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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 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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No, the LEED Green Associate Study guide(2009) covers content for the LEED Green Associate exam when it contained content regarding the LEED 2009 rating systems. The exam now features V4 content and the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide is the most up to date in regards to preparing for the test.
How much a Study Guide for LEED Green Associate? Where can I buy it?
The LEED Green Associate Study Guide is $89 for employees of Member Companies and $99 for non-members. It can be purchased here.(
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
While I have seen this study guide, and in terms of printed publications it is of superior quality, it should be clarified that this is not "THE" study guide, it is "A" study guide produced by USGBC Education Partner: ATP. Unlike the 2009 cycle, there is not an official study guide for LEED v4.
Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council
Thanks for clarifying, Glen. This is correct!
Manager - Project Engineering, Barry - Wehmiller International
Hi, in order to prepare for the LEED Green Associate Exam, I went through the Education page in USGBC portal. There aren't any FREE Resources, Study Material, Books, or Guides. Where can I get FREE books or study material ?
Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc.
GreenCE offers a no-cost full course of study for the LEED Green Assoc. exam, including 8-hours of video modules, 300 practice questions, and additional resources.
Thank you for your interest in learning about LEED and taking the LEED exams! We are glad to share a number of resources with you. If you are interested primarily in the LEED Green Associate exam, the following resources will be helpful to you: The LEED v4 Candidate Handbooks: "Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)", 1 Oct 2014 by Melanie Share at the USGBC ( "Study tips: LEED v4 professional exam," May 15, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams," March 31, 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( "LEED Green Associate exam: The basics", 8 Jul 2014 by Nora Knox at the USGBC ( 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam ( by a third party, LEEDuser If you are interested in introductory-level webinars, we hope that these options will be helpful: The first webinar series is offered free of charge and includes two sessions:Key Concepts and Strategies in LEED v4Performance: Measuring for Success in LEED v4. Please see this helpful article for more information: ( and Also, all members have free access to LEED 101 ( and 202 ( To learn more about membership, including discounts on exams and reference material, please visit ( Thank you again for your interest, and best wishes on your exam!
Manager - Project Engineering, Barry - Wehmiller International
Hi, I am from Chennai, India and have registered for LEED Green Associate Exam. Went through the Candidate handbook and it says I have to attend the exam through the test centres. Is there a test centre in Chennai, India? Can I not attend the exam on-line? Kindly clarify
Yes, all LEED exams are administered in Prometric testing centers and are not available as an online exam. To find a test center near you, visit
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