1.   Who is eligible to take an exam?
 2.   How are exams administered?

 3.   How do I register for a Green Advantage Exam?
 4.   How do I prepare for an exam?
 5.   What topics are covered on each exam?
 6.   Am I required to take an exam prep training?
 7.   Once I register for an exam, how long do I have to take it?
 8.   Where can I take an exam?
 9.   How do I reschedule my exam?
10.  If I do not pass the exam, can I take it again?
11.  How long will I be certified?
12.  How do I make a suggestion for improvement or file a complaint?
13.  Are there testing accommodations for people with special needs?
14.   Are my exam results confidential?
15.  How do I update my GA Online Directory information?
16.  How do I buy GA gear?
17.  How do I specify Green Advantage personnel in my project specs?
18.  How can I offer GA exam prep training?
19.  How do I get a LEED Innovation Credit using Green Advantage Certified workers?
20.  Why is American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation important?
21.  Does Green Advantage offer internships?
22.  How can I volunteer with Green Advantage?
23.  How does one gain appointment to the Green Advantage Certification Board?

 

1.    Who is eligible to take an exam?

Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA) candidates must:
  • Be at least 16 years of age. Written parent or guardian permission is required for youth 16 or 17 years old
  • Pay the exam fee, or have the fee paid by a third party on your behalf
  • Sign the GACA Registration Agreement
Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP) candidates must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pay the exam fee, or have the fee paid by a third party on your behalf
  • Sign the GACP Registration Agreement
  • Note: GACA certification is NOT required as a prerequisite.

2.    How are exams administered?

Exams are administered electronically (computerized) or in paper/pencil format. Both types of exams are proctored.

  • Computerized exam
    Computerized exams are given at authorized testing facilities. As an exam candidate, you schedule your own testing time and date and take the test individually at a testing center most convenient to you.
  • Paper/Pencil Exam
Paper/pencil exams are given in groups, often following group training. Group exams are administered by GA proctors at a time and place set by the host or training organization.

3.    How do I register for a Green Advantage Exam?

  • Step 1. From the Green Advantage website, click on Register. If you have a GA account, login and complete the registration process. If you do not have a GA account, create one by clicking on Register.  Then click on Create New Account (upper right of the screen). 
  • Step 2. Select the computerized version of the exam you wish to take along with the testing site, date, and time. 
  • Step 3. Read the registration agreement and click to acknowledge that you have read and understand it.
  • Step 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.

4.    How do I prepare for an exam?

           Green Advantage offers the following certification exam preparation materials:

  • Exam Overviews

These important preparation resources are posted on www.greenadvantage.org. The purpose of each Exam Overview is to acquaint you with the topics that are covered on each exam. Each Overview also has sample questions for that exam. The overviews can also help you decide which exam is right for you.

  • Study Guides

Green Advantage publishes a Study Guide for each exam. The associated Study Guide is sent to you when you register for the exam. Exam questions are drawn from this Study Guide, so it is a very important document for you to read and thoroughly review.

The Study Guide is not designed to replace training, but it will assist you in preparing for your certification exam. If you register online, you receive the associated Study Guide attached to your registration confirmation email. If you do not register online, you should receive the appropriate Study Guide through the organization that is registering on your behalf well in advance of your exam date. If your exam date is approaching, and you have not received your Study Guide, please contact Green Advantage for assistance at exams@greenadvantage.org.

  • For AIA Members: GA Certification Exam Preparation 1 (GACEP2) Workbook

Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who are interested in earning eight Health Safety Welfare (HSW) Learning Units can refer to the Green Advantage Certification Exam Preparation (GACEP2) Workbook for complete program details.

5.    What topics are covered on each exam?

GACA Certification exam 
This exam focuses on how to ensure successful green building projects, reduce risks associated with green building, and apply green building methods, materials, and 200+ best practices related to building performance, worker & occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs.
 
GACP Certification exam 
This exam focuses on how to ensure successful green building projects, reduce risks associated with green building, and apply green building methods, materials, and 600+ best practices related to meet or exceed green project goals for building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs. 

6.    Am I required to take an exam prep training?

No, candidates for GA® Certification are not required to take training courses. However, Green Advantage recommends training in preparation for the exam, and on the GA website provides information on third-party organizations offering exam prep trainings. (Visit www.greenadvantage.org for more information on trainings.)  As a certifying body, GA does not provide, endorse, or sponsor trainings.

7.    Once I register for an exam, how long do I have to take it?

All GA Exam registrations expire after one year. If you do not take the exam within one year of registering, you forfeit your exam fee. GA Exam® fees are non-refundable. To take the exam after one year, you will need to re-register and repay.  Note that additional restrictions may apply to group voucher programs.

8.    Where can I take an exam?

  • Electronic exam
    Electronic exams are taken at testing centers, located throughout the US, Canada, and many other countries. When you register for an electronic exam, you will have the opportunity to select the center of your choice prior to making payment.
     
  • Paper/pencil exam
    Paper/pencil exams are taken in groups hosted by an employer, training organization, or other institutional host. These exams are offered at sites that meet testing center criteria.

9.    How do I reschedule my exam?

  • If you registered online for a computerized (electronic) exam and are rescheduling more than 72 hours in advance of your scheduled test time, log in to your Green Advantage account and reschedule your exam.
  • If you registered online for a computerized exam and are rescheduling less than 72 hours in advance of your scheduled test time, contact exams@greenadvantage.org to reschedule your exam. A $75 rescheduling fee will apply.
  • If you are registered for a group exam but cannot make it, you may convert that registration to take a computerized exam at a testing center; contact exams@greenadvantage.org  to apply your exam fee to a computerized exam.

