Green Builder Certifications

Green Advantage offers 2 green builder certifications.
Getting certified is easy! Just follow these 5 simple steps.

  1. Choose the certification that is right for you
  2. Review our policies
  3. Create a login account and register for the exam
  4. Download prep resource materials and study
  5. Take the exam

To register to become certified, click here.

To register to recertify, click here.

Certifications

Choose the green builder certification that’s right for you.

 Green Advantage Certified Associate® Exam (GACA® Exam)Green Advantage Certified Practitioner® Exam
(GACP® Exam)
Exam is for:

Workers across trades, regardless of green building rating system, standard, or code utilized on the job.

  • Tradespersons
  • Apprentices
  • Architectural or Engineering Students
  • Construction Students
  • Entry-level Construction Workers

Supervisors across trades, regardless of green building rating system, standard, or code utilized on the job.

  • Architects and Engineers
  • Construction Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Construction Supervisors
  • Journey Workers
  • Advanced Students
Exam focus:How to ensure successful green building projects and reduce risks associated with green building.How to ensure successful green building projects and reduce risks associated with green building, emphasizing supervisory perspective.
To pass you must:Understand the application of green building methods, materials, and 300+  green building best practices including building performance, worker & occupant health & safety, crew collaboration, and costs.Understand the application of green building methods, materials, and 800+ green building best practices. The exam emphasizes meeting and exceeding green project goals related to building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs.
Exam length/format:1-½ hour test time/60 multiple choice questions1-½ hour test time/60 multiple choice questions
Credential awarded:Green Advantage Certified Associate® (GACA™) Accredited (valid for 5 years)

Green Advantage Certified Practitioner® (GACP™) (valid for 5 years)

Fee:$250
This fee is reimbursable for eligible veterans and eligible coast guard service members.  Click here for more information about veteran reimbursement and click here to learn more about Coast Guard reimbursement.

$200
This fee applies to the Credential Maintenance Program and Students. Contact ces@greenadvantage.org to make payment arrangements.
$250
This fee is reimbursable for eligible veterans and eligible coast guard service members.  Click here for more information about veteran reimbursement and click here to learn more about Coast Guard reimbursement. See the fee schedule for student discounts.

$200
This fee applies to the Credential Maintenance Program and Students. Contact ces@greenadvantage.org to make payment arrangements.
Time limit for exams and retakes:Once payment is made by an individual or through voucher purchase, registrants have six months from the date of payment to take the exam, including retakes.Once payment is made by an individual or through voucher purchase, registrants have six months from the date of payment to take the exam, including retakes.

Policies

Review our policies in the GACA/GACP Certification Handbook and GA Trademark Usage Guide. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us ces@greenadvantage.org or 540-822-9449.

Register

  1. From the Green Advantage website, if you have a GA account, log in and complete then Register. If you do not have a GA account, create one by clicking on New User and then Register.
  2. Select the computerized version of the exam you wish to take.
  3. Read and electronically sign the registration agreement.
  4. Checkout by paying for your exam. You can pay with a credit card or, if your employer or host has sent you a voucher code, enter your voucher code.
  5. Schedule your exam. Once you complete step #4 above, you will receive an email scheduler that will enable you to arrange a date/time to take your exam through remote proctoring.

An employer, training organization, or other host may arrange for a group exam.  This involves a different registration process than the one listed above. If you are part of such a group, you will receive special registration instructions from your exam host.  If you have questions about this process, ask your exam host, or contact exams@greenadvantage.org.

Prepare

Green Advantage offers free resources to help you prepare for your certification exam – and pass!

Green Advantage recommends, but does not require, exam candidates to attend exam preparation training.

Recertify

The GA Certified Practitioner and the GA Certified Associate™ certifications are valid for 5 years. So be sure to keep track of your certification expiration, and don’t forget to get recertified.