LEED AP CE Requirements

Get details on LEED AP continuing education hours, reporting and how multiple specialties impact requirements from GBES, the leader in green education.

Once you’ve earned your LEED AP with specialty, your Green Associate continuing education requirements and credential are replaced by this more prestigious accreditation.

GBCI LEED AP CE Requirements

LEED APs with specialty must complete thirty (30) continuing education hours within the two-year reporting period.  Twenty-four (24) of the hours are general CE related to green building and six (6) hours must be “specific”, or technically related to your specialty.  Keep in mind many activities that provide credit hours for other green building credentials you may possess such as the WELL AP and SITES AP count as general CE for your newly earned LEED AP specialty credential. The same is true the other way around as LEED CE hours also count towards WELL AP and SITES AP Continuing Education requirements.

Continuing education requirements for your AP credential must be completed within a two-year period.  If you pass the LEED AP BD+C exam on November 18, 2019, your 2-year reporting period ends on November 17, 2021, and the next period begins on November 18, 2021.  You have 90 days after the reporting period ends to report your hours to the USGBC but cannot apply any CE earned during this time period to the reporting period which recently ended.  More details can be found in the official CMP guide.

Note: Although WELL AP and SITES AP CE is reported to different organizations, the requirements around number of hours you need (24 general and 6 specific) and timing (2 years) are the same as with the LEED AP credentials.


How do LEED CMP Requirements Change with Multiple LEED AP Specialties?

The first LEED AP credential you earn is considered your primary specialty.  If you have one AP specialty credential and earn another, your LEED CMP requirement increases by six (6) LEED-specific credit hours unique to the new (secondary) specialty.  The twenty-four (24) general CE hours required for your primary AP specialty also apply to your subsequent LEED AP specialty credential(s).

For example, if you pass the ID+C exam and later earn your BD+C credential, You are required to earn twenty-four (24) general credit hours of continuing education and then six (6) ID+C specific hours and six (6) BD+C specific hours for a total of thirty-six (36) CE hours.

The two-year reporting period for your primary LEED AP credential will apply to any secondary LEED AP credential(s) you earn.  Based on when you earn a secondary credential, your six (6) specialty hours for the newly-earned credential may be prorated for the first credentialing period.

Based on the time after the beginning of your primary credential’s reporting period, below are the prorated LEED-specific hour requirements for your secondary LEED AP credential:

  • 0-6 months, 6 LEED-Specific Hours
  • 7-12 month, 4.5 LEED-Specific Hours
  • 13-18 month, 3 LEED-Specific Hours
  • 19-24 months, 1.5 LEED-Specific Hours

Remember, choosing GBES for your LEED credential maintenance means you will not have to remember your reporting period dates and requirements because we will take care of it for you.


LEED AP Continuing Education Courses & Reporting

There are numerous ways to earn your CE including LEED project participation, authorship, volunteering and education.  GBES specializes in green building education and is proud to provide the fastest and easiest way to maintain your LEED credentials

Our budget-conscious CE course bundles provide all your general CE hours and LEED-specific hours, automatic reporting to your GBCI account and keep track of your deadlines for you.  These online, video-format courses are all GBCI and AIA approved.  Select your specialty below and stop stressing about maintaining your credential.


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