10.  If I do not pass the exam, can I take it again?

Yes, you can retake the exam as many times as is necessary to pass, however, you must re-register and pay the exam fee. Please send questions about retesting to exams@greenadvantage.org.

11.  How long will I be certified?

GACA is a 3-year certification.  GACP certification period depends upon when you became certified. It is a 5-year certification for certifications received after January 1, 2013, and a 3-year certification for certifications received before January 1, 2013.

12.  How do I make a suggestion for improvement or file a complaint?

Green Advantage strives to maintain the integrity of its certifications by assuring fair conditions and providing timely responses to complaints and grievances. If you have a complaint or grievance, you may submit it in writing to Green Advantage at the address below, or send an email to exams@greenadvantage.org.  Please be specific about the problem. GA reviews all matters internally and responds to such communications within two weeks.

Green Advantage, Inc.
P.O. Box 3170
Frederick, MD 21705-3170

13.  Are there testing accommodations for people with special needs?

Any exam candidate requiring testing accommodation(s) should contact exams@greenadvantage.org immediately after registering for an exam. If the disability is documented by a licensed psychologist or physician, Green Advantage will work with you to identify how to accommodate your needs appropriately while maintaining the overall fairness of exam testing conditions. Green Advantage reserves the right to request documentation of your disability from your psychologist or physician.

14.  Are my exam results confidential?

An exam score will be released only to the test taker, unless Green Advantage® receives a written, signed statement authorizing the release to another party, or unless the exam fee was paid by a third party. In the event that an employer or another third party, such as a governmental agency, has paid for your exam, the results in pass-fail terms may be released to that entity. Green Advantage may also disclose an examinee’s account information if compelled by a governmental authority or required under applicable law or if required by an accrediting body. If Green Advantage is required by law to release account information, unless prohibited by law, notification IS given to the examinee.

15.  How do I update my GA Online Directory information?

Send your request to directory@greenadvantage.org
You may update any of the following information:

  • Name (first and last)
  • Company Name
  • Company Street Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Work Phone
  • Work Email (to be used for Green Advantage official correspondence)
  • Work Website
  • Non-English languages spoken

16.  How do I buy GA gear?

Green Advantage offers:

  • U.S. made, organic cotton baseball cap with the GA logo for $15
  • GA decal that can be used on your hard hat or other surfaces for $2. (Decals are only available to GACA and GACP Certified individuals.)

           Both costs include shipping and handling.

To purchase items, make your check payable to Green Advantage and mail it to:

Green Advantage, Inc.
P.O. Box 3170
Frederick, MD 21705-3170

17.  How do I specify Green Advantage personnel in my project specs?

The Specifications Guide contains suggested specification requirements and language for projects to be constructed in compliance with the GA30 and the enhanced GA3030 standards. Green Advantage offers two sets of specifications for the inclusion of a strong percentage of certified green builders on a project. 

18.  How can I offer GA exam prep training?

Green Advantage welcomes individuals and organizations interested in providing GA exam prep trainings. We offer free resources to help trainers deliver successful trainings, and we list training providers’ contact information on our website as a resource for exam takers.

Offering an exam prep training includes: 

  • Step 1. Review prep resource materials below
  • Step 2. Take the GACA or GACP exa
  • Step 3. Develop curricula and training presentation
  • Step 4. If arranging a group exam, send an email to info@greenadvantage.org to schedule the exam at the completion of your training and study period.  
  • Step 5. Hold your training
 
To have your GA prep trainings or products listed on our website, please email your contact and training information to info@greenadvantage.org.  If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to email us at info@greenadvantage.org or call us at (540) 822-9449. We encourage your inquiries and input! 

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19.    How do I get a LEED Innovation Credit using Green Advantage Certified workers?

The LEED Rating System recognizes the value of having a significant percentage of a project's workforce be Green Advantage Certified (GACP only), and has approved a LEED Innovation Credit for eligible commercial projects registering under LEED-NC v2.2, LEED 2009 BD&C, and LEED v4, based on the Green Advantage Specifications.

Projects seeking LEED certification that wish to pursue the Innovation Credit have two options:

20.  Why is American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accreditation important?

ANSI is a rigorous third-party accreditation program, recognized nationally and internationally, that is considered the hallmark of a quality certification program. It puts forth both initial and continuous requirements to ensure credibility, integrity, and excellence for organizations and programs providing credentials to the public. Based on ISO Standard 17024, ANSI evaluates the structure, governance, security, and validity of professional credential programs.

As an organization committed to offering quality, third party approved and transparent personnel certifications to building practitioners nationally and internationally, the Green Advantage pursuit of ANSI accreditation is one example of its commitment to continuously strengthen the quality and value of its personnel certification offerings.

21.  Does Green Advantage offer internships?

Yes, Green Advantage offers internships and research opportunities to talented students and professionals in many disciplines, including architecture, construction management, sustainability, statistics, communications, marketing, public policy, journalism, etc. These opportunities allow individuals to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, gain hands-on experience in environmental research and education while promoting environmentally sensitive construction practices that support social and economic sustainability. To learn about available opportunities or to suggest new projects, contact ces@greenadvantage.org.

22.  How can I volunteer with Green Advantage?

Volunteering can give you valuable business experience and build your skills while working for a great cause. Please contact Green Advantage at ces@greenadvantage.org if you are interested in becoming a GA volunteer.  

23.  How does one gain appointment to the Green Advantage Certification Board?

Certification Board members are appointed by the Green Advantage governing Board of Directors. Certification Board nominations should be directed to info@greenadvantage.org.