What are the steps involved in becoming a LEED Green Associate?


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Become a LEED Green Associate by studying relevant materials to prepare for the exam, registering online, paying the application fee and passing the 100-question multiple choice exam. Educational or work experience in green building concepts is recommended, but the only exam requirement is that candidates are at least 18.

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  1. Prepare for the exam

    Download the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook from the U.S. Green Building Council website for an overview of the exam's policies, procedures, test specifications, exam references and sample questions. Take an exam prep course, or study exam materials on your own to prepare for exam questions on topics such as LEED process, sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and other green building concepts.

  2. Register for the exam

    Register for the exam by creating an account on the USGBC website. Navigate to Credentials, select Green Associate, and complete the registration. Pay the fee. As of 2014, the exam costs $200 for USGBC members and full-time students or $250 for non-members.

  3. Take the exam

    Schedule the precise location and day of your exam on the Green Building Certification Institute page of the Prometric website. Prometric is an exam development and delivery provider. Reschedule or confirm your test on the same page. Once you pass the exam, maintain your Green Associate credential by logging at least 15 hours of qualified continuing education within a two-year period.

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