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c an be confusing; however once you understand some of the key terms, the process is really quite simple. Just recently there has been a transition from LEED V2.2 to LEED v3.0. The confu sion erupted because the standards and structure for certification all changed a s a result of the update. The AP designation went from a one step to a two step process, and the name of the designation went from AP to AP+. Along with these c hanges, the terms themselves can be confusing, so here are six of the most commo nly confused terms. SIX Common Misconceptions Regarding LEED Training 1. LEED vs. LEAD: the term LEAD is what the person in charge does whereas LEE D is a green construction rating system used to create high quality, sustainable buildings. 2. Accreditation vs. Certification: A person earning the LEED AP+ designati on is accredited while a building that meets LEED guidelines and standards is ce rtified. Buildings and projects earn LEED certification, while people become LEE D Accredited Professionals (AP). 3. LEED Certified vs. Platinum vs. Gold vs. Silver: There are four rating s ystems used by the LEED certification process to rate buildings, and they range from 40 credits to 80 credits. A person with a LEED AP+ designation sets goals f or specific levels of credits for any given project. The project then must opera te within these guidelines to win these credits. Each level of LEED certificatio n is comprised of a 20 credit range, and the ranges are defines as follows: LEED Platinum 80+ credits LEED Gold 60 to 79 credits LEED Silver 50 to 59 credits LEED Certified 40 to 49 credit 4. GBCI vs. USGBC: Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages th e LEED Professional Accreditation and project certification program and grew out of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) who developed the LEED Rating System and now manages and hosts the online directory for LEED AP members. 5. Legacy LEED AP vs. LEED AP+: As of July 1, 2009 a new standard and struc ture for the LEED AP designation was introduced. If you already held the LEED AP designation you became a Legacy LEED AP, and if you are testing for the designa tion after this date your designation is LEED AP+. You have three different opti ons available to you if you want to convert your Legacy LEED AP designation into a LEED AP+ designation, and to take advantage of these options a Legacy LEED AP must take some action before June 2010. 6. LEED Green Associate vs. LEED AP+: The original LEED AP designation has been divided into two tiers. One is foundational and the other is the area of sp ecialty. The LEED Green Associate is the first tier or foundational leg of the a ccreditation process showing the owner has a rudimentary knowledge of green cons truction design and operations. The second tier is the LEED AP+ designation, whi ch shows the holder has specialized in one of five areas of green construction d esign and operations. Just as a side note there is a third tier in the new LEED standard for a LEED Fellow, and the criteria for this designation are still unde r development. By evolving as the recognized standard in the building industry worldwide, LEED is at the forefront of the green movement in construction design and management. LEED training is becoming more widely available.