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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! 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)


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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LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
You can download the U.S. Green Building Council. Introductory and Overview Sections of the LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide. v4 Edition. for free by following this link. Scroll down the page to see the button for the download. Good luck studying for your exam!
Chief Designer - Architecture, Architek, psc
Which are the best books or resources to be prepared for the Leed Green Associate exam?
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
Here is a video that walks you through the resources available for the LEED GA exam (
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Here are some FREE LEED Exam Prep Resources including a visual Glossary of terms (helpful for LEED GA and AP exam prep), FREE questions from LEED GA and AP Exams
is there any study material for the leed green associate and leed ap o+m
Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute
Thank you for your interest in the LEED O+M exam. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a LEED O+M v4 study guide available for purchase. But there are a number of study resources available for the LEED GA exam, and we have a video to walk you through them ( If you'd rather skip straight to the links, please see the "LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, LEED v4 Edition, LEED version: v4" ( In addition, the USGBC has partnered with Everblue to provide an online, on-demand course ( The following helpful reference documents and articles may also be of interest: The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 ( "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 ( "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 ( Project Experience Requirement for v4 Exams ( If you have any other questions, please let us know and we will be glad to help. We wish you all the best on your exam!
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?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank your for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate. The LEED Green Associate exam is comparable to the FE exam in that it is can be taken as a computer-based exam at a Prometric test center. For all LEED credential exams, reference materials cannot be used during the exam. For more information about the LEED Green Associate exam, please download the candidate handbook here: If you are interested in another LEED AP with specialty exam, please be sure to reference its candidate handbook as well:
Architect, Self employed
Where do I access practice exams for the LEED Green Associate exam? Does one need to buy these too?
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