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This article was last updated in April 2016.

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)

References

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*
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Intern Architect, MTACC
Hello, I have signed up for the LEED Green Associate Exam, and understand which study materials are free/accessible. However, I was hoping you could guide me to either a free or economical resource for practice exams to help prep. Thank you!
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Kristen! If you are looking for just practice questions/mock exams you can purchase that by itself through GBRI. https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/leed-v4-ap-ga-practice-questions/ GBRI also sells an All-Inclusive package which would give you access to online modules, section quizzes, a study guide, audio files, flash cards, mock exams & handouts. Our All-Inclusive package comes with everything you need to pass your LEED exam! We are so confident we are now offering a 100% money back guarantee! This All-Inclusive package is normally $149, however if you can get today for only $99! To receive this discounted price use the coupon code LEEDGA https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at felicia.fuller@gbrionline.org. Thanks, Felicia - GBRI
DESIGN ARCHITECT , wsarchitect
hi , a few days age i registered for the exam but i dont have the material to study from where i can get it?????urgent for answer
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Hussein! If you're interested in an All-Inclusive package that would give you access to everything you need to pass the exam I would recommend looking into GBRI's All-Inclusive package. This package would give you access to online modules, section quizzes, a study guide, audio files, flash cards, mock exams & handouts. We are so confident you'll pass your exam using our material we are now offering a 100% money back guarantee! We are also offering 30% off any of our exam prep packages. To receive this discount use the coupon code GBRI30! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at felicia.fuller@gbrionline.org. Thanks, Felicia - GBRI
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Hussein, Thanks for your inquiry. Kristen's comments to George's question below would be helpful for your exam preparation.
architect, architecture and construction
Hello, I'm wondering if the exam has diferents dates, once I pay it or right away I have to do it online? I'm looking forward an answer. Thanks in advance.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. Once you register for the exam you have 1 year to take the exam. It does not have to happen immediately after registration You have the option to check the availability/location at a test center before you register for an exam. To do this please navigate to www.prometric.com and select 'Locate a Test Center'. Select 'GBCI' from the test sponsor list and then click 'Locate a Test Center' again. You will be promoted to enter country, city and state. Once you find a test center convenient for you click the green hyperlinked 'Availability' in the right hand corner of the test location. You can select the month and then click 'Go' to see the dates and times.
architect, architecture and construction
Thanks so much
Student, SFCC
I'm a veteran and the material says that I can be reimbursed the cost of the exam. I've not been able to find any info as to how to obtain that. The 'learn more' link wasn't working at the time. Thank you.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Richard, Thank you for your question. Yes, veterans are eligible for free exams, regardless of whether they pass or fail the exam. Please see this article for more information: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-..., and follow the steps below. 1) Register for the exam and take the test. 2) Fill out this form (http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-0803-ARE.pdf), and send it along with a copy of your receipt for the exam (available in your usgbc.org profile under "Orders"), and a signed, dated statement authorizing the release of your exam scores to the VA. 3) Send the form, a copy of your receipt and your statement authorizing the release of the exam scores to the VA at the address on the form listed above. It will take 4-12 weeks to process. I hope that helps and we wish you the best on your exam!
Student, SFCC
Thanks for the info. But Panu Pasanen Had answered it as well. Not sure why his answer (exactly the same as yours) has been deleted. Have a wonderful weekend.
Chief Executive Officer, Bionova Ltd
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Student, SFCC
Thank you for the info! Now I just have to figure out which one of the categories I fall into.
student, An-Najah National University
Good Morning I had registed for the GA exam and I want to track my registration, the prometric is asking about the Confirmation/Tracking Number (numeric value), and I did not receive an email from prometric mentioning this number, I used my ID (57723f5d98135) but seems not valid, will you help me ??
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
I would be happy to assist you. I have emailed you directly with the requested information. Thank you.
DESIGN ARCHITECT , wsarchitect
please would you answer the question below this one????
DESIGN ARCHITECT , wsarchitect
Hi,regarding the registration to the exam I have chosen the language English what dose that mean?? the certification I will get will be in English or the exam I will attend ?? will be any differences if I chose Arabic , the exam or the certificate will be in Arabic ???
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
If you select English or Arabic as you language during exam registration only the actual exam will be in that language. Certificates are always in English and printed through GBCI and not Prometric. I hope that helps.
DESIGN ARCHITECT , wsarchitect
please answer
Gestor de Innovación, INNO-BA
I live in México, can do the exam here?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Giovanni, thank you for your interest in earning your LEED Green Associate credential. You are able to take the exam in Mexico. To locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "LEED Green Associate" or "LEED AP BD+C combination" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day. Best of luck on your exam!
I noticed in the Green Associate Candidate Handbook that the exam is updated July 1st of each year. I plan to take the exam soon after July 1st. Will v4 study materials suggested on USGBC be sufficient for that test date? Are the updates to the exam mostly substantive, and if so, where can I access the most up to date information for studying? Thank you.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Tomishi, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential. LEED professional exams are updated on July 1st of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January of the same year. Reference guides are updated as new addenda are published. A great place to start your studying is with the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. The references listed in the Handbook are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (see the Study Bundle here http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-pr... it is a very popular resource for people preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. Start by downloading the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
Design Architect, United World Infrastructure (UWI)
hi everyone, i have a quick question please, i want to select the date for the exam and they ask me to pay first without asking the dates, is this okay and they gonna ask me later or once i pay i will join the next exam directly ? thanks , regards
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You do have the option to check the availability at a test center before you purchase an exam. To do this please navigate to www.prometric.com and select 'Locate a Test Center'. Select 'GBCI' from the test sponsor list and then click 'Locate a Test Center' again. You will be promoted to enter country, city and state. Once you find a test center convenient for you click the green hyperlinked 'Availability' in the right hand corner of the test location. You can select the month and then click 'Go' to see the dates and times. We hope that you find an appropriate test location and will then elect to purchase the exam. Thank you for your interest.
