LEED AP Operations and Maintenance
The LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Operations and Maintenance certificate is given to individuals who achieve a passing score on the LEED AP Operations and Maintenance Exam. This certificate is intended for those who work in the operation and maintenance phases of existing buildings and signifies a high degree of expertise in lowering the environmental impact of the building’s operations and using sustainable energy sources in those operations. LEED AP Operations and Maintenance professionals hired to work on a construction project will be able to offer assistance in bringing the building up to the standards that can win it LEED certification from the Green Buildings Certification Institute (GBCI).
Questions on the LEED AP Operation and Maintenance Exam are divided into seven areas:
- Project Site Factors
Subjects include lighting, green management, and climate conditions.
- Water Management
Subjects include water treatment, storm water, irrigation demand, and chemical management.
- Project Systems and Energy Impacts
Subjects include energy performance policies, building components, on-site renewable energy, energy performance measurement, energy tradeoffs and sources, energy usage, and specialized equipment power needs.
- Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
Subjects include materials reuse, rapidly renewable materials, food materials, material acquisition, chemical management policy, and environmental management plan.
- Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Subjects include minimum ventilation requirements, tobacco smoke control, air quality, ventilation effectiveness, indoor air quality, low-emitting materials, chemical and pollutant controls, lighting controls, thermal controls, and views and types of building spaces.
- Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
Subjects include design workshop, ways to earn credits, and education of building manager and operating staff.
- Project Surroundings and Public Outreach
Subjects include infrastructure, zoning requirements, government planning agencies, traffic studies, reduced parking methods, and ADA/universal access.
The fee for the LEED AP Operations and Maintenance Construction Exam differs depending on whether it is taken in combination with the LEED Green Associate Exam (required for the certificate) or separately. The fees are:
Application fee: $100
Combined exam fee: $450*
LEED AP Building Design and Construction Exam only: $250**
Renewal fee: $50 every two years
*The discounted fee for full-time employees of the United States Green Building Council and Canadian Green Building Council national member companies is $300.
**The discounted fee for full-time employees of the United States Green Building Council and Canadian Green Building Council national member companies is $150.
Last Updated: 09/29/2012