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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*

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Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Lance, we are not able to release the percentage of new material in the v4 exams, however I encourage you to review our LEED Green Associate cheat sheet to gain a better understanding of task and knowledge domains. Good luck!
Architect, Self employed
Hi! Am at step one of LEED preparation. green associate if the first examination, right? where do i get study material from at Singapore?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
The Green Associate credential is the first LEED Credential. You can order any of the publications discussed above though our store ( The Credential Handbook is available for free (
Architectrual Services Leader (Owens Corning and Thermafiber), Owens Corning
Hi Nora, Is there one main study guide available that people can use to study for the LEED GA exam? What is the best way to study for LEED GA? Thanks.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
We expect study guides to be available in approximately late October. The resources listed here are the best available study materials.
hi nora, I have some question regarding LEED Green Associate Exam preparation..the materials that is mention in the "references" column is enough for the exam preparation? please help for this exam....
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Each candidate must decide whether they feel comfortable with these resources or would prefer to wait until the study guides are available. Please contact us at with any additional questions.
Hi. I have a question regarding the preparation references needed to study for the LEED GA exam. Will it be necessary for a candidate of this exam to purchase and study the LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide v4, or can he/she study the introductory and overview sections provided? Thanks for your help.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
We highly encourage you to use the entire reference guide. The Introductory and Overview sections will not offer enough detail about how LEED professionals comply with the credit requirements.
Contract Administrator, Allied Mechancial
As others have stated, I am looking to purchase the LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide. I am scheduled to take the test in October and I'm unable to locate it!!! My husband thinks I will need to delay my test date because I won't have enough time. Please advise on the purchase of the study guide
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