LEED Green Associate Overview

What is a LEED Green Associate Credential?

Looking to advance or begin your career in the growing field of Green Building? LEED is the #1 recognized green building rating system in the world.  Created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED Green Associate is the first of two tiers of professional green building accreditation.  Sometimes referred to as “LEED GA”, LEED Green associates have demonstrated knowledge of green building practices and standards related to the design, construction, usage and maintenance of buildings.


LEED accreditation/credentials are earned by people

LEED certification is awarded to buildings


Who Benefits from Becoming a LEED Green Associate?

Virtually everyone who currently works in commercial real estate or is looking to enter a related field can benefit by becoming a LEED GA.  Where you are a college student looking to differentiate yourself from other new graduates or a seasoned professional looking to expand your knowledge and project or career options, LEED professionals are in high demand.  Some common positions held by Green Associates include:

  • College students
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • General Contractors
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • City and Neighborhood Planners
  • Interior Designers
  • Property Managers
  • Facility Maintenance Staff
  • Construction Superintendents


How Do I Become a LEED Green Associate?

The Green Associate credential is earned by passing the 100-question LEED Green Associate exam administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).  LEED GA is a prerequisite for the next level:  LEED Accredited Professional, or LEED AP.

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How Difficult is the LEED Green Associate Exam?

What the LEED GA exam lacks in mathematical and technical difficulty, it more than makes up for in breadth of topics covered.  In other words, it requires you to know a little about a lot, as evidenced by the massive 800+ page rating system guides.  The exam becomes more approachable once you know the right topics to study.

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  • Saving you time (study a fraction of the time vs. reading the entire LEED reference guide or all of the LEED rating systems)
  • Focusing on the material covered on the exam (and not all the extra stuff you don’t need to know to pass)
  • Providing practice tests that are nearly identical in style to the actual test questions and have detailed explanations of the correct answers

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How Long Does the Green Associate Credential Last?

All LEED credentials last indefinitely provided they are maintained every two years with continuing education.  This ensures professionals are up-to-speed with this constantly evolving building standard.  The LEED Green Associate will require 15 hours of continuing education every two years.

Green Associates can enjoy affordable continuing education bundles that GBES offers and makes maintaining your credential stress-free:

  • Keep track of your credential deadlines
  • Provide multiple formats for CE hours including videos
  • Save you paperwork & time by automatically reporting your Green Associate continuing education credits directly to USGBC/GBCI
  • Double as AIA credits and include automatic reporting for AIA


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What Comes After LEED GA?

Becoming a LEED Green Associate is sure to accelerate your career and help you contribute to the green building movement. Once you’ve become a LEED Green Associate, there are typically two main paths:

  • Professionals directly involved with building design and construction often advance to the LEED AP (Accredited Professional). There are five specialty areas for this credential based on an individual’s role.
  • College students or those in auxiliary roles related to commercial real estate will find value in the WELL AP, which focuses on healthy buildings and high-quality environments for their occupants. After all, we spend 90% of our time indoors.


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