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 userBill F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 19, 2016
Instructor was well prepared and very knowledgeable of the subject manor Instructor was well prepared and very knowledgeable of the subject manor
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review userBill R.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 19, 2016
Good overview class, but very long for what it was. Could have been covered in half the time. Good overview class, but very long for what it was. Could have been covered in half the time.
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review userJustin M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 18, 2016
GREAT JOB. GREAT JOB.
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review userDean G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 14, 2016
Very clear in direction and very knowledgeable. Very clear in direction and very knowledgeable.
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review userEddie O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 14, 2016
My instructor made the class enjoyable. she was very knowledgeable of the subject. This was a subject I totally had no knowledge... My instructor made the class enjoyable. she was very knowledgeable of the subject. This was a subject I totally had no knowledge of and Jean explained it very well.
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review userRashida J.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 14, 2016
Jean was an excellent instructor. I felt like I have gained a vast amount of knowledge. She even added her own experiences... Jean was an excellent instructor. I felt like I have gained a vast amount of knowledge. She even added her own experiences to illustrate the information that was provided in the course materials.
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review userCarlos C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 8, 2016
very good very good
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review userDavid B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on January 8, 2016
Instructor was well versed and kept a somewhat bland topic very interesting. Would recommend. Instructor was well versed and kept a somewhat bland topic very interesting. Would recommend.
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review userThomas T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on December 21, 2015
Knowledgeable and thorough. Knowledgeable and thorough.
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review userCharles M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on December 18, 2015
Excellent attention to detail. Took a fair amount of time to answer any and all questions that arose during the training... Excellent attention to detail. Took a fair amount of time to answer any and all questions that arose during the training time. Would definitely refer to others.
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review userVartan I.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 17, 2015
He was a informative instructor. He was a informative instructor.
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review userLinda T.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 16, 2015
John made this class interactive and interesting which helped make the subject matter easier to relate to. Good Class John made this class interactive and interesting which helped make the subject matter easier to relate to. Good Class
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review userDustin H.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 16, 2015
The content we had to cover was not exciting but, John somehow managed to keep everyone interested the entire time. A great... The content we had to cover was not exciting but, John somehow managed to keep everyone interested the entire time. A great instructor. We will have to have a 5 year refresher I hope John is still working and will come back to our shop to recertify us.
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review userChris M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 10, 2015
Jean was very helpful and understandable when explaining the LEED message and its content to her students. Jean spent just... Jean was very helpful and understandable when explaining the LEED message and its content to her students. Jean spent just enough time to describe and give examples on each of the subjects throughout the presentation. She made an 8 hour class tolerable with her teaching techniques and her obvious motivation towards what she was preaching. I thought he overall rating was 5/5 and thank her for her knowledge!
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review userMarni M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 9, 2015
Jean was a great teacher! very knowledgeable of items in this course and easy to understand. Overall great experience. Jean was a great teacher! very knowledgeable of items in this course and easy to understand. Overall great experience.
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review userBrad M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 9, 2015
The class was set up very well and Jean was able to apply real life examples to the course which made it easier to understand.... The class was set up very well and Jean was able to apply real life examples to the course which made it easier to understand.
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review userRik L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 9, 2015
jean, was very informant. She didn't just read from the slide, show, she engaged us to have discussion, so we could input... jean, was very informant. She didn't just read from the slide, show, she engaged us to have discussion, so we could input what happens in our construction world that relates to becoming a LEED project. She was passionate about her presentation, which made it easier for me to understand the material. If I knew she was the teacher for an additional LEED class, I would have no issues taking the class, to help e get certified..
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review userRey F.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on November 8, 2015
Really knowledgeable of the topic Examples are relatable 8hr class should've been broken up to 2 days Really knowledgeable of the topic Examples are relatable 8hr class should've been broken up to 2 days
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review userCraig B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Great class and instructor Great class and instructor
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review userKshaun L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Great class and instructor Great class and instructor
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review userMarco T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Great class and instructor Great class and instructor
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review userCurt B.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Great instructor and very educational Great instructor and very educational
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review userFrank M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Instructor was great and we highly recommend Green Education Instructor was great and we highly recommend Green Education
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review userTBD T.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 28, 2015
Great instructor and very educational Great instructor and very educational
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review userKathryn H.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2015
4 Star for slides, they were good but needed a little editing and finetuning for content and errors 5 Stars for course... 4 Star for slides, they were good but needed a little editing and finetuning for content and errors 5 Stars for course length, shorter wouldn't have covered enough and longer would have been too much 4 Stars for included material 5 Stars for followup to questions during course Additional note I would purchase an APP for LEED v4 that had flash cards and sample exam questions!
