Rajiv asks: What is the effective deadline date for taking LEED AP V3 (2009) exam? I will be taking LEED GA V3 exam by 3rd week of this month (March 2014) and upon passing, I want to register for LEED AP exam V3. I have been told that V4 exams (GA and AP) will be effective until April 2014. Is this correct? This would mean that after passing the GA V3 exam, I need to register for AP V3 exam by 31st March 2014. Please explain.
Hi Rajiv, thank you for your question regarding the LEED AP exam and its switch from version 2009, or "v3", to v4.
The new v4 versions of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will be released on June 30, 2014. The v4 exams will replace the v2009 exams, and the effective deadline for taking the current versions of the Green Associate and AP exams is June 15th, 2014.
If you wish to take a v2009 exam before the deadline, I recommend applying for the exam at least two weeks before June 15th, 2014. GBCI has streamlined its application process, so the majority of applicants will be able to apply for the exam and then immediately schedule it at a Prometric testing center. This process should only take an hour or so for most people. However, 5-7% of applicants will audited by GBCI, and these professionals will be asked to wait 7-10 days before they will be notified of their eligibility for the exam. So, you should apply for the exam with enough time to allow for a potential application audit. In addition, you will need to schedule the exam at a Prometric testing center near you. If you can only take it at a certain time and place, you will want to allow extra time in case that date becomes fully booked.
Of course, while I recommend applying for and scheduling your exam at least two weeks in advance, keep in mind that it may take more time to prepare for the test. We recommend studying for anywhere from 20 to 40 hours for the exam. While it's possible that the LEED 2009 (v3) exams will be easier than the v4 exams, it would be a waste of time and money to rush to take the current exams, and then fail. Then, you would have to pay to re-take the exam and start from scratch to study the LEED v4 material. Make sure that you will have enough time to APPLY, REGISTER, and STUDY!
Best of luck!