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Education @USGBC is your go-to place for LEED Green Associate exam prep. What’s more, after you pass the exam, we offer fresh and innovative content that can help you easily maintain your credential every two years.

To get started, review the information under "The Essentials"carefully. Registering for your exam will help you structure your study time and keep you on track. The resources below are meant to accommodate various learning preferences and styles. Do you prefer an online course? A hard-copy textbook? Check out our recommendations, and contact us for assistance anytime.

The essentials

First, complete these two steps.

  1. Register for the exam. The LEED Green Associate exam covers LEED v4 material, the latest version of the LEED rating system To register, you will be prompted to create a free site user account if you don’t already have one. The exam fee is $200 for USGBC members and $250 for nonmembers.
  2. Download the free LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook. The primary source for the development of the LEED Green Associate exam is the LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Reference Guide – v4 Edition. As a candidate for the LEED Green Associate, it is essential that you review the free Introductory and Overview Sections. It is not necessary for you to be familiar with the full reference guide. If you wish to study for a LEED AP exam, it will be essential to review the appropriate reference guide in its entirety. The entire reference guide is available for purchase on There are a few additional resources recommended in the References section of this handbook, and all of them are available to you online.

Gather your study materials

Next, we recommend that you select one or more of these great resources to fit your learning style and background knowledge.

Purchase our Study Bundle: LEED Core Concepts Guide + LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide, LEED v4 Edition from USGBC Education Partner ATP. The LEED Core Concepts Guide outlines the fundamental concepts in green building and LEED that will be covered on the exam. The LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide comes with access to printable flashcards, sample exam questions and more. This is available in hard copy only and is $130 for members and $155 for nonmembers.

Purchase an online, on-demand course on Education @USGBC:

  • We offer LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prepfrom USGBC Education Partner Everblue. This self-paced course is hosted on our website and includes a practice exam. You can access this course anytime, anywhere on your mobile device. The price is $250 for members and nonmembers.
  • We also offer the All-Inclusive LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Prep from GBRI Education Partner GBRI. This online exam preparation package is also hosted on our website and includes self-paced online instruction modules, a comprehensive study guide, multiple practice tests with 200+ practice exam questions and handy flash cards. The price is $199 for members and nonmembers.

Looking for an in-person exam prep course? Send us an email identifying your location, preferred date and any special accommodations, and we’re happy to help you find something in your area.

Test your knowledge

Try a practice exam.

Many USGBC Education Partners will make sample exam questions available so you can gauge your understanding of green building principles and practices. You can access these questions for free with an Education @USGBC subscription. (A 365-day subscription is $175 for members and $199 for nonmembers. Learn more.)

Maintain your credential

Congratulations on passing your exam! As a LEED Green Associate, you will need to complete 15 hours of LEED-specific Continuing Education (CE) every two years.

USGBC makes maintaining your credential easy with Education @USGBC. As a subscriber, you gain access to over 315 hours of online, on-demand education on a variety of green building and sustainability topics for one year. Over 100 courses in our subscription are eligible to maintain your new LEED Green Associate credential. You can find these courses easily by selecting “LEED Green Associate” under the Continuing Education filter, and we’re adding more courses all the time.

When you take a course on, we report the CEs to GBCI on your behalf. You can monitor your CE activity history anytime within your site user account.

Get started by registering for the exam

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