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Overview: What Will Be on the LEED Green Associate Exam?

Here, I will introduce you to all the parts of the LEED Green Associate exam you will need to know and understand.

Part of the responsibility of a LEED Green Associate is to comprehend the application of LEED for potential LEED certified projects. This involves the understanding of the various rating systems and for what kinds of projects they should be used for.

In addition, project requirements and the cost implications of the LEED process should also be understood.

The LEED Application Process

The LEED Application process is the method by which a project becomes LEED certified. This involves how a project team may apply and register their project for LEED certification, how credit information is given to the USGBC, how a team may ask questions to the USGBC for clarification, or how a team may appeal rulings by the USGBC.

LEED Credits and Prerequisites

The core of the LEED curriculum involves mandatory project requirements called prerequisites, as well as points earned through various credits. It is the LEED Green Associate’s responsibility to understand the point system and how prerequisites and credits are earned – the strategies behind them, the codes and standards used to help satisfy them, as well as how different credits interact with each other.

LEED Specific Strategies

You will also need to understand specific strategies that are involved across the various LEED Rating Systems, as well as how they interact with one another. LEED Strategies are divided into the following categories:

  • Site Selection
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality; and
  • Innovation in Design

Additional Exam Material

Lastly, you will also need to know general USGBC policies and other green resources.

For more information about what’s on the exam, please take a look at the Green Associate exam candidate handbook, which can be found on the GBCI website. If you’re interested in study material for the Green Associate exam, please click here.

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7 Comments On This Post

  1. I’m considering purchasing your LEED GA Walkthrough package. How well does ir cover the content required for Canadian LEED GA exam?

  2. Can the LEED Associate Certificate TEST be taken on line?

  3. I have some questions about the Green Associate (GA)exam. I found the handbook for GA and the refereces shown there are all from USGBC. I am aware of the different reference guides (2009)there is one pecifically for Canada but there is no clear information about how to prepare the Canada GA exam but there is one for US ( I am confused. Is the content in the Canada GA exam different from the US GA exam? What materials should I be reading for preparing for the exam?

  4. I take the Green Associate exam on SUNDAY!!!! I, unfortunately failed my first attempt about 2 months ago BY ONE POINT, and it was the most disappointing thing. DO NOT make my mistakes. I studied from the USGBC guides exclusively my first time and found some subjects in the exam to not even be mentioned in those guides. I bought your GA walkthrough, Pat, after I failed and decided to restudy more/different materials to cover my bases, and now I feel much more confident that I will come out victorious the second time! ALSO, use the GA Handbook to your advantage if studying, the primary and ancillary references are free, at your disposal and full of relevant info, and basically how the outline of the exam is formulated so USE THEM! Learn from my mistakes and don’t fail by one point, please, I don’t wish that feeling on anyone!

    • Katie,
      I just took Green Associate exam,and
      failed BY ONE POINT.I can understand the feeling and frustration. I was studying from the material I have purchased from
      GreenSteps, I have found it very comprehensive, but my concern is that some information is from 2006.
      GA Handbook is helpull.

  5. I have the same question as Anna. Does anyone know if there is a Canada-specific GA exam?


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