Project Experience IS Exam Prep

There is an old saying, “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” Usually it is a cautionary phrase when something is being done in the wrong order. Like advising a project team on LEED certification before you are a LEED AP. It may sound risky, but to me, LEED Project Experience sounds like a fast track to exam mastery.

How would it feel to give yourself permission to put the cart before the horse when it comes to LEED AP exam prep and LEED project experience?

Pros and Cons of Project Experience

Your brain may play the devil on your shoulder saying, “Woah Nelly! You are only a LEED Green Associate, you can’t guide a LEED project because your credential won’t even earn an innovation point.” Over on your other shoulder, your heart plays the angel, and it whispers, “Kill two birds with one stone.”

As your green building career coach, GBES recommends to take a risk in preparing for your LEED AP BD+C exam. Use actual project experience time as exam prep time. There is no better way to learn the LEED rating system than to use the LEED rating system!

Why Project Experience is the BEST Exam Prep

  1. Access to a live application at LEED online offers first hand interaction with the documentation requirements you need to know to pass the exam.
  2. Vetting real data for alignment with credit requirements reinforces the thresholds and special circumstances you need to memorize to pass your LEED AP exam.
  3. Researching prerequisite compliance and troubleshooting real world scenarios trains your brain to logically unpack tricky exam question set-ups.
  4. You partner with teammates to collaborate and expand your niche skill set into a well rounded LEED toolkit.
  5. Coaching and mentorship from the Project Manager

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LEED Project Experience connects the dots between the rote memorization of numerical requirements and the practical implementation of project design. The image to the left is a screen shot from It is GBES’ recommended goto resource for every LEED project team. It’s helpful to get familiar with this resources where you can download sample forms and view published addenda. Best of all, it’s a free resource to USGBC members.

How to Become a Project Team Member

But how do I get on a project without being a LEED AP? GBES has a solution for that too. We are launching a brand new LEED AP BD+C Project Immersion course in January 2018. Participants experience blended learning through an online platform that teaches you core concepts while you document a project.

Career Coaching at your Fingertips

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