LEED Green Associate



Salespersons with 2+ years experience

Earn Your Continuing Education Credits at NYREI

This course is approved for 15 hours of Real Estate continuing education.

Green Associate is a great career credential! This course offers the core material for taking the challenging U.S. Green Building Council test for Green Associate.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is the world’s foremost green building standard, designed by U.S. Green Building Council. This course trains you to become a LEED professional.

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Which Package is Right for You?

The easiest way to become LEED® accredited is to purchase a package below.

LEED Green Associate


LEED Green Professional


Course Information


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s foremost green building standard. It was developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

After you take our course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Then take the 3rd party test from USGBC/GBCI (with separate exam fee). You will receive a certificate from USGBC/GBCI when you pass.

Green Associate “demonstrate[s] green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.” It shows “basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.” LEED AP signifies “an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices.” At NYREI, we say Green Associate and AP are similar to Real Estate Salesperson and Broker. They both study Real Estate, but Salespersons learn the basics, and Brokers go into more depth.

No. The LEED AP course builds on Green Associate. After you pass Green Associate, you may take our LEED AP course which is offered by appointment to small groups.

Our Green Associate course is 4 sessions. All our reading and study materials are included in the price. The 3rd party exam fee is not included. The teacher, Kristen Bacorn, has worked on hundreds of green projects and is a recognized expert in the field. She is known for mentoring her students to get started in the industry. The class is fun and entertaining as well as informative.

Although U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED, they do not give tests. Tests are held at a professional testing facility called Prometric, a few blocks from NYREI. Prometric has dozens of computer cubicles offering all kinds of exams, and you may take the LEED exams whenever they have a free appointment for you. Exam procedures are thoroughly discussed in the class.

Green Associate and LEED AP exams are both multiple choice. However, they are often structured as, “Choose 3 out of 6,” instead of the traditional 1 choice out of 4. Both exams are very, very hard.

Most estimates are that only about 30% of test-takers pass. That means 70% FAIL ! Our school has a documented pass rate that ranges between 85-95%. While many schools – especially online courses – claim a 90+ pass rate, we have observed that most do not engage in any systematic follow-up with their students. If for some reason you do not pass the 3rd party exam, you may take it again in accordance with USGBC/GBCI rules.

To take the AP exam, you must first take the Green Associate exam, even if you take it on the same day.

It used to be that mostly architects and engineers became LEED accredited. But now, LEED touches every profession. Building owners want to hire people who understand green, from property managers to brokers, bankers, decorators, contractors, appraisers, home inspectors and more. It is not possible to give a specific figure on earnings, as LEED consultants make widely different amounts depending on their skills, experience, project type, and other considerations.

Green credentials do get employers’ attention. If you can take only one career enrichment course, this is a great choice. LEED accreditation shows you have mastered complicated environmental material!

It is not easy to find and join a LEED project team, as there are only about 1000 LEED buildings out of a total of a million buildings in New York City. The simplest way is with an internship. Our LEED teacher has helped dozens of qualified students become interns. Please be aware:

  • Internships are not guaranteed: whether a student is hired for an internship is decided by the LEED Project Team and is out of the control of NYREI or its teachers.
  • NYREI’s teacher may assist some students in finding opportunities for internships.
  • Internships are considered an education experience and sometimes students will be charged tuition for the privilege of working on a LEED project.
  • Internship referrals are only available to students enrolled in our Green Associate courses. We will not provide referrals for non-students or past students.
  • Other rules may apply and will be explained to students.