LEED ND Launches April 29th + First LEED AP ND Specializations Earned

After a refreshing weekend in the desert of California (ok... technically I was on a giant polo field), I came back to find a few important announcements about the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system, namely that there are now LEED AP ND specialists out there and that the system is going to be launched on April 29th!

LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

Did I mention that I'm digging the LEED-ND logo?

LEED-ND To Be Launched On Thursday, April 29

According to a press release forwarded by the USGBC Wednesday morning, there are going to be a set of meetings in Chicago and Washington, DC where R. Fed and company will "launch the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system" and it will be available online for registration at that time.*

First Batch of LEED AP ND Specialties Awarded

I found out about this through a less official but no less accurate source, as a friend of mine let me know that he just received a letter from the GBCI indicating that he had passed the beta test for the LEED AP ND specialty. The 'normal' test won't be live until June 11, 2010 (see the candidate handbook for eligibility and logistical details), but it appears as though you can apply to take the test right now. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Nathan Schutte, the first LEED AP ND worldwide (as far as I know**), on the links lamenting the lack of development density while enjoying the access to green space:

Leading us straight to sixth place...

Nathan had already passed the LEED-NC v2 AP exam, but was interested in learning about the system oriented more towards planning than building design. Since the beta test was free he decided it couldn't hurt to try. He said of the experience: "This test was the biggest kick in the teeth I've experienced." In other words it was hard, which is not terribly surprising but helpful to know anyway. He had worked on LEED-NC projects before, one of which happened to fall within a LEED-ND pilot project, and my understanding is that he used the LEED Reference Guide for Green Neighborhood Development as his study tool.

Were you in the group that took the LEED ND beta test? Let us know about your experience by sharing a comment!

*This section was edited on 04.22.10 after the USGBC Communications Department confirmed that registrations will be live on 04.29.10.

**Meaning this could easily be incorrect, but presumably all beta testers were notified at roughly the same time.


Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I took the exam as a beta-tester in mid February--and just found out that I passed last Friday--a long and kind of stressful wait..

I am a LEED AP from version 2.2 and as an urban planner, I was interested in this next level of applying LEED.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, that LEED-ND logo is slick! I was wanting a set of USGBC logo coffee mugs, but now I'm thinking maybe LEED-ND logo coffee mugs might be twice as nice.

I passed the LEED-ND beta, and yes it was arduous. The Reference Guide is all I used to study, but the thing is almost 500 pages and sometimes as complicated as health care reform. It will help when they get a study guide written.

Carly said...

I received my passing letting Friday as well.

Having worked on an LEED-ND pilot project I thought the exam might not be that bad, but so many things had changed from the pilot it was almost more confusing trying to forget the old requirements and learn all new ones. I'm not sure how much they will change from the beta version of the exam, but it seemed to be just as much memorization as any other LEED-AP exam. The new version of the reference guide is key to have, don't rely on any pilot version material!

Anonymous said...

As an update to my earlier post: I used the 500 page guide as well, and was amazed to find inconsistencies/typos/incorrect parallels across the document as I was reviewing the text. I think they rushed to print the document, possibly before it was ready...

Memorization is still a strong percentage of the exam...


Anonymous said...

I also recieved my Letter stating I had passed last Friday. It wa definitely as hard as everyone else stated! The memorization portion was there, but there was a good bit of calculations that were also required. I also agree, that there were several versions of pilot materials which were contradictory - so definitely get the "real" version, and DEFINITELY study.

Do you know how many took the Beta, and how many passed? i would be curious to know.


Joel McKellar said...

I don't have figures on how many took/passed the exam... will let you know if that changes.

Anonymous said...

...I will check back here, as I'm also interested in the number of folks that passed!


kmase80 said...

I also passed the LEED-ND beta exam. I agree, I thought the test was significantly more difficult to prepare for than the original LEED NC v2 exam, which I passed in October 2008. At one point, I completely disregarded the monstrous LEED ND Reference Guide and focused solely on the LEED ND Rating System PDF available for free ( http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148), and streamlined to 1/4 the length of the reference guide. This was more than enough to study from.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kerry
I have some questions for ND prep. Could you shoot me email via john1110@gmail.com
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I was told that ~850 people applied for the LEED AP ND Beta exam and ~250 were selected to take the exam. The USGBC will not disclose how many people passed, but I've heard that the targeted pass rate for the LEED 2009 exams is 20%. You do the math...

Anonymous said...

I have a question for ND prep.
It is needed to memorize all numbers in tables in rating system?
20% passing rate is quite normal, compare to other specialty area?