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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)

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 Megan Ritchie Saffitz , Is it compulsory if i want to write the leed home certification exam so i have to write green associates and BD+C building design construction . I am already bachelor of civil engineer . note :- I don't have any leed certifications.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED AP Homes credential holder. Yes, we require candidates for the LEED AP Homes who do not currently hold the LEED Green Associate to take the combined exam. The combined exam covers the LEED Green Associate (part 1) and the LEED AP Homes exam (part 2). There is a typo in the LEED AP Homes candidate handbook that incorrect states LEED AP BD+C. Because our eligibility requirements are degree agnostic, we do require that even professionals with advanced degrees in architecture, engineering and other related disciplines take both the LEED Green Associate as a stand-alone exam or as part one of the combined exam. I would recommend taking the Green Associate exam first, which means taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. I would recommend taking the Green Associate exam first, which means taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbooks.
Is the PDF version printable? If I buy the book version how lond will it take to ship (in the US)? Thanks
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
You can print the PDF version. The Exam Prep (Created by USGBC education Partner GBRI) Exam Prep comes with online modules, study guide, mock exams - everything you need to prepare for the LEED GA Exam. Here is the link. https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
Hi, I would like to know if for the Green Associate exam is better to read the whole BDC Reference Guide content or just the introductory sections sections. And also is the content from the Core Concepts Guide different from the Reference Guide?
Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Stefano, In order to prepare for the LEED Green Associate Exam, you don't have to read the LEED BD+C Reference Guide in full. The LEED Core Concepts Guide would be helpful but not required if you have an exam prep that covers the topics mentioned under Core Concepts Guide. Here is a link to an all inclusive Exam Prep (Created by USGBC Education Partner GBRI) - https://www.gbrionline.org/courses/all-inclusive-leed-v4-exam-preparatio...
What is the link for the "U.S. Green Building Council. Introductory and Overview Sections. LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide. v4 Edition. U.S. Green Building Council, 2013", where you can download the introductory and overview sections separately from purchasing the full reference guide? Thank you.
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! http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-...
Thanks!
Chief Designer - Architecture, Architek, psc
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