Design Architect, United World Infrastructure (UWI)
thank you so much it was very helpful for me.
graduate student, University of Toronto
Hi, I want to know if there is any official reference materials in Chinese that I could use to prepare for the LEED GA exam? For It's hard for me to use English materials and I chose the Chinese translation for the exam.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Siqin Liu, Thank you for your question. We have two study guides in Chinese: The Core Concepts Guide in Chinese http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide-chinese and the LEED Reference Guide for Building and Construction: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... Both of these resources will be helpful. We wish you the best on your exam!
Student, N/A
Hi, i want to register for my exam with in the coming 2 weeks. i want to know who are considered as students while availing the discount for the students exam fee. Right now i am studying in a part time study program at a local college and would like to know if i am eligible to fill the test as a student. Thanks.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Currently, students eligible for the discount can be part-time or full-time as long as they provide a graduation date. There is a question at registration which also prompts you to enter your student ID number and graduation date. Please see this link for more helpful information regarding student pricing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-prici....
Projects facility Manager , Zahran Operation & Maintenance
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Project and Communications Coordinator, TREC Renewable Energy Cooperative
Hi, would we need to memorize the individual credit points for the LEED GA exam? Or is having a general understanding if the categories and credit systems sufficient?
Manager, Ferrovial Serviços
Hi Yvonne, thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate credential. The LEED Green Associate exam tests your general knowledge of green building practices for both commercial and residential spaces and both new construction and existing buildings as well as how to support other professionals working on LEED projects. You should be aware of general credit pathways, specifically for the LEED BD+C rating system. To prepare for the exam, we recommend starting with the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook, which you can download for free here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. You can download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button):http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start. Good luck on your exam!
Pls respond to my Quary
Pls respond to my Quary
What is the basic requirements (educational and professional) to sit for LEED Green Associate Exam.
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Ohidul, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential. GBCI strongly recommends that candidates taking the LEED Green Associate Exam have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing. However, no prior professional or educational experience is required to sit for the exam. For more information regarding the LEED Green Associate exam, including eligibility requirements and exam specifications, you can download the free LEED Green Associate Candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Good luck on your exam!
Senior Sales, Trane a business of Ingersoll Rand
I am scheduled to take the LEED GA test on Sep 18. I want to start studying now, How I can get LEED Green Associate book
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi George, There are exam prep packages you can purchase that will help you prepare for LEED Green Associate exam.Our packages include access to online modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! You can get 30% off of this package with "LEED30" coupon code at checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... Thanks! Nandini - GBRI
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi George, thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate Credential. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook, which you can download for free here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. You can download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here:  http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start. Good luck on your exam!
What is the best way to gain the overall LEED knowledge needed to begin preparing for the exam?
Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Diane, we're sorry for the delay on responding to your question. We'd be glad to help. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbookhttp://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. You can download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start. Good luck on your exam!
Is GBRI's LEED exam prep. sale offer BONUSGA and BONUSAP still exist? If not is there any offers coming soon?
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Ibrahim, I'd like to inform you that right now coupon code " BONUSGA and BONUSAP" does not exist. But We do have sale available on our LEED Exam Preparation. You can save $100 of our LEED Exam Prep package with "LEEDGA and LEEDAP" coupon code at checkout! Click here https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio.... Thanks, Nandini
I am going to seat for LEED GA Exam. How can I start my preparation? Can anyone guide me?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Shahadat, Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate Credential. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Shahadat, You can use GBRI's LEED GA Exam Prep material for your exam. Our exam prep packages are all-inclusive so you would be given all of the information needed to pass your LEED exam. Our material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, study guides, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! This material can be viewed from anywhere at any time as long as you have internet access. Checkout! https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any other questions, please contact me at nsharma@gbrionline.org
Project Manager, IFA Hotels & Resorts
Hi, I would like to register for the LEED AP BD + C exam, but before that I need some clarifications please on the following points: 1. The description of this exam says "core + speciality", does that mean it will cover both LEED GA & LEED AP BD + C? Since I have not yet applied for the LEED GA and I am planning to sit for both exams at the same time. 2. When trying to register for the exam, I have reached to the payment step while I have not yet selected my preferred date or location of the exam taking into consideration that I reside in the UAE, please advise. Appreciating your kind response, many thanks in advance.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Khalid, Thank you for your questions. The LEED core + specialty exam (also called "combined") is the correct option for you if you plan on completing the Green Associate and LEED specialty at the same time (the Core stands for LEED Green Associate and the Specialty is the BD+C portion). Customers first register and pay for their LEED exams. Once you have completed your registration/payment you will then have one year to schedule and take your LEED exam. Therefore, you pay for your exam first and schedule your exam afterward. Please follow the below instruction to locate your nearest testing center and view availability: 1) Please visit www.prometric.com/ and enter "GBCI" in the Test Sponsor field. 2) Then, confirm "Green Business Certification Inc.", and click "Locate Test Center". 3) Choose the country that you are looking for from dropdown menu, and click "Next". 4) Then, choose "Building Design and Construction Combined" from the dropdown menu, and click "Next". 5) Enter the city where you want to test, and click "search". When you see the testing center that looks most convenient for you, click "Availability" next to the test center's location. This takes you to a clickable calendar showing the available times for each open day.
Hi I bought LEED Green Associate book online and was using it on my office system through adobe digital edition. However now i have copied it in my personal system and after copying the book it is showing as a PDF file now. I tried downloading Adobe Digital Edition now . However I am still not able to open the file. Any help here?
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