. Answered questions professionally... Great instructor. He always on task and made sure everyone understood each section clearly. Answered questions professionally and very patient with the class.
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review userCaleb L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was extremely knowledgeable of the course material, maintained an upbeat energy throughout the presentation... The instructor was extremely knowledgeable of the course material, maintained an upbeat energy throughout the presentation and answered all questions asked.
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review userDeidre J.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was very attentive and made training interesting and engaging. The instructor was very attentive and made training interesting and engaging.
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review userElisa C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was very professional and well educated in his profession. I was very pleased with his class and I learned... The instructor was very professional and well educated in his profession. I was very pleased with his class and I learned a lot from him.
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review userAngela M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 12, 2018
The instructor was very informative and knowledgeable on the subject. He kept the class interesting and informed us on why... The instructor was very informative and knowledgeable on the subject. He kept the class interesting and informed us on why its important to know the information about lead paint.
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review userRejesh N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
The instructor was professional. The instructor was professional.
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review userEdwin S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Instructor was very knowledgeable about what he was teaching us. It made the whole experience great. I would definitely go... Instructor was very knowledgeable about what he was teaching us. It made the whole experience great. I would definitely go back to him for any questions or comments.
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review userDexter W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Course was very informative and  the instructor presentation was well put together. Course was very informative and  the instructor presentation was well put together.
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review userAndrew V.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Was quick and easy. Time flew by quickly and I learned a lot from it. Thank you! Was quick and easy. Time flew by quickly and I learned a lot from it. Thank you!
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review userAlfred G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Excellent! Excellent!
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review userNancy C.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
I really enjoyed the class. Gave me a lot of information on how to take care of any issues due to lead. I really enjoyed the class. Gave me a lot of information on how to take care of any issues due to lead.
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review userPatricia G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Great class. Very Informative. I left feeling confidant that I would be able to provide residents on our property with correct... Great class. Very Informative. I left feeling confidant that I would be able to provide residents on our property with correct information to keep them and their families safe when dealing with lead on the property.
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review userJade S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Very informative! Great class and the instructor was funny. Thanks for the knowledge. It's already been very handy! Very informative! Great class and the instructor was funny. Thanks for the knowledge. It's already been very handy!
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review userTinu R.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
The lead class was an excellent. I learned a lot. The lead class was an excellent. I learned a lot.
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review userRichelle J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 11, 2018
Very informative. Great information to have as a property manager. Our instructor was very engaging with the class. Very informative. Great information to have as a property manager. Our instructor was very engaging with the class.
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review userAhmed N.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2018
Well organized class! Well organized class!
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review userJason T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on September 16, 2018
Very informative. Answered all questions effectively. Made material easy to understand. Thank you. Very informative. Answered all questions effectively. Made material easy to understand. Thank you.
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review userRuben L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 13, 2018
Mr. Schafer, teaching technic was very comprehending and easy to remember. Subject was very informative. Mr. Schafer, teaching technic was very comprehending and easy to remember. Subject was very informative.
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review userStanley C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 13, 2018
Mr. Schafer was very knowledgeable of the subject matter. He taught in a manner that made it easy to retain the vast amount... Mr. Schafer was very knowledgeable of the subject matter. He taught in a manner that made it easy to retain the vast amount of information he disseminated and had great classroom participation for the demonstrations.
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review userAmanda P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 13, 2018
John did an excellent job keeping the class alert! John has a passion for teaching and it shows thru his ambition and character.... John did an excellent job keeping the class alert! John has a passion for teaching and it shows thru his ambition and character. We did hands on activities, which were a plus and he keep us involved by asking of questions about each module to ensure we took in the information. He did an outstanding job and hope he returns for more classes.
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review userPaul R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 13, 2018
Informative instruction throughout. Made an otherwise boring class interesting. Informative instruction throughout. Made an otherwise boring class interesting.
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review userRobert C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 13, 2018
Mr. Schafer was a very good instructor. He relayed a lot of information in a short amount of time and he did it in a very... Mr. Schafer was a very good instructor. He relayed a lot of information in a short amount of time and he did it in a very retainable way. Mr. Schafer made the class fun and enjoyable. It is almost like he was made for the job.
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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 userRonald H. P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Easy to follow instructions and great manner. Easy to follow instructions and great manner.
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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 userCheryl D. L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on May 18, 2018
Very good speaker! Very good speaker!
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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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