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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-registered homes 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 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 certifying a homes project must contact a 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

Please make sure to review all eligibility requirements prior to pursuing the Green Rater certificate.


Step one: Complete the two-part Green Rater training

The Green Rater Training is designed to prepare qualified participants to provide verification services on LEED BD+C: Homes and LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise projects. This two-part training is mandatory for professionals pursuing the LEED Green Rater Certificate.

Part 1 of the training (free of charge) consists of five self-guided online training modules that introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of a LEED for Homes Green Rater, discuss applicable technical concepts, discuss verification specifics for various building types, and introduce the participant to the tools and resources that Green Raters will use.

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

    • 1.1 Becoming a LEED 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 consists of a two-day instructor-led workshop. This highly interactive workshop builds upon the material presented in the online course, further preparing you to rate on LEED homes projects, and delving deep into the verification services you will provide.

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

Register for the Green Rater Training Part 2 Instructor-Led Workshop with one of the following providers. All listed providers have been approved by GBCI.

Following the training, participants will be eligible to register and take the LEED Green Rater exam administered through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Once passing the exam, the Green Rater In-training will proceed to complete the required mentorship. Upon successful completion of the mentorship, the participant will be awarded the LEED Green Rater Certificate.


Step two: Submit additional eligibility qualifications

Demonstrate your eligibility for the LEED Green Rater exam by completing the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 3 yrs. experience in the field of residential construction (e.g. energy rater, general contractor, building inspector, etc). You will need to provide both of the following:
    • Dates of practice in the field of residential construction and
    • Contact info of professional reference who can attest to your experience
  1. A thorough understanding of basic building science. Applicants must complete a minimum of 4 hours of education covering the following topics: building envelope, heat transfer, moisture transfer, air transfer. You will need to confirm:
    • Certified HERS Rater or BPI Professional or
  1. A thorough understanding of the LEED homes rating systems. You will need to confirm one of the following:

Step three: Pass the Green Rater exam

Candidates may register for the exam through your usgbc.org account. The exam fee is $250 (per exam appointment). Note: you will only be able to register for the exam after completing all of the eligibility requirements. Access the candidate handbook to prepare for the exam.

For information on GBCI's exam refund/rescheduling policy please visit usgbc.org or email greenrater@usgbc.org with any questions.

