LEED Certification

Become LEED Certified: Do You Need an Engineering Degree?

A Short Answer to a Simple Question

Become LEED Certified: Do You Need an Engineering Degree?

A potential student sent this question about how to become LEED Certified. The answer, of course, is that a person does not need to be an engineer or have an engineering degree. Similarly, a person does not need to be an architect, a lawyer, a designer, a builder, a developer, or a contractor. The LEED exam is for anyone interested in learning how to make our society’s livable spaces more sustainable.

I think most people confuse LEED with an architectural standard. However, the LEED Rating System was created by a third-party non-profit organization called the U.S. Green Building Council. Sure, LEED largely affects architects. But it’s not purely meant for architects. It really is more than that, and it affects everyone in the building industry.

All you have to do to become LEED certified is pass the LEED professional exam. Granted, you really should sign up for a LEED Exam Prep course to gain a thorough understanding of the test material.

For more information about how you can qualify for the LEED exam, check out the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook on the USGBC website.

Engineers (and engineering students) are a great audience for LEED, however. While an engineering degree is not a requirement, those interested in engineering are a natural fit for the LEED skill set. You’ll gain a better understanding of how to design and build green buildings. What’s great about LEED is that it takes into account a wide range of building strategies and building types. It’s a skill set that can be universally applied.

LEED offers something for everyone – civil engineers, structural engineers, environmental engineers, etc.

Whether you are interested in engineering or simply interested in sustainability, the LEED skill set is likely the perfect fit for you. Please give us a call at (800) 460-2575 to discuss your passion in greater depth, and we’ll guide you to the right LEED training course.

About Lesley Cowie

Lesley has been passionately advocating for and working with green building and renewable energy since 2009. She has experience with LEED certification, home energy auditing, blower door testing, solar energy, and more. She holds many certifications, including LEED Green Associate and NABCEP Certification. Her work has won numerous awards over the past decade.