Your roadmap to the WELL AP exam

Your roadmap to the WELL AP exam

Thursday, May 10, 2018
/ By:
Jackie Hanzal


Are you passionate about the intersection between health and buildings? WELL APs are advancing the healthy building movement by supporting WELL Certification efforts around the world. More importantly, they serve as agents of public health, all while expanding their leadership and professional expertise.

Wondering how to get started? Check out our step-by-step guide:

Step 1

Learn about the WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM) and the WELL AP credential

  • Explore the WELL People Directory – our community of industry professionals and wellness trailblazers.
  • Review the WELL AP Candidate Handbook to learn about the role of the WELL AP and exam eligibility requirements.
  • Connect with IWBI on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with what professionals are saying about the WELL AP credential.

Step 2

Join the Movement: Embark on your WELL AP journey

Communicate your plans.

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” — Bo Bennett

  • Identify members of your support system who can provide encouragement and help you stick to your study plan.

  • Speak with your supervisor about your plans. If acquiring the credential aligns with your work, your employer may grant you time to study and/or financial reimbursements.

Join the WELL community.

  • Create a free profile within the WELL people directory and connect it to your LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

Register for the WELL AP exam.

  • Explore our WELL AP exam bundle options and determine whether you’re eligible for an affiliate discount through USGBC and ASID.

  • Register for the exam.

  • Schedule your exam. You’ll have 365 days or up to 1 year from the exam purchase date to do so. If you find that you need more time, you may request a single 6 month extension. Exam extensions cannot be provided after the 365 day exam eligibility period has expired.

Schedule your exam date!

  • Upon registration you’ll receive an exam eligibility ID (EID) via email from Prometric and be prompted to schedule your exam at a Prometric testing center near you.

  • Schedule your exam by logging into your WELL Online account, clicking on the account drop down menu and selecting “WELL AP.” Ensure that you’ve entered your name as it appears on your ID and select in which language you’d like to take the exam. On this screen you’ll find your EID (which you will need to schedule your exam) and click “schedule my exam”, then follow the prompts.

  • Don't forget to read the exam cancellation and rescheduling policy. If you need to make any changes to your exam eligibility please contact

Step 3

Gather core & supplemental resources

Download core resources.


If you're taking the WELL AP exam before Aug. 12, 2018, use the:



If you're taking the WELL AP exam after Aug. 12, 2018, use the:


January 2017 version of the WELL Building Standard Q1 2018 version of the WELL Building Standard
January 2017 version of the WELL Certification Guidebook Q1 2018 version of the WELL Certification Guidebook


Consider supplemental study resources.

  • Digital WELL AP Exam Study Plan – A self-paced, interactive, end-to-end, digital exam preparation module including over 30 study sessions.
  • ATP’s WELL AP Exam Preparation Guide – A comprehensive electronic webBook including a suite of digital learner resources that provide a thorough review of the principles and content within the WELL Building Standard™.
  • GBES WELL AP Practice Exams – The GBES WELL practice tests contain over 400 questions to prepare you for the WELL AP exam.

Step 4

Prepare and take the WELL AP exam

Prepare for exam day.

  • Prepare for exam day by reading page 6 of the WELL AP Candidate Handbook and learning about what to expect at the testing center.

Take the WELL AP exam.

Step 5

After the exam

The WELL AP exam is scored between 125 and 200. A score of 170 or higher is required to pass.

You will receive your WELL AP exam score immediately following the exam. Your exam score will be displayed on the screen at the end of the exam and Prometric will email your score report to you within 24 hours. Your WELL Online credentials account will be updated within 72 hours of your appointment. Login to download a PDF of your WELL AP certificate.

Didn't pass? Don't worry!

The WELL AP exam is a rigorous exam and not everyone passes on their first attempt. If your first attempt was unsuccessful, we recommend that you use your score report as a diagnostic study tool to see the features you need to review in greater detail.

Passed the exam? Congrats!

Now it's time to celebrate your achievement. Share your accomplishment on your social media channels and confirm you are listed in the WELL People Directory. And don't forget to review GBCI’s Credential Maintenance Guide to learn about ways you can maintain your credential and earn continuing education units (CEs). Finally, make sure to thank your support network.

As part of the Technical and Customer Services department at GBCI, Jackie Hanzal assists WELL AP exam candidates on a daily basis. She is committed to offering the clarity, information and practical solutions that can aid candidates in achieving their goals. When she is not in the midst of composing an email to exam candidates or chatting with a future WELL AP, she’s wandering her Minneapolis MN neighborhood admiring the foliage or biking the pathways alongside the Mississippi River.