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LEED Green Associate Test Prep Resources

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The key to earning a LEED Green Associate is a thorough understanding of green building and LEED. Earning the LEED GA credential is a prerequisite of taking any of the LEED AP with specialty exams.

The following steps are essential for preparing to ace the exam.

Download and read the free LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook very carefully. Reading the LEED GA Candidate Handbook will give you an understanding of the value in purchasing study materials from the US Green Building Council (USGC), USGBC partners, or third party sources such as Studio4LLC.

The LEED Green Associate Exam is designed to test the general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.

The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.

The LEED v4 exam is based on the following text specifications and references. The exam questions reflect Task Domains and Knowledge Domains.

Task Domains: Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively. These include concepts such as LEED Project and Team Coordination, LEED Certification Process, Analyses Required for LEED Credits, and Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System.
LEED Green Associate Tasks (100%)

  • LEED Green Associate Tasks (100%)

Knowledge Domains: Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know. These include concepts such as LEED Process, Integrative Strategies, LEED credit categories, and Project Surroundings and Public Outreach.

LEED Process (16 questions)
Integrative Strategies (8 questions)
Location and Transportation (7 questions)
Sustainable Sites (7 questions)
Water Efficiency (9 questions)
Energy and Atmosphere (10 questions)
Materials and Resources (9 questions)
Indoor Environmental Quality (8 questions)
Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (11 questions)

References
The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.
The LEED Green Associate Exam is designed to test the general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.

LEED credentials are granted by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

There are 2 main Tiers (types) of accreditation for individuals, each with their respective LEED exam prep classes: Tier 1 LEED Green Associate (GA) and Tier 2 LEED Accredited Professional (AP).

Tier 1 LEED GA is a foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles.

Tier 2 LEED AP with specialty is an advanced professional credential signifying expertise in green building and a LEED rating system based on the Rating System Reference Guide.

Note: Passing the LEED Green Associate exam is a requirement to sit for a LEED AP exam.

Tier 3 LEED Fellows are a highly accomplished class of individuals nominated by their peers and distinguished by a minimum of 10 or more years of professional green building experience. LEED Fellows must also have achieved a LEED AP with specialty credential.

The value of LEED Credentials  

Adding a LEED credential to your name is a feather in your cap. It advances your career and opens doors to a greener future. The sustainable building industry is growing at an exponential rate and the world needs more LEED Green Associates and LEED APs to help certify ALL buildings around the globe.




Overview Analysis for the LEED Green Associate Exam

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The material and information in this document constructs a more detailed perspective of the LEED process than what is presented in the Studio4 6 Step Study Plan for the LEED Green Associate Exam. Many exam candidates begin their exploration into the study process completely overwhelmed by the volume, perceived complexities and, on occasion, inconsistencies and contradictions with available study resources, often starting out in a confused and misguided direction.

It would be difficult to comprehend the information necessary to pass the Green Associate exam without fully understanding the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the mechanisms established under USGBC’s control – the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems. Simply reading the vast amount of material defining each doesn’t necessarily provide the matrix that connects each and how this pyramid functions. As disconcerting as this may seem, perhaps it would be helpful if we developed our analysis of LEED, as a whole, as compared with something more familiar. Shortly it should become apparent the role of the U.S. Green Building Council with regard to environmental stewardship and the organized green movement.




6 Step Study Plan for the LEED Green Associate Exam

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This outline provides basic information to assist your understanding of how to begin studying for the LEED Green Associate exam: starting with the exam application process, selecting study materials, and then moving to brief descriptions for exam content such as green building, USGBC, and LEED.

The LEED Green Associate exam requires a basic, non-technical understanding of green building, USGBC and the core concepts of sustainable strategies used in designing and constructing high performance green buildings. Aside from the fact the Green Associate exam is a requirement for advancing to any of the specialty exams, passing the Green Associate exam would be sufficient for professionals such as real estate agents and brokers, sales and manufacturer’s reps., attorneys, developer and contractor mid-level managers, and other professionals who have no need to know the technical details and processes necessary to design and build high performance green buildings. This degree of knowledge is generally left to professionals who make their living with green buildings, from inception thru birth, and even until end of life.

The 6 Step Study Plan for the LEED Green Associate Exam can be downloaded here.




Free LEED v4 Exam Study & Miscellaneous Resources

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Studio4 Green Lifestyles Collection

Green Lifestyles Collection: green education for the Children

Green Lifestyles Collection: green education for the Family

Green Lifestyles Collection: green education for the Professionals

Green Lifestyles Collection: Homeowners Guide to Managing and Maintaining Your Home

LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Study Tips

LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Process

LEED v4 Reference Materials

LEED v4 Acronyms and Glossary of Terms

LEED v4 BD+C Rating System Credit Matrix

LEED v4 BD+C Referenced Standards by Credit Category

LEED v4 BD+C Related Credits by Credit Category

LEED v4 BD+C Commissioning Process

Miscellaneous Documents

Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) Guide (USGBC)

LEED v4 BD+C Checklists (tabs at bottom of spreadsheet for each rating system – USGBC)

LEED v4 Impact Category and Point Allocation Process (USGBC)

LEED and Green Building Codes (USGBC)

Greening the Codes (USGBC)

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The Studio4 LEED Green Associate Study Guide, Studio4 LEED Green Associate 101 Questions & 100 Answers, and the Studio4 LEED BD+C Credit Summary Charts can be purchased and downloaded from the e-store menu located at the top of the screen. The Studio4 Leed Green Associate Study Guide Table of Contents is a free download.

LEED v4 GA Study Guide: Table of Contents