LEED Professional Project Experience Program

Join this online program not only qualify to take any one of the LEED AP exams, but to also gain the practical experience you need to guide future projects through the LEED certification process. As an added benefit, the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program have proven effective at preparing candidates to pass the LEED AP specialty exams.

Need LEED project experience to qualify for the LEED AP exam?

With the launch of LEED v3 in 2009, any candidate wishing to take the LEED AP exam must have previous experience on a LEED Registered Project within the past 3 years. This experience must be documented in the form of a letter of attestation from a supervisor, client or project manager that describes the candidate's involvement in the project and verifies the candidate’s project role (read more about this requirement).

USGBC-NCC partners with GreenStep and Green-Buildings.com to bring you the LEED Professional Project Experience Program. This unique, web-based program provides you an opportunity to actively work on a LEED registered project, and qualify for the LEED AP exam.

This online program takes place over 4 weeks, every Tuesday evening from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time via web conferencing.

Program Benefits

Upcoming Start Dates
  • July 22, 2014
  • August 19, 2014
  • September 16, 2014
USGBC-NCC Members: Receive a $25 discount! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive the discount code.

Take part in our unique four-week program, and learn by doing. As a team member, you are assigned a project role on LEED Online, participate in a series of weekly online project meetings, and complete tasks that contribute to the project’s certification efforts, including:

  • Perform LEED credit calculations
  • Navigate LEED Online
  • Evaluate credit costs
  • Troubleshoot potential setbacks
  • Review documentation for compliance
  • Review Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR)
  • Complete the LEED Template

Continuing Education Units

Earn 10 CEUs (5 LEED-specific and 5 general) for participation in this program.


This course is intended for LEED AP candidates and LEED Green Associates seeking to earn the LEED AP credential, as well as building professionals who have some level of familiarity with the LEED Rating System and want to go beyond the basics and gain a thorough understanding of how to manage the LEED documentation process.

Enrollment is very limited. Once seats are filled, candidates wishing to participate may contact Green-Buildings.com to be added to a waiting list for future projects.


Participants should hold a LEED Green Associate credential or have a basic knowledge of the LEED Rating System.

Methods of Instruction

This program employs various online communication methods including virtual meeting, email and/or chat, utilizing an actual LEED Registered Project. Participants engage in discussions, work through problems, accomplish various tasks, assist in the documentation process, complete take-home assignments, and provide feedback.


GreenStep stands behind its program 100%. Upon successful completion of the GreenStep Professional Project Experience Program, team members receive a Letter of Attestation to submit to GBCI as part of the LEED exam application process. If your Letter of Attestation is not accepted by GBCI, the original purchase price of the program will be refunded. Each and every program participant that has applied for the LEED AP with specialty exam to date (over 40 in total) has had his or her exam application approved by GBCI, including those that were randomly selected for audit.

Important: If you seek only a LEED Green Associate credential, you do not need LEED project experience. This professional experience requirement is only for those who wish to become a LEED AP.


USGBC-NCC Members: $470 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive the discount code!)
Non-Members: $495

About the Project Leader

Alex Spilger

Alex Spilger is Principal and Founder of GreenStep and has worked on over 50 diverse LEED projects and taught over 80 LEED workshops through organizations such as local chapters of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business among others. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley Extension where he teaches a 6-week LEED Project Management course. His experience includes facilitating eco-charrettes, researching green building technologies and policy, and managing both the people and the processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification.

Alex is an active member of USGBC-NCC and serves on the USGBC Corresponding Committee for LEED-EBOM. He is also founding board member of GreenLaces.org, a non-profit committed to leveraging the visibility and influence of athletics to create positive change for the planet. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM, a USGBC-NCC Instructor, a Certified Green Building Professional, an AIA Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA. 

"GreenStep’s program was money well spent. It offered actual and varied experience allowing me to gain application approval for the LEED AP exam the day I received my attestation letter. Many thanks!”
- Sean Weeks PE, LEED GA

"GreenStep’s program demonstrates why professional project experience is now a requirement for LEED AP qualification by bringing to life the calculations, submittals and general workings of the LEED online process. It also definitely helped me to successfully pass the LEED AP exam."
- Bunmi Lijadu, LEED AP

“GreenStep’s Professional Project Experience Program provided great hands-on, real world experience on an actual LEED project. It helped me better understand the entire LEED process including credit calculations, LEED templates and LEED Online. Alex, the Project Team Administrator, was very knowledgeable of everything LEED and conveyed the information in an efficient manner. His letter of attestation provided upon completion of the program was comprehensive and effective. GBCI approved my application within one day of submittal and I passed the LEED AP exam on my first try several weeks later.”
- Sterling Steele

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Rudolph and Sletten

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U.S. Green Building Council -
North California Chapter

560 Mission St. Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 659-9404
Email: info@usgbc-ncc.org