LEED AP: Does IGBC Project Experience Count Toward Eligibility?

Post date: Feb 10, 2013 3:42:24 PM

Ruchi asks: Criteria for LEED AP Speciality Exam: I have worked on USGBC registered project in 2009 and 2 Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) registered projects this year. Does USGBC accept IGBC registered projects experience or is it required to have USGBC registered project experience only?

Advice provided by: Yusuf Turab, Y T Enterprises

Hi Ruchi, thanks for your question.

In short, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) does accept experience attained through IGBC projects. So, if your are already a LEED Green Associate, you can go right ahead and apply for the LEED AP with specialty exam.


The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems.

The LEED rating systems are used to certify building projects that are high performing in the following areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a part of CII-Godrej Green Business Centre, which promotes green building in India. The IGBC develops the IGBC rating systems, which include Green Homes, Green Townships, and Green SEZ.

The IGBC is also licensed by the USGBC to administer LEED India, which is the indigenized version of the LEED rating system.


USGBC, in partnership with the Green Building Certification Institute, offers the LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credentials for green building professionals. These credentials demonstrate the professionals' knowledge of sustainable building principles and the LEED rating systems.

The IGBC also offers a professional credential for Indian green building professionals called the IGBC AP. This demonstrates a professional's knowledge of the IGBC rating programs and general green building principles.

Since both the USGBC's LEED rating systems and IGBC's rating programs are used in India, many Indian green building professionals like to earn both LEED credentials and the IGBC AP credential.

LEED AP Eligibility: Does IGBC Project Experience Count?

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams and determines a candidate's eligibility.

To be eligible for LEED AP with specialty exams, a candidate must have both (1) experience on a LEED project and (2) the LEED Green Associate credential.

GBCI accepts experience attained through IGBC projects as LEED project experience. Therefore, if you are already a LEED Green Associate, you should be eligible for the LEED AP exam.