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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.

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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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.
Interior Designer, Interior Design Services
Hi Nora, other than the 7 references listed above for V4, is there anythinG additional ? or are we good with studying these 7 for the LEED Green Assoc. Exam ?
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Monica, the references above are not meant to be comprehensive. Please also review the test specifications starting on page 12 of the candidate handbook, to help prepare for the exam. Good luck!
Intern architect , Stefano De Luca & Associates, INC.
Hi, I'm just wondering when is the LEEDv4 green associate exam study guide available? Is it possible to use the older version study guide for the exam.
I am having a similar issue, 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?
Project Design group
Hi Nora, I noticed the LEED Building Design+Construction guide is a reference to study for the green associate exam, which costs 200 dollars. Along with the Core Concepts guide (~$90) thats a little much to spend. Is there any way that the other references provides the info needed....
Sr. Director Finance and Strategy, Consultant
Hi Nora, I am planning to take LEED GA and need some help regarding reading material. The website mentions "LEED Core Concepts Guide" as a reference material. Do I need anything other than this to take the test? Thanks Sumit
Marketing & Communications Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sumit, we recommend that you review all of the references outlined in the article above to prepare for the exam.
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