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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*

Looking for more study materials? Access the following course and publication:

330 commentsLeave a comment

Manager - Environment, Pratibha Industries Limited
Hi to all! I wish to take LEED green associate exam and LEED BD+C exam in one chance. Is it advisable?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning LEED credentials. I would recommend 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.
Architect, Saudi Oger
Hi! I have 2 questions: 1- Is it better to wait til after June 30 2015 to purchase the books (LEED GA and then LEED AP BD+C)? or should I just go ahead and purchase the books even if I want to take the Exam after June 30 2015? 2- How much time do I need to study for each exam seperatly? Thank You
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning LEED credentials! For your first question, please feel free to start your study of LEED v4 content as soon as possible for either the LEED Green Associate alone or both LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP Building Design and Construction. You will be able to study any addenda alongside the references and study materials. Even if you purchase a study bundle, please be sure to consult the test specifications and references in the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. For your second question, the amount of time to study really depends on your current familiarity with LEED and the amount of time you have available to study. Candidates who cram or hope for cues from the exam questions will not do well. Create a study plan that will enable you to master the material. Good luck!
Constructor Civil - Pontificia Universidad Católica, Cost Consultant
If the basic knowledge of LEED for, contribute with e.g. sustainable buildings, and related professionals interested in achieving these objectives and concepts. I cannot understand what has become a sea of knowledge and skills taught to professionals can successfully achieved GA and at the end becomes a test that is in plain view that is difficult. What do you say regarding to this matter ...
Constructor Civil - Pontificia Universidad Católica, Cost Consultant
Existen cuestionarios de ejercicios o folletos de preguntas, para obtener el LEED GA
Proyect and Desing Manager
I want to prepare take the Green Associate exam, where can I get the books to prepare the exam? is there any official guide? Thanks
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you very much for your interest in becoming a LEED Green Associate. Please consider purchasing the materials listed above under "Looking for more study materials?". We always recommend studying the test specifications and references in the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
Solution Architect Data Center, Hewlett Packard India Sales Pvt Ltd
I have made my mind to take the LEED exam one by one under USGBC, would like to know what is the exam formalities to take up this as I am in India. I mean does this exams conducted online, in that case will I be assigned a exam center or I can take it up from my home.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi, The exam is not offered online but in testing centers around the world. The first step is to register for the exam on the USGBC website. Then, you can schedule the exam at your convenience via our partner: Prometric. They typically have availability almost every day, but this is determined by the test center you choose. To locate the test center nearest you, go to Prometric's website (https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/gbci/Pages/landing.aspx), and select "Locate a Test Center." Best wishes preparing for your exam!
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