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LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation


Join the momentum of the emerging green building movement and distinguish yourself with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate credential, designed by the USGBC (US Green Building Council).  The course is designed for professionals who seek the certification and want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.  This course focuses on the overall concepts of sustainable building including green design, green building definitions and terminology, construction and operations.  Upon completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion which allows eligibility to take the LEED Green Associate exam.


Upon completion of training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key components of the LEED rating system
  • Understand the basic LEED certification process
  • Understand the intent and associated concepts of each LEED credit category
  • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving credit category goals
  • Understand regulations, recognitions and incentives related to each credit category
  • Learn how to apply to take the Green Building Certification Institutes' Green Associate Exam


USGBC's LEED Core Concepts + Strategies:

  1. Synergistic Opportunities and LEED Application Process
  2. Project Site Factors
  3. Water Management
  4. Project Systems and Energy Impacts
  5. Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
  6. Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
  7. Project Surroundings and Public Outreach

This workshop is intended for anyone who wants more than a basic understanding of LEED - including those with a stake in their company's building practices, those directly involved in green building projects, and those pursuing GBCI's LEED Green Associate credential.

The workshop provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems.  It begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background of the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process.  The core of the workshop presents LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level - across building types and rating systems - touching on strategies, synergies, and specific examples that are reinforced by real project cases.  Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout the workshop.  Interactive activities within the course keeps you engaged and reinforce what you've learned. 

This course provides the foundation required for any 300-level LEED education offering.

Materials included are:

  • USGB LEED Core Concepts + Strategies
  • Green Buildings and LEED Core Concepts Guide
  • Green Associate Study Guide*
  • The Updated Green Associate Candidate Handbook



Method of Instruction

Instructor led workshop and facilitated study groups that build on core green building and LEED knowledge as outlined in the Green Associate Candidate Handbook.  Instructor will facilitate preparation through engaged study group and directed self study.  Dynamic online learning management is integrated into this course.


  • Exam:  No
  • Demonstration of Skills:  Yes
  • Class Participation:  Yes