The SITES Accredited Professional (SITES AP) provides professionals with the opportunity to increase and demonstrate their knowledge, expertise and commitment to sustainable land development. The SITES AP credential applies to landscape architects, sustainability consultants, planners, ecologists, urban designers and others interested in nature-based solutions, optimizing ecosystem services, and overall, ensuring outcomes of a development project are sustainable, resilient and regenerative.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates must be 18 years of age or older, and prior SITES project experience is not required but recommended, as well as exposure to SITES concepts through educational courses, volunteering or work experience. Download the SITES AP Candidate Handbook to learn more.

Exam prep

The exam draws on the SITES v2 Rating System and the SITES v2 Reference Guide. Access the four-week study plan to prepare for the exam.

Register for the exam

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. Register for the exam.

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 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 can leverage CE hours earned for one program for the other. The credential maintenance fee is $85. Review the CMP Guide.

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

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