The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System is the most popular green building system in the world. The organization works with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) to manage the LEED Fellow, LEED Accredited Professional, and LEED Green Associate programs. The organization recently expanded its Green Associate program and Canadian residents are now available for this designation.

The LEED Green Associate program is designed to provide a green building credential to those that are involved in non-technical aspects of the industry. The program focuses on the basics of green design, construction, and green building operations.

“The green building world is expanding; key players include not only those in the building industry but also sales and marketing professionals, lawyers, real estate brokers, product manufacturers and suppliers, students and more,” said Peter Templeton, President, GBCI. “The LEED Green Associate credential gives these individuals a way to differentiate themselves from their peers in a highly competitive job market.” Source: GBCI

In order to qualify for the LEED Green Associate exam, a candidate must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Documented involvement on a LEED-registered project
  • Current or previous employment in a sustainable field of work
  • Enrollment in or completion of a green building principles education program
There is a $50 application fee and the LEED Green Associate exam fee is $150 for USGBC members and students and $200 for all other parties. The renewal fee for this green building credential is $50 every two years.

For more information on this program, visit the GBCI’s LEED Green Associate homepage.