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Free WELL Exam Prep Resources

Are you interested in adding a WELL AP credential to your resume?

Check out these free WELL Exam Prep resources below to gain a better understanding of what to expect!

Is WELL right for me?  What’s the format of WELL AP exam? How much does it cost? Where do I register?

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What is the WELL Building Standard about?

The WELL Building Standard (WELL) focuses on the people in the building. The standard places human health and comfort to the forefront of building practices and reinvents buildings that are not only better for the planet, but also for people.  This is the first standard of its kind that focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants.y.

How is it related to the LEED rating system?

Other than being administered by the GBCI, WELL and LEED are both independent building rating systems. LEED focuses on sustainability as it pertains to the built environment along with occupant comfort. On the other hand, WELL focuses solely on the health and wellness of building occupants. WELL complements LEED and other rating systems geared towards environmental sustainability.

Who is a WELL AP?

A WELL AP is a professional who possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to support the WELL certification process.

What are the eligibility requirements to become a WELL AP?

One must take and successfully pass the WELL AP exam. Candidates must be 18 years or older. WELL project experience is recommended, however it is not a requirement! Candidates take the WELL Exams at Prometric Centers around the world (just like the LEED exams)

Is this right for me?

Do you consider yourself a leader in your industry?  Are you committed to placing health and wellness at the center of building design and performance? Then the WELL AP credential may be right for you!

Is there exam prep for the WELL AP exam?

Yes. GBRI WELL AP Exam Prep Package offers everything you need to pass the exam.
1. On-demand Audio/Video Modules for each Knowledge Domain/ WELL Concept
2. Standalone Study Guide
3. Practice Quizzes for each Knowledge Domain/WELL Concept
4. Five (5) Mock Exams
5. Memorization Tools (FREE)!

How much does GBRI WELL exam prep cost?

Depending on your preference, GBRI has several options available:
1. All inclusive WELL AP Package (This includes everything) – $149

2. WELL AP Study Guide, Quizzes and Mock Exams (Everything minus On-Demand Modules) – $99

3. WELL AP On-demand modules, Quizzes and Mock Exams (Everything minus Study Guide) – $99

4. Quizzes and Mock Exams (Everything minus Study Guide & On-Demand Modules) – $69

Should I choose the study guide or on-demand modules?

GBRI’s Study Guide and  On-demand Modules are both stand-alone exam prep resources.  Depending on your preference or learning style, you may choose one over the other. You don’t need both the study guide and on-demand modules; however, if you prefer, you may use the study guide to complement the on-demand modules. For example, you could start with the on-demand modules and use the guide to review what you learned or vice versa. While reviewing, pay close attention to underlined text in your study guide. Take the practice exams after completing each module/knowledge domain/concept and review answer choices to identify topics that may need additional attention. You may also utilize the concept matrix as a learning tool.

What are the steps to become a WELL AP?

Step 1 – Sign-up for a FREE WELL online account @

Step 2 – Register for the Exam by paying applicable fees

Step 3 – Schedule the exam through Prometric

How much is the cost for taking the WELL AP exam?

The fee varies based on your location, your organization’s USGBC member status and your LEED accreditation status. In the U.S. the fee is $465 for USGBC members and LEED professionals & $660 for others until July 1, 2017. After July 1, 2017, the fees will increase.

What is the exam like?

The exam is similar to what we see with the LEED Green Associate, AP and other credential exams .It is a computer-based multiple choice exam that is taken at a Prometric testing center.  The exam is 2 hours long and contains 100 questions including 15 unscored items. The exam is in English. There are questions that require you to pick multiple correct answers (no partial credit). All items are delivered randomly throughout the exam and candidates are not informed of an item’s status, so candidates should respond to all the items on the exam. The WELL AP exam is scored between 125 and 200.  You have to earn a 170 or higher to pass and earn your WELL AP.

Are there continuing education (CE) requirements for the WELL AP credential?

Yes. WELL APs have to complete 30 hours of CE in a 2 year reporting cycle. 6 of those 30 hours have to be WELL specific. A WELL specific course would have an explicit connection to the WELL rating system.

What does the WELL AP exam evaluate?

The questions within the WELL AP Exam test candidates’ abilities to recall factual information learned from the WELL standard guide, identify a solution for a scenario or problem given in a question and analyze the relationship or interaction between multiple elements of the rating system.

What is most important to study for the test?

The knowledge domains or concepts are the most important to study for the test. Understanding how many questions you can expect from each knowledge domain or concept will help identify how each section is weighed.  This is noted in the beginning of each knowledge domain or concept. At a minimum, identify, understand and learn the context of each feature, requirement and path involved. Pay close attention to texts that are highlighted, italicized, and underlined.

Is memorization needed for the WELL AP exam?

Yes, but it’s not memorization alone. Information is hard to remember if it does not make sense. So you need to understand what you are trying to learn and relate it to things you already know from the guide or your current knowledge.

Are there any helpful memorization techniques?

We have identified and listed several memorization techniques within the guide such as Mnemonics  (using the first letter of each word to create an easily remembered phrase or word). Choose the ones that work for you or use them to improvise your own techniques that suit you as each of us have a different way of learning and recalling information. According to Edward Bolled – “We remember what we understand; we understand only what we pay attention to; we pay attention to what we want.” Some of us identify and attach information to numbers while some identify them to sound, music and words. Studies have shown that revision is the key to long term memorization. Add notes or annotate while you read the guide for the first time. Review a concept after you read it once, pay attention to underlined text and your notes. Review it again before going to bed, and again the next day while trying to recall requirements for each WELL feature. Take the practice quizzes. Review your answers and revise the guide as needed. You should review the guide again after 1 day, 3 days and 1 week .Each time  you review, you don’t have to read the whole concept, just  focus on key items or underlined texts. You should be able to recall the information needed to pass the test.

I see a lot of numbers, reference documents and standards. Should I memorize all of them?

You are not required to memorize every single threshold, number and reference standard; however certain concepts carry more weightage than others. We have identified important ones by highlighting, italicizing or underlining the texts. Please memorize those.

Should I memorize the pre-conditions under each concept?

Identifying a feature – whether it is a pre-condition or optimization is important for the exam. There is an easy way to identify the optimizations within each concept area; we have noted it in the beginning of each concept.s.

Should I memorize the title of each feature within the WELL Building Standard?

You are not required to memorize the titles or identification numbers associated with each feature. The features along with their identification number and titles will appear in FULL in your exam questions and answer choices.

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  • Georgina Cruz  October 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    It was a well webinair and a great skills and topics to get the WELL AP and also certification system

  • Marcin Gawronski  October 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    It was a well prepared webinar. It seems that the awareness of people about the environment in which they live and work is still growing and, therefore, interest in certification system, which aimed at creating the right conditions affecting people’s health and well-being, will increase. I am very interested in becoming the WELL AP and I hope that soon there will be more and more developers who will want to meet the WELL system requirements.

  • Jonathan McLelland  October 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I really like the idea behind the WELL standard, and it would be great to use it in conjunction with LEED or even Living Building, but I wonder how many clients will be willing to go to the extra expense. I could see the combination of WELL for Existing Buildings and LEED EBOM being really powerful for a university, where they have large maintenance and operating costs, and a constituency that could appreciate the value of healthier and more environmentally responsible buildings

  • Thomas Matzke  October 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Just finished the WELL AP Seminar. Very interested in learning more and possibly becoming WELL AP. I like the concept

  • Chris Glaubitz  October 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    That was a nice webinar to get an overview of the standard and processes for projects and professionals! I would be interested in a more in-depth webinar focusing on the concepts in detail.


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