LEED Green Associate Explained

LEED Green AssociateThe LEED Green Associate credential is for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.

This credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. LEED Green Associate is the best introduction to green building that you will find - it is high level and comprehensive in nature, providing insights into a 100+ areas of green building.

To become a LEED Green Associate, one must pass a professional credentialing exam that has 100 multiple-choice questions.

LEED Green Associate Exam Eligibility

There are no eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam. However, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recommends that candidates have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing.

The U.S. Green Building Council, who created LEED, have created a network of education partners that they've entrusted with preparing candidates for the LEED exam. Everblue is the largest USGBC Education Partner, with students reporting a 99% pass rate after completing our LEED Green Associate Exam Prep package.

LEED GA Exam Breakdown

The LEED Green Associate Exam pulls content from all of the LEED rating systems and about 1000 pages of additional primary and ancillary references. Ultimately, the exam focuses on the LEED project process, core sustainability concepts, terminology, and various aspects of the LEED rating systems.

Candidates are required to score 170 out of 200 points in order to pass. The questions are all weighted differently, so there is no magic number for how many questions to get correct. The USGBC has a pool of 1000+ questions that they can pull from to make their 100-question exams, so no two exams will look the same. The USGBC does not share its database of questions with anyone.

How to Study

Everblue's LEED exam prep courses walk you through the LEED project processes and LEED rating systems - we teach you what to expect on the exam. Following the course, you should expect to study for 20-30 hours with the provided study materials (study guide, memorization sheets, and practice exam questions). Once you have completed the practice exam questions and have the memorization sheets down pat, you are then ready to take the exam.

Registering for the LEED Exam

After training, you will register and pay for the exam through the USGBC website, which is www.usgbc.org/credentials.

LEED Green Associate Exam Cost

Non-Members: $250

Employees of USGBC National Member Organizations: $200

Full-Time Students: $100

Scheduling the LEED Exam

When you are ready, the exam is available six days a week (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) at any Prometric Testing Center. It is a computerized exam, and you'll be given 2 hours to answer 100 questions. You will not have access to anything but the exam screen (i.e., no Internet). The exam is closed book, so you will have to learn all of the required knowledge (we have many memorization aides built into our courses). The benefit of taking the exam on a computer is that you will receive your score and find out if you passed before you leave the testing center.

If you're ready to become a LEED Green Associate, start today with LEED Exam Prep training from Everblue!

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