The SITES Accredited Professional establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development. It provides landscape professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to the profession. There are two ways to take the SITES AP exam. You have the option to take the exam at a Prometric Testing Center or as a remotely proctored online exam. To learn more, download the SITES AP Candidate Handbook. Learn more.

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How to become a SITES AP

In order to achieve the SITES AP credential, all candidates must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the SITES AP exam. The exam, constructed using GBCI’s rigorous test development best practices, is built on the expertise of leading practitioners in the field of sustainable land design and development and is intended to test a candidate’s competency to perform the job functions of a SITES AP. Download the SITES AP Candidate Handbook to learn more.

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Eligibility requirements GBCI recommends that candidates taking the SITES AP exam have exposure to SITES concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing. Practitioner experience is critical to the SITES AP designation and, as such, project proficiency will be tested objectively within the SITES AP exam itself. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, and prior SITES project experience is strongly recommended. Resources The exam draws on the SITES v2 Rating System and the SITES v2 Reference Guide. We've developed a four-week study plan to help you prep for the SITES AP exam. Visit the SITES Resource page for these and additional study documents.

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Exam Fees

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Exam Fee for USGBC members, ASLA members, LEED Green Associates, LEED APs and WELL APs $400
Exam Fee $550
Credential Maintenance Fee $85

SITES AP Credential Maintenance Program

The SITES AP credential requires ongoing maintenance every two years. The SITES AP Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) is designed to align with the LEED and WELL professional credentials’ CMP so that professionals who have earned the SITES AP, LEED professional credential and/or WELL AP can leverage the majority of hours earned for one program for the other.

  General CE Hours Required SITES-specific CE Hours Required Total CE Hours Required
SITES AP 24 6 30

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