Update (as of July 1, 2017) on the WELL website:
“Please use the January 2017 version of the WELL Building Standard and WELL Certification Guidebook as your primary study resources when preparing for the WELL AP Exam. To learn more about how you can prepare for the exam you can also review the GBCI Candidate Handbook.”
Here’s a helpful response (from April, 2017) to two questions I asked IWBI regarding what to study for the WELL exam. The WELL building standard is in constant development, and the standard is periodically updated, which made me wonder what guidebook version I should use. Would I need to keep downloading the guidebooks as they were updated? Also, on the wellcertified website, in addition to the free guidebooks, there are additional study materials for sale, and it wasn’t clear to me whether there was relevant information in these study materials that wasn’t covered in the official WELL Building Standard and WELL Certification Guidebook.
Other people had asked this question too, so I thought it would be helpful to post the answer.
You can download the WELL standard PDF for study on this page (upper right corner):
Thanks for the help, IWBI!
Thank you for contacting IWBI to learn more about preparing for the WELL AP exam. The current version of the WELL AP exam is based on the September 2015 version of the WELL Building Standard and WELL Certification Guidebook. You are correct that the additional resources available to prepare for the exam would be helpful, but all exam questions are based off the 2015 version of the WELL Building Standard and Certification Guidebook themselves. Therefore all exam content is pulled directly from those two core documents.
Please do let me know if this answers your questions and best of luck in your preparations.
Associate, Education and Accreditation
International WELL Building Institute, PBC
I have a question about which version of the WELL standard to study for the WELL exam.
It looks like the current standard is the January 2017 version. I had downloaded the February 2016 version to study. This page:
says that “The WELL AP exam tests your knowledge of the September 2015 version of the WELL Building Standard and the Certification Guidebook.”
Also, it looks like there are preparation resources available for purchase. I’m sure these would be helpful for learning the material and practicing for the exam, but I’m assuming that all the content covered by the exam would be covered in the official (free) WELL Building Standard and the Certification Guidebook. Is that correct?
Thanks for the help!