Free LEED CEUs to Meet BD+C Requirements

Some of you may be aware of a terrific LEED resource at The areforum is primarily a place for support and advice for those taking the Architectural Registration Exams (AREs), but the site also hosts a “LEED forum”. The topics in the LEED forum are pretty wide ranging, from test taking tips to rants about LEED and just about anything in between. I try to stay pretty current on the LEED forum and throw in my 2 cents occasionally. When I visited the forum earlier this week, I found a post by a member nicknamed faramir02. The post contained a terrific chart that laid out a very clear path for achieving all the required LEED continuing education units you need to “opt-in” to the LEED AP BD+C path using the prescriptive education option (see my post here if you’re confused about opting-in). The best thing about this path, though, is that all of the continuing education courses are completely free. With faramir02’s permission I am also making this chart available to you below. All you will need to do is search for the course by it’s name in the USGBC course catalog to access and take the free course and then self-report your units in the “my credentials” section of the GBCI website.

Download the continuing education chart here.


6 thoughts on “Free LEED CEUs to Meet BD+C Requirements

  1. Oh my goodness! You are amazing! After struggling to find the proper (free) courses for months now, I stumbled upon this post. This is perfect!! THANK YOU!


  2. Hi Allison,

    Thanks for this great post. I’d also like to point out that LEED APs without specialty can now earn one through USGBC’s Principles of LEED program – it’s a free 6 hour program that is available online, so you can go at your own pace. You just have to take a quiz at the end of each 6 hour module. You can find it here:

    LEED Green Associates or APs can also use this free program to earn LEED-specific continuing education hours. Read more about this here:

    Thanks again,


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