Now that school is out for the summer, it is difficult for a lot of us to even comprehend taking on yet another exam. Yet, some ambitious design students are hitting the books hard this summer in studying for LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation exam administered by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute), and written by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Even though the current LEED version 2 exam is soon to retire (the last registration date for the current exam has come and gone, but the last chance to take it goes until the end of this month), there are still some people studying hard.
Among the brave souls who are beginning to study this summer is my new co-worker at IIDA, fellow intern Dallas Dyer. As someone who took and passed this exam mere months ago, I had a few words of advice for her, and I thought I’d pass this advice onto all of you as well.
Click here for specific advice on taking and passing the LEED CI exam.
As I mentioned before, the LEED exam will be changing into LEED v3 in only weeks, which is going to be slightly complicated as far as I can tell. Specifically for students, the exam they will be eligible to take will not allow them to be accredited at the same level as professionals who have experience with LEED projects or green buildings, as they do now. Also, there will no longer be LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors) or LEED-NC (New Construction), but LEED-ID+C (for Interiors) and LEED-BD+C (for New Construction). Seem confusing? You’re not alone. But, if you’re interested, check out the following links I found that might help clarify, both from USGBC’s website and otherwise:
Hopefully this advice helps Dallas in her studying efforts and maybe some other people as well! I know that if I can pass the exam, others definitely can too! Good luck to everyone!
Posted by Michelle Carroll, IIDA Summer Intern