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This article was last updated in April 2016.

Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED Green Associate! The key to earning a LEED Green Associate is a thorough understanding of green building and LEED.

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)

References

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*
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Hi I bought LEED Green Associate book online and was using it on my office system through adobe digital edition. However now i have copied it in my personal system and after copying the book it is showing as a PDF file now. I tried downloading Adobe Digital Edition now . However I am still not able to open the file. Any help here?
Interior Designer, Summertown Interiors
I am scheduled to take the LEED GA test on July 24. I want to start studying now. However, I'm concerned the new exam will come out July 1st with whole new material? As I prepare I will take practice tests, but these are based on the last year and the reference guides. How will I know what to prepare for in 24 days of a new exam? Will all the exam prep guides be updated on July 1st? Kind Regards, Carley
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Carley, Thanks for your question. After July 1, the only additional information that may show up in your LEED Green Associate exam would be found in the addenda published in April. Here is a link to that addenda: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-april-2016 The LEED Green Associate exam in July will still be LEED v4. We wish you the best on the exam!
Architect
even I want to know how to prepare...
Architect
Please guide me which book to refer for LEED green associate exam.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references listed on page 21 of the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. I hope this helps!
LEED GA Green Associate, Metalmaster Roofmaster
Hi I did pass the green associate exam on today......thanks for everyone who did support me.... I'm looking for the next step which is LEED AP .... Can you please advise which the closet exam reference I could study to earn AP I'm reading GBRI reference guide for that puts purpose actually. Thank you
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations on passing your LEED Green Associated exam. That is a wonderful achievement. Depending on the LEED AP Specialty exam you would like to sit for we have different webpages created to help guide you through preparation. Please see this link and click on the preferred LEED AP Specialty: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#preparing. Any one of the webpages will have a link for the corresponding Candidate Handbook. The resources listed in this handbook are your best bet to study for and pass the exam. Some candidates also find success in taking the exam prep courses offered by our Education Partners which you can find here: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc. I hope that helps and good luck on your LEED AP Specialty exam!
LEED GA Green Associate, Metalmaster Roofmaster
thanks Dawn,,appreciate, actually its LEED AP BD+C exam. on the first I took the combined exam which is 200 questions, and passed in GA, but not AP BD+C, so Im wondering for the best reference you could let me know about it. thanks
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
I would recommend you consult and study all of the references listed on page 21 of The LEED AP BD + C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the test. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps one of the best resources is the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design + Construction available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You may also find the LEED Exam Prep courses for LEED AP BD + C offered by a couple of our Education Partners very beneficial : http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. Thank you!
I have read that after taking the LEED Associate Exam you must earn 15 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential. what type of education hours, do I have to go back to School and take college classes? and if Yes, what type of subjects are recommended?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Sara, Thank you for your question. You are correct, LEED Green Associate credential holders need to maintain their credentials through completing 15 Continuing Education (CE) hours every two years. 3 of those 15 CE hours need to be LEED specific hours. It is not necessary to take college courses to complete your CE hours. CE hours can be completed in a variety of ways, for example, you can earn CE hours working on a LEED specific project, by taking educational courses through Education@USGBC, by volunteering, or through authorship of an article. Many credentials holders will purchase an education subscription through Education@USGBC which offers unlimited and a variety of courses for one price http://www.usgbc.org/resources/education-usgbc-subscription. Please see our CMP guide for more information on maintaining LEED credentials: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/cmp-guide I hope that helps!
Hi, I intend to take up LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM, I have some queries, 1) Is the study material included in the Exam fees or it has to be bought separately? 2)If it has to be bought separately, do we get in on USGBC website or I need to purchase from Amazon etc.? 3) If to be purchased from Amazon, Could somebody please guide with some suggestions
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rohit, Thank you for your questions. The study materials are not included with the exam fees. You can purchase exam study materials from our USGBC website. Here an exam prep guide that customers find very helpful: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-green-associate-exam-preparation-gui... Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
Sr Design Engineer- Architectural, Hyundai-El Seif Consortium
Hi, I have purchased study guides a week ago for LEED GA exam. I intend to take exam in July 2016. Do i need to purchase the study guides again as LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year.
Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, If there is no new revision of study guides for LEED exams, you don't need to purchase again, because the exam updates are on the exam questions alone.
Hi, I know the exam fee for WELL AP is cheaper for LEED AP/GA. Is it applicable vice verse, if I am taking WELL AP exam first?
Landscape Architect, SBA
Hi can I refer to Green Building and LEED Core Concepts (2nd Edition) for LEED GA (v4) instead of the third edition .What is the difference between the two?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Florence, We recommend using the most up to date version to ensure that you're getting the most accurate information. There is likely a lot of overlap between the two editions but the newest edition has updated information that is essential for the v4 version of the LEED Green Associate exam. Thank you for your question.
Hello, I'm an architect who currently working in Brisbane city, QLD, Australia, and I would like to know is there any testing center in Brisbane? or any other close city in Australia? Thanks
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Liang, to locate a testing center near you please use this link. https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx Thanks! Felicia Fuller - GBRI felicia.fuller@gbrionline.org
Hi. i have few queries regarding the preparation for LEED Green Associate exam. As mention on USGBC web site, in addition to going through the study materials, the preparation can also be done through volunteer work and in person courses. My questions are: 1-how can i participate in volunteer work to gain practical knowledge in the field of LEED, during summer 2016 (July-August) in the state of Maryland. 2- is there any course that i can attend a session other than the one day courses listed on the web site, during summer 2016 (July-August). A feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Angie, Thank you for your questions. Volunteering refers to anything you can do to get connected to the Green Build community in your area that allows you to better absorb the LEED information and concepts. Some ideas are participating on the USGBC or GBCI steering committees, or working groups, or local USGBC chapter boards and committees or other volunteer organizations that support the LEED system such as attending meetings, planning events, or performing research. I highly encourage you to get connected to your local USGBC Chapter or Communities. You can be alerted about lunch and learn events or other volunteer opportunities in your area. Regarding additional educational opportunities in your area I would again point you in the direction of the Maryland USGBC chapter. Please visit their site and view resources and educational events: http://www.usgbcmd.org/. I hope that helps! We wish you the best on your exam.
Student, N/A
hi all, i am planning to earn LEED green associate credential. i have a question regarding the registration for the exam. Currently i am not working on a permanent job in my field (Mechanical engineer - building services). So my question what should i mention in the fields of "job title" and "organisation" on the personal information page during exam registration. Can i use my previous job title and organisation / company name. Thanks.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Prabhjot, You can enter your previous job title and organization during the registration if you prefer. Thank you for your interest and best wishes studying for the exam!
Student, N/A
Thanks Megan.
architecture engineer , Alexandria university
do u prefer me to buy exam samples to be sure that iam going to pass the exam ? and what exam do u advice me to buy
Marketing Engineer & Outreach Coordinator , Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Rana, I would like to recommend you GBRI's Green Associate Exam prep material for study. Our Green Associate exam prep material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, a study guide, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $89.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSGA. Check out https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... to avail the offer
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rana, Thank you for your question. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.
architecture engineer , Alexandria university
i finished study the material my question is do i have to buy exam samples to be ready or just from the free exams from the internet will be enough
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Rana, Unfortunately, that is not a question we can answer for you. Many people find it very helpful in their exam preparation to purchase exam preparation material. It is not a requirement though. It depends on what works best for you and your studying. We wish you the best on the exam.
Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, EwingCole
I am trying to purchase the LEED GA v4 Study Guide, but I can t complete the transaction. I've submitted my payment information and it is "tokenizing card information" but not completing. Help?
Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Don, I'm sorry you're experiencing issues with your purchase. I will respond to you via email to get this issue resolved. Thanks!
