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LEED Green Rater

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Green Raters provide in-the-field verification services at each and every LEED BD+C: Homes and LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise Project.

Green Raters play a critical part in Homes certification. With tens of thousands of registered projects, the demand for qualified Green Raters is growing every day.

Green Raters are responsible for:

  • Providing on-site verification services on a LEED for Homes registered project
  • Assembling the Project Submittal Package and submitting it for certification review
  • Verifying that the home is designed and built to the rigorous requirements of the LEED for Homes rating system through onsite verification.
  • Green Raters must be involved with the project from the design phase (prior to a preliminary rating) and throughout the construction process.
  • Project teams interested in participating in the LEED for Homes program must contact a LEED for Homes Green Rater. 

All Green Raters work with Homes Provider Organizations to complete the verification process for each BD+C: Homes and BD+C: Multifamily Midrise project. Providers provide quality assurance oversight for each Green Rater. Providers are local organizations authorized by GBCI based on demonstrated experience and expertise in residential green building and on-site verification.

Steps to becoming a Green Rater 

Step one: Complete the Green Rater Eligibility Qualification process.

Step two: Complete the 2 part Green Rater training

Part 1: Full series of self-guided online learning modules (approximately 5 hours)

    • 1.1 Becoming a LEED for Homes Green Rater
    • 1.2 Green Rater Roles and Responsibilities
    • 1.3 Technical Strategies for LEED for Homes
    • 1.4 Multifamily and Production Home Projects
    • 1.5 Green Rater Tools and Resources

Part 2: Instructor-led 2-day LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop (2 full days)

Step three: Pass the Green Rater exam

Application fee: $50 | Exam fee: $250 (per exam appointment)

Candidates may register for the exam through your account:

  • Log into your account.
  • Select your name or photograph at the top, right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Click on Credentials.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen to register for the LEED for Homes Green Rater exam.

You will only be able to register for the exam after completing all of the eligibility requirements.

For information on GBCI's Exam refund/rescheduling policy please visit

To schedule five or more candidates at one time, contact

Please note, that the LEED for Homes Green Rater Candidate Handbook is currently being updated, and some policies outlined may have changed. Please feel free to email with any questions.

After passing the exam

Upon passing the exam, candidates will be recognized with a Green Rater in training status.

  • Establish an agreement with a LEED for Homes Provider organization. Complete the Green Rater mentorship within 24 months of passing the exam. After completing the mentorship, you will receive your LEED for Homes Green Rater certificate. 
  • Maintain your certificate by verifying a minimum of 2 projects per 2 years.

Access the candidate handbook

Register for a course

Find a green rater

Find a Homes Provider


Important resources

USGBC Articles can be accessed in the USGBC app for iOS or Android on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
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35 commentsLeave a comment

Principal, CPG Consultants, LLC: Green Building + Land Development Services
Will there be any green rater trainings held in CA?
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Taitem Engineering, PC
Hello, where do we sign up for the full series of self-guided online learning modules? Thanks, Courtney
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Do you mean education@USGBC? You can purchase a subscription here:
Hi, The link to the Green Rater Eligibility Qualification Online Form in the Guide to Green Rater Eligibility Qualifications document is broken. Can you please provide guidance on how to access the online form? I can't find it anywhere on the website. Secondly, I am a LEED AP without specialty. Will I be able to meet the educational requirements of 3 and 4 by virtue of this credential? Thanks.
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Adding on to Megan's response. A LEED AP without specialty would not meet eligibility requirements 3. and 4. as the test content did not thoroughly cover the topics of residential green building strategies or LEED for Homes Rating System requirements. There are online resources to assist you in meeting these requirements included in the link Megan provided. Thank you for your interest in the program!
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Regarding the broken link, I wonder if it was just a temporary glitch? It appears to be working now; try going here directly: And I'll have something else get back to you on your second question...
Hi there, I'm a LEED AP BD+C working in Dubai. Is there any closer location to me in order to do the 2 Day LEED for Homes training for Green rater? Also do you have a list of international companies who provide the mentorship? Thanks!
We don't currently have any international training scheduled unfortunately. However, US EcoLogic has international projects in the Middle East.
Where does one find the "Active Status Document Form?"
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
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