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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)

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

Green Rater Handbook
Green Rater Eligibility Qualifications
Green Rater Exam Specifications
Green Rater Mentorship Completion Form


18 commentsLeave a comment

Arabtec LEED manager, Arabtec Qatar
I am LEED AP of Homes working in Qatar and I want to register for training in order to apply for the exam.are all providers have on line training?
Field Technician, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
All the Instructor-led 2-day LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshops are thousands of miles from me - any way to complete this online?
Founder, SPC Solutions
Will USGBC offer a Green Rater 401 training this year? If it will, how to find out the dates and other info? Many thanks.
Homes Quality Assurance Team Lead, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Bilge, If you scroll up to Part 2, you'll see the header 'Register for the training with one of the following Education Partners:' followed by a list of Education Partners that offer the course. Please click on these active (blue) links to see upcoming trainings Education Partners are offering. USGBC will host one ourselves at Greenbuild International Conference. View the pre-conference Green Rater Training here:
Homes Quality Assurance Team Lead, U.S. Green Building Council
It will be held Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21 in New Orleans, LA.
Field Technician, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
What kind of professional liability insurance is recommended to avoid any future problems should a contest be made of a certification recommended by a Green Rater?
Homes Quality Assurance Team Lead, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kenneth, The best resource to ask this question to is the LEED for Homes Provider QAD you are working with as a Green Rater. If you are not yet working with a Provider, you'll want to reach out to one. We have a Directory of Providers here:
Field Technician, Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Thanks for the reply - unfortunately I am locked out of the Part 1 training right now and have to find a way to complete it...I will follow your advice - thank you again!
President, TJH Energy Consulting
Where on the website can I find a "LEED for Homes Green Rater Active Status Documentation Form" to fill out to show I've completed two projects in two years?
Homes Quality Assurance Team Lead, U.S. Green Building Council
The Active Status Form is available for download through Yammer - LFH Verification Team Network. Look in the Green Rater group under 'Files' section.
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