For previous versions of LEED, it was a “pass one exam and you’re a LEED AP for all tracks” deal. There seems to be a bit more confusion for LEED v3, but I went ahead and called the USGBC myself to get you a straight answer.
The USGBC representative told me that you can work on projects certifying under a different LEED rating system than the one you specialize in, and additionally you’re still able to earn that project a point for Innovation in Design Credit 2: LEED AP.
So, the specialty is just that – a specialty that you can say you are an expert in, which may help you land jobs, hire clients, etc. However, you’re still able to work on other projects under different LEED rating systems.
FAQs about your existing LEED AP credential:
- What happens to my LEED AP credential now that LEEDv3 has launched?
- Can a Legacy LEED AP still work on LEED v3 projects?
- Do I have to take any more tests to maintain my LEED credential?
- If I choose to take another exam, which exam should I take?
- If I pass one exam track, can I work on projects being certified under a different rating system?
- Do I have to take the LEED Green Associate exam?
- How do I prepare for a LEED AP Specialty exam?
- What EXACTLY is the Credential Maintenance Program for LEED?