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

  • Establish an agreement with a Homes Provider Organization. Complete the Green Rater mentorship within 24 months of passing the exam. After completing the mentorship, you will receive your LEED Green Rater certificate.
  • Maintain your certificate by verifying a minimum of 2 projects per 2 years.
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Project Manager, Del-Sano Contracting Corp
How Do I download part one of the Green rater Program. I do not see an option. Thanks.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Edward, thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED for Homes Green Rater. To access part one of the training, click the link above titled "Part 1: Full series of self-guided online learning modules (approximately 5 hours)." You can also access it here: http://www.usgbc.org/node/4803887#.
Managing Member, ArchEcology, LLC
Greenbuild 2016 is now open for registration, but I can't find any indication that a Green Rater training will be offered. Can someone confirm?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Nancy, thank you for your interest in the Green Rater training. There will be a Green Rater training offered at Greenbuild. In order to complete the 2-day training you will need to register for it in advance at https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Register. It doesn't look like registration is open yet. Please check back!
Senior Designer, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, LLC
The only green rater in our city has announced that she is quitting, and we have about 20 homes coming up that will go through certification. If a member of our office became a rater, would they be able to rate projects that came out of the same architectural office? We would really like to have someone local, as the next closest rater is a 4 hour drive away.
Hello I signed up for the April 27 and 28th course in Natick. I am trying to figure out if the course is Tuesday and Wednesday, or Monday during the day and Tuesday ,Wednesday.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
What company did you go through?
Architect, PGI ENERGY & FACILITIES
Hello! I'm spanish and I'm interested in becoming a LEED Green Rater. Can I do the "Part 2 two-day instructor-led workshop" at the GreenBuild expo? https://greenbuildexpo.com/LEEDWorkshops . Thank you for the attention. Best regards.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Esther, Thank you for your interest in the Green Rater training. If you would like to complete the 2-day training you will need to register for it in advance. https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Register It doesn't look like registration is open yet. Please check back!
Architect, PGI ENERGY & FACILITIES
Perfect! Thank you for your response Jackie! Do you know if it's posible to do the 2-day training in the Green Build Euromed? It would be easier for me. Thanks a lot!
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Esther, I do not think the Green Rater is offered at EuroMed. I did not see it listed on their site. Perhaps check back to their site or email them directly to see if that is something that they will be offering. Thanks!
Architect, PGI ENERGY & FACILITIES
Ok! I will do it! Thank you very much for your help, Jackie!
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for your question, Robert. You will want to review the eligibility requirements listed in Step 2 to ensure you are eligible before signing up for your training. To get started, please make sure you are logged into your USGBC account. Please click here to begin the training process: http://www.usgbc.org/node/4803887# You will then click on the individual training modules and complete the quiz for each. I hope that helps!
Ok, great. Thanks for the response Jackie!
So, it's not clear here, if one must register somehow, prior ro beginning the part one modules, or does one simply sign in and go from there?
Environmental Program Manager, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed
Is the Green Rater Certification applicable only for single-family homes and mid-rise multifamily properties? Do commercial buildings (new construction and O&M) use Green Raters, or is this purely a residential building application? Thanks.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED for Homes Green Rater credential is only applicable to LEED for Homes projects. Thanks for your interest!
I am from India and very keep to proceed Leed Certification. Kindly guide me so I can proceed. I am an IT Professional currently having good experience in in ISP/IT/Automation industry.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Rajesh, I am happy to help guide you in the right direction. Are you interested in our LEED Accredited Professional credential or in the Green Rater training?
Project Assistant, LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited
Hi there, Is there any way I can take this training virtually? I'm really interested in being a Green Rater. Way forward please. Thanks!
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ahmed, Thanks for your question and your interest in the Green Rater training. At this point, the trainings are offered by our education partners and at the annual Greenbuild conferences. Keep checking back for more workshop opportunities. Thank you again for your interest!
Project Assistant, LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited
Thanks for the response, Jackie. I am resident in Nigeria and I am in the process of planning a start-up consultancy firm to offer green building services and building certification. Does the LEED AP certificate allows me to report a building for certificate or I must be a green rater?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ahmed, That's great news about the consultancy firm you are going to be starting. I encourage you to look at the steps of LEED certification here: http://www.usgbc.org/certification. Green Rater provides the verification process for the certification in BD+C Homes and Multi-family Mid-rise projects.
Principal, CPG Consultants, LLC: Green Building + Land Development Services
Will there be any green rater trainings held in CA?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Paul, Thank you for your interest in the Green Rater Training. You can find upcoming trainings by going directly to the webpages of our Education Partners (above). I did not see anything readily available in California at this time. Please check back directly with our education partners who offer the Green Rater training. Again, thank you for your interest!
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: http://www.usgbc.org/education
Senior Associate, The Levy Partnership, Inc.
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: http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GUIDE%20TO%20GREEN%20RATER%20EL... 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!
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
We don't currently have any international training scheduled unfortunately. However, US EcoLogic http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/us-eco-logic has international projects in the Middle East.
RESNET-HERS/GR | LEED-H/GR | NGBS-GV | EGC-TAP, ASERusa
Where does one find the "Active Status Document Form?"
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Arabtec LEED Manager, Arabtec Qatar
Hi Monique , Thanks for your reply but I am asking for an online training as an alternative than attending 2 days workshop in USA. to be eligible for Green rater exam.
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Unfortunately, there is not an online alternative to the mandatory 2-day training at this time.
Sustainability Project Manager, Alfa Tech
Hi, I am looking for the LEED For Homes 252 webinar. Looks like the only place offering it WAS Hanley Wood but the course is no longer listed. Please let me know if the course if offered elsewhere online. Thanks!
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED for Homes Program Review Webinar Series is now available here: http://energylogicacademy.com/course-catalog/leed-for-homes-program-review/
Sustainability Project Manager, Alfa Tech
Thank you for the link!
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?
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Mohamed, you can find links to online education and resources to study for the LEEDv4 exams here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam
Electrical Project Engineer, U.S. Department of State
All the Instructor-led 2-day LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshops are thousands of miles from me - any way to complete this online?
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kenneth, The 2-day workshop portion is mandatory and unfortunately does not have an online alternative. That said, I'd encourage attendance at our Greenbuild International Conference and Expo as it maximizes benefits of travel.http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/LEEDWorkshops
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.
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, 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: http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/LEEDWorkshops
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
It will be held Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21 in New Orleans, LA.
Electrical Project Engineer, U.S. Department of State
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?
Residential Quality Assurance Manager, 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: http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members/homes-providers
Electrical Project Engineer, U.S. Department of State
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?
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