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I will take the NC and major renovations exam before june 30, 2009.

I have the LEEDS 2.2 NC book edition 2008 by Shawn Shahfar (including the 720 prctice questions)

Can anyone advice weither this is the right study material. and is it sufficient.

Thank you

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Wow 12 hours is awesome. I studied for about 60-80 hours and it still thought it was a challenge.

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Just got the email below yesterday, looks like LEED is finally implementing the continuing education requirements. If you go to the website, it looks like you can gain one of the LEED specialty designations by completing a specific set of CE's vs. taking the new exam... might be a good option for those of us that don't want to study for another exam.....

GBCI has just launched our new online system for our credentialing maintenance program (CMP)! We are now ready for you to join us on an exciting journey to expand the green building and LEED knowledge base.

Enroll in the program now to begin gaining continuing education (CE) hours for a variety of activities as you seek to stay current in your profession. See the attached CMP Guide, a handbook to help you make the most of your credentialing maintenance.

Your enrollment window, the period of time in which you can enroll in CMP is 08/25/2009 to 08/24/2011. No enrollment will be permitted outside of the enrollment window. Please note this is one-time process. Enrollment cannot be duplicated or negated. With the exception of volunteer and committee work with GBCI and USGBC, CE hours earned before you enroll don’t count toward your CMP requirements, so enroll now!

Feel free to contact GBCI staff at 1-800-795-1746 (within the US) or +1-202-828-1145 (outside the US) or at www.gbci.org/contact, if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

GBCI Credentialing Maintenance Staff

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The difference between the LEED exam and say the PE exam is that the PE exam requires logic and the use of thought process.

I passed the LEED exam (old) with the minimum score the first time. It was a very difficult exam by the fact that you have to know the information, and are rarely able to "figure things out". I would compare it to a biology class exam rather than to any engineering exam. You need to know what something is and how it works, but unless you have been involved in LEED projects before, most people don't have the basic knowledge to be able to figure out an answer.

Good luck!

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Guys,

I am planning on taking the LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) exam in a couple of weeks. I haven't done any preparations yet. Infact I only have the LEED AP - Neighborhood Development handbook and the LEED ND Reference Manual (that I downloaded from the website). I have a few questions (listed below). I will appreciate your inputs/comments etc

1)I think it is a two hour exam. I dont have any other books/reference etc. Is that good enough?

2) What can I expect in the exam?

3) Can you please share any straregy for preparation?

Again, thanks for your help. I appreciate it.

PE_STR

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Do you have any experience with LEED at all? Have you taken a LEED exam before? If the answer to those 2 questions is no, you're in trouble.

When I took the LEED NC exam last year I studied for a month with various sample exams, prep guides, and purchased the reference manual that is much more in depth than the one you can download. And I barely passed by a few points.

Then again, I know a few people who knew nothing about LEED or construction and passed with flying colors because they could memorize well. So who knows??

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My experience is that the LEED exam is 100% memorizing. You need to memorize as much as possible for the exam. You should expect detailed multiple choice questions, where sometimes more than 1 question need to be selected.

The questions are not general, but very detailed. I remember getting questions about what X reference discusses (the sort of questions you would never expect anyone to memorize).

The strategy is simple: memorize as much as possible. If you haven't yet, or think you won't have the chance to do that in the next couple of weeks, that pay the fee and postpone the exam.

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I havent seen any discussion from anyone after taking the 2009 format test. I am going to test some time soon and just dont know what to study. i have two of the reference books from the gbci website and will probably buy one of the practice tests, but i still feel like i have no idea what they are going to ask. is it just memorization? no reference material and no calcuator just makes me thing i need to memorize as much as possible and hope i can spill it out on test day.

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I havent seen any discussion from anyone after taking the 2009 format test. I am going to test some time soon and just dont know what to study. i have two of the reference books from the gbci website and will probably buy one of the practice tests, but i still feel like i have no idea what they are going to ask. is it just memorization? no reference material and no calcuator just makes me thing i need to memorize as much as possible and hope i can spill it out on test day.

That's what the v2.2 test was like. I just memorized the reference guide credits and intents, and then the process of submitting a LEED project online. I took a few practice exams I found online, one was from the Colorado Chapter of USGBC that was recommended to me.

Not having taken the 2009 version I couldn't tell you how different it is, but the credits and intents haven't changed that much. So I can't see that the exam itself would be fundamentally different.

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I second what MechGuy said exactly. I made flash cards, did the Colorado test, and memorized it. You have to know all of the credits forwards and backwards. Also spend some time on the first couple of chapters of the manual on the application process and so forth.

