What differentiates LEED accreditation from LEED certification? A building and even a city can obtain the certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). People get LEED accreditations, for example, the term "LEED certified interior designer" is incorrect, although it is a common mistake. So how can an environmentally conscious interior designer be accredited as a LEED professional? And what does it mean to be a LEED accredited professional for interior design and construction? In the following paragraphs you will discover more information about LEED accreditation and how to obtain it.

So how can an environmentally conscious interior designer be accredited as a LEED professional?

What does being LEED accredited mean?

A LEED credential indicates that a professional has the necessary knowledge to apply the standards of design, construction and sustainable operations that are currently being developed. Currently, more than 203,000 professionals around the world have obtained a LEED accreditation. The obtaining of this accreditation requires that the professionals acquire the fundamental knowledge of the concepts of ecological construction, including the transport, the energy and the water necessary for its construction and that later also they will consume in the daily use of their facilities, besides the quality from air. A LEED AP ID + C is also an expert specifically in interior design and construction.

How can I get certified?

To obtain the LEED AP ID + C credentials, an interior designer, who must be over 18, must first pass the LEED Green Associate exam, which covers the basics of the LEED Green Building Rating Systems. Please note that it is possible to take the LEED GA plus special (ID + C) test at the same time.

The steps are the following:

  • 1. Create an account on the USGBC site.
  • 2. Select the test and schedule the date and location of the test.
  • 3. You must pay a fee each time you take a LEED test: only ID + C (for an active LEED Associate) is $ 250 for USGBC members and $ 350 for non-members; while the full exam (LEED Green Associate + LEED AP) costs $ 400 for USGBC members and $ 550 for non-members.
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    To prepare for the test (or the tests, as the case may be), our recommendation is that you study the LEED AP ID + C Candidate Handbook that can be downloaded from the official website. Also on the USGBC website, we offer study plans, which include a four-week intensive step-by-step guide. You can also find several LEED study books in the market, as well as webinars. Green Building Education Services also has a list of resources, as well as a package of platinum study tools that includes fact sheets, practice tests, flash memory cards and a web-on-demand seminar.