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

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 of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-June 30 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*

Looking for more study materials? Access the following course and publication:

362 commentsLeave a comment

Environmental engineer, L & T
Hii, "LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-June 30 of each year" Does this mean by July 2015 next version of LEED GA is coming & new course material will be recommendable since am intending to write exam on or after July 2015?? Also I hope yearly updating will not affect the accreditation of an already accredited person & he/she doesn't have to undergo test/courses again on renewed version??
Student, Yeditepe University
Hi. Will we take any document for preparation (as a study book) when we register and do the payment for exam ?
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Hi, I want to appear for the LEED GA exam. "LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, LEED v4 Edition" will be sufficient for the exam preparation or I should refer all the references enlisted in the candidate's handbook. Also I want a quick clarification on weather I should go for LEED GA or LEED GA +AP with specialty combine exam, as I have working experience of one year in LEED registered project . Please clarify.
., U.S. Green Building Council
At a minimum, please be sure to consult and review the references listed in the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook. This will give you confidence that your preparation has addressed the materials used to write the exam questions. The exam guide is not meant to replace studying the materials, but it is meant to be used with them. The LEED Green Associate canddiate handbook is listed here: Good luck!
Hi!!! So I have two questions. The first is do I have to be at least 18 to take the GA test? The handbook says that if you are audited you have to provide information and be at least 18 or older. Second question is: how comprehensive is the LEED green associate v4 book? Can i just study from the book or should I also look at the references in the handbook? Thanks!
., U.S. Green Building Council
Yes, we require candidates to be at least 18 years old. I would absolutely recommend that you study the references in the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook in addition to any exam preparation materials. It will help you feel confident that your student materials are addressing the material used to write the exam questions. Good luck!
I got a copy of the LEED Green Associate Exam Guide, 3rd Edition and never took the exam. Is this book still relevant to the exam? I know it probably wont be as comprehensive as the v4, but I would love to use the study materials I already have.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! Knowing more about the changes in LEED v4 may help you decide whether to purchase updated materials. The reference materials for the LEED Green Associate exam have been updated with LEED v4 content. Please see the list of references here: I would also recommend starting with these three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4:
Head of Sales & Business Development
Hi, I am from Pakistan and aspirant of LEED credentials. Can I obtain LEED BD+C directly or I have to obtain LEED GA first.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning LEED credentials. I would recommend taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty (e.g., LEED AP BD+C). 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here: Good luck!
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