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I second what MechGuy said exactly. I made flash cards, did the Colorado test, and memorized it. You have to know all of the credits forwards and backwards. Also spend some time on the first couple of chapters of the manual on the application process and so forth.

which manual?

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I second what MechGuy said exactly. I made flash cards, did the Colorado test, and memorized it. You have to know all of the credits forwards and backwards. Also spend some time on the first couple of chapters of the manual on the application process and so forth.

which manual?

I was referring to the LEED-NC version 2.2 reference guide. I know it has changed now, but that is what I more or less memorized for the test.

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is it just memorization? no reference material and no calcuator just makes me thing i need to memorize as much as possible and hope i can spill it out on test day.

That's exactly what was needed under v2.2. I think they were trying to make it less memorization for the new version, though I imagine there's still a lot of memorization/regurgitation involved.

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I took and passed the LEED AP test yesterday, but am somewhat troubled by the results. For one thing, I know almost nothing about LEED. OK so i read through the reference guide and study guide once and found some free questionaires (for LEED 2.2) on the net, but that is all. I blindly guessed on at least 10 questions, used the "educated" guess method for 50-60 and had a good idea of the right answer for the remaining 2 or 3. Heres the part that troubles me. I wont give my exact score in case anyone from LEED finds this but on the GA test i averaged 86% and scored 179. great. passed. on the second part i averaged 63% and scored 176. Does this make any sense? i actually scored below 30% in two areas on the second part. Makes me think the test is simply a way to justify the ungodly amount it cost to use their initials in my email.

any thoughts?

as a side note i now have the 2009 LEED reference guide and study guide available for purchase.

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^It's a fairly fluffy certification, it wasn't that difficult or time consuming, but it's sure great resume candy!

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LEED is bull$h!t IMO.

My last employer wanted everyone of the MEP engineers LEED accredited. You're right it is good for resume, but it's an unjustified amount of cost and paperwork for owners just to achieve a LEED rating for their building. Build to ASHRAE standards and it'll cost less with the same if not better results.

But congrats. It's needed if you work on municipal projects, etc..

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LEED is bull$h!t IMO.

My last employer wanted everyone of the MEP engineers LEED accredited. You're right it is good for resume, but it's an unjustified amount of cost and paperwork for owners just to achieve a LEED rating for their building. Build to ASHRAE standards and it'll cost less with the same if not better results.

But congrats. It's needed if you work on municipal projects, etc..

i whole heartedly agree. i only got the accreditation for the "perceived" benefits. the cost is bloated and it only gets you a bunch of paper work that isnt necessary because we can design an energy efficient building without their help.

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I was looking at the CMP guide to see how much im going to have to pay these guys to use their logo when i came across this "The LEED AP without specialty credential is held in perpetuity and does not have any credential maintenance requirements or fees." I took the LEED AP BD & C. So does this mean if at the end of two years i havent completed 30 hrs of ce and i havent given them 50$, i can use the LEED AP just not the BD & C? or does this only apply to those that tested before there were specialty tests?

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I was looking at the CMP guide to see how much im going to have to pay these guys to use their logo when i came across this "The LEED AP without specialty credential is held in perpetuity and does not have any credential maintenance requirements or fees." I took the LEED AP BD & C. So does this mean if at the end of two years i havent completed 30 hrs of ce and i havent given them 50$, i can use the LEED AP just not the BD & C? or does this only apply to those that tested before there were specialty tests?

To my knowledge, it's just to the legacy guys...

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I was looking at the CMP guide to see how much im going to have to pay these guys to use their logo when i came across this "The LEED AP without specialty credential is held in perpetuity and does not have any credential maintenance requirements or fees." I took the LEED AP BD & C. So does this mean if at the end of two years i havent completed 30 hrs of ce and i havent given them 50$, i can use the LEED AP just not the BD & C? or does this only apply to those that tested before there were specialty tests?

To my knowledge, it's just to the legacy guys...

I'm pretty sure that's the case.

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I was looking at the CMP guide to see how much im going to have to pay these guys to use their logo when i came across this "The LEED AP without specialty credential is held in perpetuity and does not have any credential maintenance requirements or fees." I took the LEED AP BD & C. So does this mean if at the end of two years i havent completed 30 hrs of ce and i havent given them 50$, i can use the LEED AP just not the BD & C? or does this only apply to those that tested before there were specialty tests?

To my knowledge, it's just to the legacy guys...

I'm glad I am one of the legacy guys. The requirements to keep the extra letters after LEED AP are way more difficult than what it is required to keep PE after my name.

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Hi everyone,

I recently passed the LEED GA exam and I'm interested in working on a green building. Is there a place where I can apply for this particular project ?

will appreciate any help , thanks.

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as a side note i now have the 2009 LEED reference guide and study guide available for purchase.

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