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Learn more about the WELL Building Standard with our continuing education!

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system like LEED that focuses exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings.  While the LEED rating system and other green building rating systems looks more closely at environmental sustainability, the WELL standard focuses on the heath and wellness of occupants within buildings.

A WELL AP credential distinguishes building professionals who have in-depth knowledge of the WELL Building Standard, building codes and standards in the sustainability industry.

Understand if WELL is right for you and learn more about the Building Standard, exam and credential with our continuing education!

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Getting Started with WELL Building Standard

✔ Look at Eligibility Requirements,
✔ Look at Registration Fee
✔ How the Exam is Conducted
✔ Go over Exam Specifications
✔ Explore Exam Prep Resources

I am doing WELL! Are You?

✔ Become familiar with the WELL Building Standard
✔ Identify the body systems related to the WELL Building Standard
✔ Analyse WELL certification steps and processes
✔ Identify WELL AP exam requirements

WELL AP Exam Prep - Tips and Techniques -Part 1

✔ Go over Exam Specifications
✔ Look at Exam Tips and Techniques

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.

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 an exam prep for WELL AP?

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)

What are the steps to become a WELL AP?

Step 1 – Sign-up for a FREE WELL online account @ wellonline.wellcertified.com

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.

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.

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.

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