How I Passed the LEED AP V2.2 Exam
If you follow this blog, you may have come across my “excuse” posting a few weeks ago which mentioned that my posting frequency had fallen off a bit while I was studying for the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) V2.2 Exam.
As a follow-up, I am happy to report that I passed the test and I wanted to share the process that helped a “non-design” construction professional study for and pass this challenging (at least to me) Version 2.2 of the LEED AP test.
1. Start by browsing around the USGBC Website. You will find volumes of free information. After clicking around for a while, I recommend that you print out and review the LEED Rating System, which lists very basic information on each LEED Credit.
2. Purchase the LEED Reference Guide which is a monster 400 page manual that provides you with comprehensive information on the LEED rating system. Purchasing this manual is the easy part – finding the time and inclination to read a 400 text took me quite a while; but, I wouldn’t have passed this test without reading the book from cover to cover.
3. Since I have never been on a LEED project, I needed to learn more about how to incorporate LEED ideas into the design and construction of a project and how to track the credits with the online system. You can learn some of this information by reviewing the website; but, I recommend that you purchase the study manual provided by the USGBC Colorado Chapter – the information at the front end of this manual was critical, as was the practice test.
4. The last week before the test, I focused on the practice test from the USGBC Colorado Chapter’s Study Guide and a practice test that I found on eBay. I studied up on the questions that I missed while taking the practice test and I re-read the LEED Rating System document, because many of the practice questions require that you have at least a basic understanding of each LEED credit and synergies among the credits.
That’s the process I followed – if you have other study resources or tips, please share them below.