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What is a LEED® AP?

A LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) is an individual who has passed the exam and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the application and certification process. The exam was launched in 2001 to recognize, through accreditation, individuals’ understanding of green building practices and principles, and familiarity with LEED® requirements, resources, and processes.
LEED® Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED® Certification process. LEED® Accredited Professionals (LEED® APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED® Green Building Rating System.
The LEED® AP credential represents knowledge of the LEED® Rating System and its application in practice. LEED® APs facilitate the integrated design process and streamline the LEED® Certification process.


Andrew J. Hand is a LEED® AP