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How to Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam

By Edited Feb 8, 2016 4 1

The LEED Green Associate Exam (LEED GA Exam) is the 1st tier exam that qualified individuals can take to become a part of the LEED program. Administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the LEED GA exam is a 2-hour, 100 question multiple choice test that will test your basic knowledge about green building and sustainable design strategies, as well the LEED certification process.

Although there are several different ways a person can study for and pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, the following steps are provided as a proven method by an experienced individual to give you the best chance to pass the exam.

Things You Will Need

Before you can register for the exam, you must first meet the eligibility requirements. For your reference, the requirements are outlined for you below:

In order to take the LEED Green Associate exam, you must fulfill at least one of the following three requirements:

1. You must have previous experience supporting a LEED-registered project
2. You must have experience working in a sustainable field of work
3. You must have attended an education program that addresses green building principles.

Step 1

It is recommended that you first read the LEED Green Associate Exam Handbook on the GBCI website, which outlines all of the exam procedures, as well as the basic material that will be covered on the test.

Step 2

The LEED GA Handbook lists all of the books, reference guides and published articles that will be covered on the exam. There are a number of different titles, some of which are more important than others.

The most important title to study is the LEED Core Concepts guide, since a majority of the questions will come from it. However, there may be questions asked about any of the listed materials, so it's important to get your hands on each of those publications, or a LEED GA Study Guide to help you determine the most important information.

Step 3

The LEED GA exam is very memorization based. This means that you must retain the information exactly you read in each of those publications for exam day.

For some people, memorizing everything is fairly easy, while for others it can be a daunting task.

Many people choose to read the material over and over again until it sticks. Others use study enhancing tools such as audio guides, or flash cards. You can experiment with different memorization tactics to see what works for you.

Step 4

After you feel like you have a good grasp of the material, it's best to test your knowledge by taking practice exams.

There are several companies that offer LEED Green Associate Exam practice tests. No matter which practice exams you take, make sure you treat your practice tests just like the real thing. This will ensure that you will be prepared when exam day finally comes around.
There is no right way to study for the exam, but hopefully with the study regiment outlined here, you have an idea of exactly how you can give yourself a good chance to pass the LEED GA exam the first time. Good luck, and be sure to

Tips & Warnings

A few final tips and warnings:

A lot of the material can be organized into charts and matrices. If flashcards or reading just doesn't work for you, you can try creating your own charts.

Lastly, when taking practice exams, make sure you are taking a LEED Green Associate practice exam, and not a LEED AP Specialty exams. The material in the LEED AP exams are much more detailed and is not covered in the reading material for the GA exam.


Jun 29, 2010 3:54pm
Hi patflynn, nice article. Many of the tips you give for preparing for this exam may be used in preparation for other types of exams.
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