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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)

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 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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Boeing 747 & C-5M Super Galaxy Pilot. Fluid Systems Designer/Engineer.
I mentioned this to Karinn, but a couple of weeks back I filmed and put a video on YouTube about how to reduce energy consumption with HVAC and refrigeration systems. I'd love to get some good feedback on it. The audio starts off kind of rough but it gets better as time goes on. Here's a link to my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKK4bMHhUWQ&list=UUv02o6SRwxbyXjzVUWClsxw Or, alternatively, you can find my video by going onto YouTube and searching for the video "How to reduce energy consumption using my two stage HVAC/refrigeration condenser design" by YouTube user: "jumboJetPilot". Thanks everyone...
Boeing 747 & C-5M Super Galaxy Pilot. Fluid Systems Designer/Engineer.
Is the LEED Core Concepts Guide, Edition 3 the correct place to start for the Green Associate's? I'm just getting started and having a hard time finding exactly how to get started! Thanks.
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
Great question! I recommend all candidates start by reading and understanding the LEED V4 Candidate Handbooks. http://www.usgbc.org/resources/list/credentialing-resources. I've also included some other links that will help you in preparation for the exam. "Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)", 1 Oct 2014 by Melanie Share at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pre-order-leed-professional-exam-prep-leed-v4) "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam) "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-creden...) "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-associate-exam-basics) 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam (http://www.leeduser.com/topic/10-tips-passing-leed-green-associate-exam) by a third party, LEEDuser If you are interested in introductory-level webinars, we hope that these options will be helpful: The first webinar series is offered free of charge and includes two sessions:Key Concepts and Strategies in LEED v4Performance: Measuring for Success in LEED v4. Please see this helpful article for more information: (http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education and http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/introduction-leed-v4). Also, all members have free access to LEED 101 (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-101-green-building-basics-l...) and 202 (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-202-how-document-certify-pr...). To learn more about membership, including discounts on exams and reference material, please visit (http://usgbc.org/membership). Thank you again for your interest, and best wishes on your exam!
Boeing 747 & C-5M Super Galaxy Pilot. Fluid Systems Designer/Engineer.
Thanks a bunch for the info Karinn; I appreciate it! A couple of weeks back I filmed a video about how to reduce energy consumption with air conditioning and refrigeration systems. You can click on the following link to view my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKK4bMHhUWQ&list=UUv02o6SRwxbyXjzVUWClsxw Or alternatively, you can search for the video "How to reduce energy consumption using my two stage HVAC/refrigeration condenser design" by YouTube user "jumboJetPilot". I'd love to get your feedback. Or perhaps you can forward it to someone you know inside or outside your organization. Thanks again for your time. Take care!
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Project Design group
I purchased LEED Reference Guide for BD&C. This is for afternoon part of the LEED AP Exam. Do I need another reference book for morning part of the LEED AP Exam?
LEED Specialist, USGBC/GBCI
I assume by "morning part of the LEED AP exam" you mean the LEED Green Associate exam. The LEED Green Associate study bundle includes books that many candidates use to prepare. http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-pr.... I've also provided some links to help prepare for that portion of the test as well. 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam (http://www.leeduser.com/topic/10-tips-passing-leed-green-associate-exam) by a third party, LEEDuser All members have free access to LEED 101 (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-101-green-building-basics-l...) and 202 (http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-202-how-document-certify-pr...). To learn more about membership, including discounts on exams and reference material, please visit (http://usgbc.org/membership).
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Project Design group
Thanks Karinn. Your comment gave me good guidance for the exam preparations.
Administrative Assistant, City of Chicago, Illinois
I am planning on taking the LEED AP ID+C, it is suggested to work on a project in that area prior to taking the exam. I am new to the field, however I've been studying the LEED GA. How can I obtain experience on a project or is there away I can shadow someone?
Project Coordinator, Maple Reinders Inc.
I passed the LEED GA in August 2014. Do I get a certificate?
Project Coordinator, Maple Reinders Inc.
Never mind. I just found out I can download it on my account.
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