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The LEED Green Associate will enhance your professional credentials, open doors to new job opportunities and help advance your career in the green building industry. The LEED Green Associate is a valuable certification for anyone interested in making a positive impact on the environment.

The LEED Green Associate exam measures general knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects. The exam is ideal for those newer to sustainability and LEED. Access the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook.

  • Prep: Review our study materials and access exam prep resources.
  • Exam: The exam is two hours long and has 100 multiple-choice questions. You have the option to take the exam at a Prometric Testing Center or from home as a remote proctored online exam. Review exam details.
  • Maintain: LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within two years of passing their exam. Access CMP information.

Preparing for the exam

Candidate handbook

These handbooks cover exam content, policies & procedures:
LEED Green Associate

Reivew study references & sample questions:
LEED Green Associate

Course catalog


LEED Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Reference Guide v4 Edition: Introductory and Overview Sections
LEED Green Associate Study Bundle, LEED v4 Edition

Steps to become a LEED Green Associate

  1. Study for the exam

For LEED Green Associates, USGBC recommends one of the below bundles to help you prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam:

  Study bundle
Exam & Prep bundle
Exam, Prep & Maintain bundle
LEED Green Associate exam prep guide
LEED Core Concepts Guide
LEED Green Associate exam registration
Full-year subscription to the USGBC course catalog
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  1. Register for the exam
  2. Schedule to take the exam at home or at a local Prometric testing center

LEED Green Associate exam formats & procedures

  • Fees: $250 ($100 for students, $200 for USGBC members)
  • Prerequisites/eligibility requirements: None
  • Format: 100 multiple-choice questions. You have the option to take the exam at a Prometric Testing Center or from home as a remote proctored online exam.
  • Language: Translation aids are available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Learn more.
  • Scoring: A passing score of 170 out of 200.
  • Rescheduling and cancellations: Permitted up to 3 days prior to exam. Some fees may apply. Learn more.


Sign up for the LEED Green Associate credential now and start making an impact in your field.

Earn continuing education for credential maintenance

Advance your knowledge of green building and sustainability concepts and practices. All LEED professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours; LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential. You can earn hours through these activities related to green building: education, project experience, authorship and volunteering.

Download the CMP Guide for additional information about LEED professional credential maintenance.

Learn online

Access top sustainability and green building education to grow your knowledge and fulfill continuing education requirements. Explore the USGBC course catalog and purchase a yearlong subscription.

Playlists take the guesswork out of finding the right course for you. Access playlists for LEED Green Associate CMP, Key concepts for contractors and builders, among others.

Learn in person

Attend events hosted by USGBC communities, previously known as chapters, which provide local leadership, networking, education, and volunteer opportunities for individuals. Browse all in-person events.


Earn continuing education hours by reading our member magazine and taking a quiz. Read USGBC+.

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