Student, Indiana University
Hello, I'm wondering what amount of time is typically recommended in order to prepare for the examination? I am studying environmental studies and linguistics, so I will need to specifically prepare for this exam as there will be a good amount of content that I haven't been exposed to before. Do you have a recommendation? Thank you!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Erin, that's a hard issue to guess at. Each person has a different existing knowledge set, different experiences and different rate of learning. The subjects are listed on this page and understanding what you need to learn provides a good guide. Really, it is less about the amount of time and more about making sure you've covered the necessary materials. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start is the reference section in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. These references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide, a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these is necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start. If it's any help, I spent a couple of months for the then one-step AP exam (no GA back them).
Client Relations Supervisor, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hello Erin, the type of material used and how it is all pieced together will greatly impact the amount of study time. At GBRI we recommend our students study for a least 4 weeks, however if you are able to dedicate more time to studying this time could be cut in half. Our Green Associate exam prep material will include online access to modules, section quizzes, audio files, a study guide, flash cards, memory charts and mock exams for 1 full year! We are currently running a sale which makes this package only $89.00 - Coupon Code: BONUSGA https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio... If you have any questions, feel free to email me at felicia.fuller@gbrionline.org. Thanks! Felicia - GBRI
Lecturer/Instructor, United Arab Emirates University
If I want to give exam tomorrow can I book it today? what's the minimum time between book exam date and appearing in it ? My Pro-metric center will be Dubai/AbuDhabi thanks
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Booking your exam date really depends on the location you select and their demand and availability. I have seen candidates schedule within a day and other candidates who had to wait several weeks. I noticed you were able to schedule yours and hope you did not have any issues finding a convenient day and time. I wish you the best of luck on your exam.
Architect, Skopas Engineering Consultants
I have an unsuccessful payment process for registering for LEED GA exam, I have tried with several mastercards with no hope. what to do? "Credit card authorization unsuccessful"
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
I am sorry to hear you had troubles registering for the LEED Green Associates exam. I know my colleague replied to you already via email but, I still wanted to confirm your registration is showing on your account. You should be able to log in to your USGBC account and select 'Credentials' from the drop down menu on the top right of your screen. You can then schedule an exam at your convenience. We wish you the best of luck on your exam!
Site Engineer, Projacs International
Dear Dawn, good day, I am having the same problem and still it is not fixed. would you please help me to process this payment. Regards,
Msc. Architect, Architectural and urban planning consultant
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Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Cristian, Thank you for contacting us regarding your exam. We confirmed that your exam is in Spanish. Good luck!
Site Engineer, Projacs International
Hi I would like to ask you about the student discount I am a master students in Al-quds university in the Palestinian territories, can I be benefited from the student discount for the LEED GA exam? Thanks,
Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Yaseen, Thank you for contacting us. I have good news, the student pricing applies to all students regardless of location. You can be full time or part time, however we will need you to provide a graduation date. For more information, please see http://www.usgbc.org/articles/discounted-leed-green-associate-exam-prici... Thanks!
Site Engineer, Projacs International
Thank you for following up, I have another query regarding the payment, I tried many times to pay using 3 different valid Visa Card, and i got the same massage "Credit card authorisation unsuccessful". knowing that I usually process payments in other website without any problem and i carefully checked all the cells to confirm if they were filled correctly. appreciate your assistance to guide me for processing this payment. thanks,
Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hello Yaseen, I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with payment. I've created a case in our system to address your payment issue, and someone will be in contact with you shortly regarding the issue. Have a great weekend, -Jackson
Site Engineer, Projacs International
Hello Jackson, Thanks for your reply, though the problem is still not solved. regards,
Assistant Resident Engineer , Architectural & Engineering Consultant
Hi everyone, I would like to ask about how to receive the Certificate after passing the exam, I've just passed the LEED Green Associate with success but Unfortunately I had a small mistake in my personal email ID during the registration process than I am not able to receive any information about the same please help how can I receive my Certificate ,or advice what to do at the earliest? :(
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations on passing your LEED Green Associate exam! Your certificate is available by logging into your USGBC account and selecting 'Credentials' from the drop down in the top right corner. On this page about halfway down is a blue download link to download a copy of your LEED Green Associate certificate. If you would like us to professionally print your certificate and mail it there is also a link on your 'Credentials' page. Please note that GBCI no longer prints a complimentary certificate so requesting a print from us will cost $25. I hope this helps!
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