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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 April 1 of the same 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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I'm preparing myself to take the LEED Green Associate exam, can someone recommends a good study guide that can help me to prepare for the exam. Thks
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi ,Nora, i am aware of the reference for GA exam is keep updating those days above as well as guidebook. would you give me a complete reference list for GA ( with the general release time and current version on it )? Thank you very much .
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Project Manager, First Community Housing
Does the LEED Green Associates Exam v4 offer a Study Guide as the previous version did?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Joy, we expect to release LEED v4 Green Associate exam study materials this fall. In the meantime, I encourage you to review this cheat sheet.
Global Program Manager (on contract), Microsoft Corp.
Would it be recommended until this Fall then to pursue the Green Associate credential? Thank you.
Nora also another question is that do i really need the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction book?? its 200 $ and i already bought the Core Concept 2nd Edition i will need to buy the 3rd since the exam changed and its just too much money!!!
Hi Nora, I am having an issue with LEED v3 & v4, I had registered for the exam in Oct 2014 i did the registration early in the year. The Material for the exam at the time was LEED V3, should i assume that the material will now be V4?Do i now have to get the V4 material? Does that mean i have to buy everything again?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sara, you are correct, the exam now features LEED v4 content. Please review the candidate handbook to understand the content that you need to be familiar with.
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