Green Buildings and Preparing for LEED Green Associate

Two month online course, offered in September-October.

Get the knowledge to excel as a green professional in the new economy. Acquire an introduction to sustainability and how it lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the green building process.

This two-month online course provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems. Participants who successfully complete this online course are eligible and prepared to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

The course begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process. The core of the course 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 case examples

Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout. Discussion groups and interactive activities throughout the course keep you engaged and reinforce what you have learned. The course will wrap up with a review and preparation to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam.

The course includes:

  • Two USGBC publications: “Green Associate Study Guide” and “Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide.”
  • Study activities and practice exam questions to prepare for LEED Green Associates exam
  • Access to the USGBC Core Concepts and Strategies online course and other selected USGBC presentations and webinars
  • Discussions facilitated by USGBC LEED Faculty™ who are LEED Accredited Professionals with years of experience in LEED and green building.

September 6 – October 29
During this time frame, you can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More details are below.

$695  (Fee includes texts)

Visit the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Event Registration page, and click “Register” under the Green Buildings and Preparing for LEED Green Associate listing.

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun.

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

Participants can participate as little or as much as they want.

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.

For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.  It is estimated that this course will require 32 hours of seat time.

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Access additional online readings
  • Watch Videos and recorded presentations
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.

The content (readings, videos, activities) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area throughout the week and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.


Your instructors are LEED Faculty with the U.S. Green Building Council, developer of this course. The Faculty are LEED Accredited Professional with years of experience in LEED and green building.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Define sustainable as it relates to green building
  • Describe the structure of the LEED rating system and the LEED certification process
  • Describe key green building concepts and goals associated with LEED
  • Recognize successful LEED strategies and measurements for achieving goals
  • Describe the central role of integrative design
  • Identify and explain synergies among LEED credit categories and strategies
  • Describe case studies that represent LEED best practices
  • Gain knowledge needed to apply for the LEED Green Associate Exam

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