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Prepare for your LEED Green Associate Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED Green Associate!

A LEED credential gives you a competitive edge and shows the market you have the key knowledge, experience and credibility to bring success to LEED projects and sustainability-focused organizations.

The key to earning a LEED Green Associate credential is a thorough understanding of green building and LEED.

LEED v4 exam: available from June 30, 2014

Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures.

The LEED v4 exam is based on the following text specifications and references. The exam questions reflect Task Domains and Knowledge domains.

Task Domains: Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively. These include concepts such as LEED Project and Team Coordination, LEED Certification Process, Analyses Required for LEED Credits, and Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System.

  • LEED Green Associate Tasks (100%)

Knowledge Domains: Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.These include concepts such as LEED Process, Integrative Strategies, LEED credit categories, and Project Surroundings and Public Outreach.

  • LEED Process (16 questions)
  • Integrative Strategies (8 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (7 questions)
  • Sustainable Sites (7 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (9 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (10 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (9 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (8 questions)
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (11 questions)


The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.

The LEED Green Associate Exam is designed to test the general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.

Please note: LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January 1 of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-July 1 of each year.

Sample Questions

These sample questions were discarded in the process of creating items for the new LEED Green Associate exam. The items are provided for your convenience to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.

  1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team
    A. Cannot submit any previously awarded innovation credit.
    B. May receive credit for performance that doubles a credit requirement threshold.*
    C. May submit a product or strategy that is being used in an existing LEED credit.
    D. May receive a credit for each LEED Accredited Professional that is on the project team.

  2. A developer wants to make a profit by building a new office that maximizes daylighting and views. What actions might the developer take to fulfill all parts of the triple bottom line?
    A. Restore habitat onsite
    B. Purchase ergonomic furniture
    C. Pursue local grants and incentives
    D. Provide lighting controllability for occupants*
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HI! I have a question, are there LEED guides in spanish?
OK, after passing the "Green Associate" . Can I take any "AP" exam I like it or there are other requirements?
Yes, once you earn a passing score on the LEED Green Associate exam you pay register for the LEED AP exam at any point. We do recommend that candidates have experience on LEED projects before taking the LEED AP exam though it is not a requirement.
Architect / Urban Planner
Hi! Is the "USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide" (2009) the same as "LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide"( LEED v4 Edition)? Thanks.
No, the LEED Green Associate Study guide(2009) covers content for the LEED Green Associate exam when it contained content regarding the LEED 2009 rating systems. The exam now features V4 content and the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide is the most up to date in regards to preparing for the test.
How much a Study Guide for LEED Green Associate? Where can I buy it?
The LEED Green Associate Study Guide is $89 for employees of Member Companies and $99 for non-members. It can be purchased here.(
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
While I have seen this study guide, and in terms of printed publications it is of superior quality, it should be clarified that this is not "THE" study guide, it is "A" study guide produced by USGBC Education Partner: ATP. Unlike the 2009 cycle, there is not an official study guide for LEED v4.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for clarifying, Glen. This is correct!
Manager - Project Engineering, Barry - Wehmiller International
Hi, in order to prepare for the LEED Green Associate Exam, I went through the Education page in USGBC portal. There aren't any FREE Resources, Study Material, Books, or Guides. Where can I get FREE books or study material ?
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