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review userJessica W.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2015
The instructor was great and very knowledgeable. He went into great depth and got back to us with answers he did not have... The instructor was great and very knowledgeable. He went into great depth and got back to us with answers he did not have on hand. The only criticism I have of this course is that it was too short. There is way too much material here to understand in 9 hours. Our instructor went over time both sessions to try and fully explain the LEED V4 concepts, we did not have many breaks and it was an exhausting 2 days. That being said, I am very grateful our instructor took the extra time with us. It was very valuable and much needed.
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review userKathy Y.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 20, 2015
There was a lot of material but the instructor navigated very well. There was a lot of material but the instructor navigated very well.
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review userRachael F.
3 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 19, 2015
My instructor knew the subject matter but not the course material. It was his first time, and he was reading the slides.... My instructor knew the subject matter but not the course material. It was his first time, and he was reading the slides. Also, he went overtime significantly both days, so I feel that the course could be split into 3 days instead of 2, and it would be a lot easier to focus. I think the slides were good, but because the materials with the percentages and formulas are sooooo dense, I think breaking the course into 3 days would have improved retention significantly.
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review userDave R.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 13, 2015
I found Lisa very informed and pleasant to hang out with for 2 days. She made the interactions fun and encouraged class... I found Lisa very informed and pleasant to hang out with for 2 days. She made the interactions fun and encouraged class participation. She guided us through the upcoming test process and what to expect. Very pleased with the end results of what I learned from it.
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review userMohammad H A.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 13, 2015
She was a wonderful instructor, I learnt a lot and thanks her and appreciate for the very informative and sophisticated LEED... She was a wonderful instructor, I learnt a lot and thanks her and appreciate for the very informative and sophisticated LEED GA class
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review userJoseph A D.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 13, 2015
Course was very informative and Ms Cipriano was very knowledgeable Course was very informative and Ms Cipriano was very knowledgeable
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review userKirk K K.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 13, 2015
Very knowledgeable the class was well received and Jean provided great instruction and insight for us to better prepare us... Very knowledgeable the class was well received and Jean provided great instruction and insight for us to better prepare us for the Leed GA.
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review userPeter L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on October 10, 2015
Very knowledgeable on the sustainability background. Very easy to understand and work with. Provided multiple examples to... Very knowledgeable on the sustainability background. Very easy to understand and work with. Provided multiple examples to ease newer students into understanding key concepts. Would take another class from her.
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review userJoe P.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 25, 2015
The class was great and the instructors very knowledgeable. They took the time to answer any and all questions. The class was great and the instructors very knowledgeable. They took the time to answer any and all questions.
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review userMatthew M.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on August 8, 2015
Learned a lot. Learned a lot.
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review userMark S.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 27, 2015
It was very clear and informative. The training was done in a way to take away the fear of lead paint and to show it isn't... It was very clear and informative. The training was done in a way to take away the fear of lead paint and to show it isn't that difficult to work with.
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review userShawn G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 27, 2015
Great teacher very knowledgeable Great teacher very knowledgeable
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review userSteve B.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 24, 2015
Steve was great learned a lot. Steve was great learned a lot.
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review userClifford W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2015
great job great job
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review userKyle W.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2015
great job great job
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review userShannon U.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2015
Great job Great job
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review userDane L.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2015
Great job Great job
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review userRay C.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on July 16, 2015
Great job Great job
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review userThomas D.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 22, 2015
The instructor was well prepared and knowledgeable the course information was a bit too much for a 8 hour day however it... The instructor was well prepared and knowledgeable the course information was a bit too much for a 8 hour day however it was easy to follow.
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review userChris G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 17, 2015
Fantastic instructor! Very informative and personable. Fantastic instructor! Very informative and personable.
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review userEric O.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 9, 2015
Jean was very thorough and explained everything where we would understand it better. She would stop to make sure we were... Jean was very thorough and explained everything where we would understand it better. She would stop to make sure we were grasping everything. Good experience overall.
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review userRalph K.
4 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 7, 2015
Jean did a great job. The Powerpoint presentation was a little dated, and the Adobe connect could have been used a little... Jean did a great job. The Powerpoint presentation was a little dated, and the Adobe connect could have been used a little better.
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review userDon G.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 7, 2015
Micah kept the class going smoothly. He was able to explain the regulations, and also explained the importance of doing things... Micah kept the class going smoothly. He was able to explain the regulations, and also explained the importance of doing things correctly.
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review userJohn F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 5, 2015
great great
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review userNick F.
5 stars out of 5 stars attended on June 4, 2015
Great instructor. Great class. I learned a lot and he was very helpful. Great instructor. Great class. I learned a lot and he was very helpful.
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