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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 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*

282 commentsLeave a comment

Chief Designer - Architecture, Architek, psc
Which are the best books or resources to be prepared for the Leed Green Associate exam?
is there any study material for the leed green associate and leed ap o+m
Architecture and Facilities Engineering Services Intern, Disneyland Resort
Is the LEED Green Associate exam the same format as an FE exam? As in, will the testing center provide the reference books for the exam? Or do we need to bring our own? Or are are even allowed reference materials?
Architect, Self employed
Where do I access practice exams for the LEED Green Associate exam? Does one need to buy these too?
Education & Green Schools Coordinator, USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter
Is there a registration fee for the Green Associate exam in addition to the $200 member fee?
Student, Penn State
I have a basic question about the LEED GA Exam. Is the result given to you immediately or it takes a few days to process and then the result is handed out to you? If so, how many days does it take? Thank you!
Specification Sales Coordinator, Performance Lighting Systems
Your Exam Results are given to you immediately after finishing the exam on site.
Holmes King Kallquist & Associates, Arch
I am still not clear on one of the LEED specialty requirements. As a grandfathered LEED AP do we still have to take the LEED Green Associate exam in addition to the specialty exam - example for the LEED BD+C ?
Hi! I plan to take up my Leed GA exam in early 2015. Little confused about the study material i will need for the same. Will be great help if you can suggest all the resources required for the same as of now as i understand from previous comments the material keeps updating/changing each year. Thanks.
Member - Business Development Officer, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM
Hi, I ve just passed the green associate exam. how can i get my certification ?
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