What qualifies as LEED experience?

To take the LEED AP with Specialty exams, you must have previous experience with a LEED Registered Project within three years of your application submittal date. This work experience must be documented in the form of a letter of attestation from a supervisor, client, or project manager and must describe your involvement on the LEED Project as a consultant, contracted worker, member of the LEED Project Team, LEED Homes Provider, LEED Commercial Reviewer, LEED Homes Green Verifier, or staff member of a Certifying Body (CB).

To be personally involved with a LEED Registered Project means that the candidate can show how they have contributed to the registered project through active participation in it and have on-going responsibility through their participation. The candidate must show how they have been exposed to the LEED process and have knowledge of the project. The candidate can work in a variety of fashions that are linked to the project such as in an on-going, full-time role with the LEED Project team in multiple phases of the project including managing or leading the project design or construction team, or facility management teams by providing installation, supervision, auditing, consulting, managing or other leadership roles with the project team.
This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but is meant to provide guidance for candidates with their application.

If you are audited, GBCI auditors will review this letter of attestation based on these requirements:

• The letter must be on letterhead or provide other evidence of its authenticity.
• The body of the attestation should be limited to 1,500 words or less.
• The letter must be dated.
• The letter must be authored and signed by a supervisor, client, project manager, or someone else qualified to evaluate the applicant’s performance.
• The author’s title and relationship to the applicant should be demonstrated, for example the author’s business card.
• The letter must summarize and confirm the applicant’s involvement with the LEED Project.
• The full name or Project ID for the LEED Project must be provided.
• The letter must provide the dates of the applicant’s relevant involvement.
• If the applicant is not currently involved with this LEED project, the end date of this involvement cannot be more than three (3) years ago.

Candidates must also agree to the disciplinary policy and credential maintenance requirements and submit to an application audit. Five to seven percent of all applications will be audited; you will be notified immediately if you are chosen for an audit and will be notified of your eligibility within seven days.