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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*

217 commentsLeave a comment

What will be the fees and where to do the test? BR, M.Osama
Please Melanie Share, I want ask about Green Building Associate V4 Material study I want to download it to prepare to the exam, so when the material study of GA v4 will be found ????? thanks Nermin
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Nermin, You may purchase a study guide for the v4 GA exam here. You may purchase an exam prep online course here. Content for both will be distributed this week. Thanks!
PMA, Commercial Building - Anson Industries
When you say "distributed" does this mean they're sent to those registered for the exams, or to those that purchase them separately? I'm curious if anything substantial is provided for the exam, included in the cost.
When and where are the exams given for the Green Associate?
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
Exams are taken at Prometric testing centers and can be scheduled at your convenience through Prometric. The first step is to register for the exam at You will then be directed to Prometric's site for scheduling.
Product Marketing Consultant, khaled and associates
i want to start a consultancy firm only for LEED certification for industry, for that i may required support from LEED AP's. is there any AP want to start job here in Bangladesh as consultant ? kindly contact me, khaled ahmed bhuiyan#8801711948073, [email protected]; i can do the full marketing part for any kinds of industry in Bangladesh. i am also this types of job, but want to start business with the help of AP's. kindly if any one wants call me.
Is there a classroom setting training for preparing for this test? My employer would pay for such training anywhere in the world, not necessarily only in the U.S.
American Family Insurance
Could someone please tell me when the new LEED Green Associate study guide will be available? Thank you!
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