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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*

164 commentsLeave a comment

Mechanical Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group
Hi, I am From Saudi.Please clarify the below 1.I would like to take GA first,what is the exam format and how many questions are there in the exam 2.Is it true that First passing the GA,then only we have to take Leed BD+C or can we take both at a time
Architect, Prof. Em., University of Maryland College Park - Capital Projects
What's the minimum elapsed time allowed before retaking the GA test if a failing grade is received. Thanks
Project Design group
do you get a break when you are taking a test .if not what if you have to use the restroom
Hello Nora, I want to realize the exam, what I have to do?, I live in Mexico. thanks
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
If you would like to take the test, please locate a test center near you using Prometric's website ( and clicking on "Locate". Then, use the pull-down menu to select your country. For Mexico, the next screen will ask you which test you want to take, and then go on to provide options. Let us know if you have additional questions, and we are glad to help.
Can I take the GA exam outside the US? I live in Dubai.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jonathan, you can currently take the exam in 160 countries, learn more.
Project Engineer , Magnum Construction
Good Evening. Can you direct me to any actual class room courses for exam prep for the LEED GA exam? I'm in Oklahoma!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You might want to check in with your local USGBC Chapter ( to see if they are offering or can organize a course. Best wishes!
Chief Engineer, Boston Properties
Nora I know the LEED V4 study gude won't be released until Fall but is it on schedule. If I study the previous version of LEED Green Associte study guide will that cover 80% of the new material or should I just wait.
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