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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-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 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.

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.

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

Access Green Rater Training Part 1

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

Register for the training with one of the following providers:

Step two: Submit 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 one of the following:
  1. A thorough understanding of the LEED homes rating systems. You will need to confirm one of the following:

Submit eligibility qualifications

Step three: Pass the Green Rater exam

Exam fee: $250 (per exam appointment)

Candidates may register for the exam through your usgbc.org account. Note: you will only be able to register for the exam after completing all of the eligibility requirements.

Register for the Green Rater Exam

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

Access the candidate handbook

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