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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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Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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Fabrication Specialist , California Drywall Co.
When you sign up for the test before I submit my payment, I'd like to know what date I'd be signing up for or can I choose after the payment is submitted?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your question about scheduling your exam. Please visit and select "Locate a Test Center". Select your country and state/province to narrow down your location. The system will then present you with the ability to provide an address or city for local test centers. For each of the test centers available, you will see a link to its "availability" to research available appointments in your area. Good luck!
Full Time Student, North Carolina State University
I have my LEED GA exam on Tuesday and I am looking for practice tests available online? Can anyone recommend me where should I look for practice tests?
., U.S. Green Building Council
You can find practice exam and study material here: Good luck!
Interior Design, The George Washington University
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., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. It looks like GBRI has followed up with you on your specific question. If you have any additional questions related for USGBC or GBCI, please let me know. Thanks!
Marketing Manager, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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Walter P Moore
Dear Harikrishnan, I am thinking to take Leed green associate and BD+C exams together and I just wanted to check if GBRI $249 package provides all the course material for both exams?if I just want to take LEED green associate exam then does it still good for that purpose? Also it shows on-demand availability option in the drop down menu, does it mean that I can access any time even if I want to study till next year February. Thanks in advance!!! Zee
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning a LEED credential. It looks like GBRI has followed up with you on your specific question. If you have any additional questions related for USGBC or GBCI, please let me know. Thanks!
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