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Thinking about earning your LEED Green Associate this summer? Have questions about what it takes to pass, what you need to study or how the credential can help your career?

We’ve got answers.

Join @USGBC on Twitter this Tuesday, July 23 at noon EST. The conversation will be led by two students currently studying for their LEED Green Associates, and two professionals who have gone through the process and passed with flying colors.

Our panelists:

  • Stephanie Williams (@swilliams1188) a student at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Stephanie is currently studying for her LEED Green Associate exam.
  • Caroline McNally, a student at Furman University and a USGBC policy and market research summer intern. Caroline is currently studying for her LEED Green Associate.
  • Afroz Algiers (@AfrozAlgiers), MS/PhD student at Stanford University, MAP fellow. Afroz passed her LEED Green Associate in 2011 and went on to earn her LEED AP BD+C.
  • Cindy Thompson (@ctt916) USGBC Community Advancement Specialist, LEED Green Associate.

Follow hashtag #LEEDGA to ask your toughest questions and gain valuable insider tips and tricks for passing your exam on the first try. See you online!

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I worked as a Flight Engineer in commercial aviation. Did not work for last 2 years. I would like to know whether I should go for the Building Performance Analyst certification first to embark on a new career in GREEN. Please advise. Irshad Brooklyn, NY
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
I am not familiar with the Building Performance Analyst certification but, I am sure it would be beneficial. I can tell you that if you interested in becoming a LEED professional it would signify that you’re a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement. With jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, a LEED credential shows a clear commitment to professional growth, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations. See more about our LEED credentials here:
Hi Dawn, Thank you for your advise. I have 4 years college in Mechanical Engineering (obtained 35 years back!). Do I have to go to college again ? What are the prerequisites to start at the bottom to get into GREEN ?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Irshad, many of the 'green' industry's current LEED professionals or sustainability leaders did not go back to school. They have built on their existing education, career and knowledge base. As a place to start you may want to read our USGBC+ publication available online here : You can also take several short courses (most of which are free) that introduce you to green building and LEED. Please feel free to search our Education@USGBC platform or look at courses available here: Lastly, you can meet with like minded professionals through our local USGBC chapters and communities. You can search the nearest community here: Chapters are more easily found through a Google search as their host webpages differ. I hope this helps!
Am interested to learn LEED GA. How could i start first? Where i could get my study materials?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Vidhusha, Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate Credential. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook- All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here-, online or in-person courses (found here- and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
Am interested to learn LEED GA. How could i start first? Where i could get my study materials?
Consultant Ethics Investigations, Consulting JLL for Ethics Investigations
I appeared for GA exams about a year ago but missed it by one mark. The pass percentage is very high. But it was a great learning process. Am definitely educated on the basic requirements for any LEED certified buildings.
I am interested in LEED green associate exam. Can I get the info now.?
Environmental consultant and Green Building counseller, A. Maane
May I read this chat now? I have just learned it was held.
Contractor, Energime Sustainable Technologies


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