LEED for Homes Virtual Green Rater Training

With over 2 million LEED® for Homes™ registered spaces worldwide, LEED is the international rating system to ensure residential buildings are better. LEED requires third-party on-site verification and performance testing by a LEED Green Rater and demand is growing. Now residential and mixed-use projects of any size can go under the LEED for Homes rating system. If you’re interested in filling this need as part of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Green Rater program, this training is for you!

This is a blended learning experience with most of it being on-demand, on your time! 

The LEED for Homes Green Rater Training is designed to prepare qualified participants to provide verification services on LEED for Homes projects.

There are 2 types of sessions, there are the bi-monthly cohorts or there is the personal training pathway customized to fit your schedule

Pathway 1.a – Cohort – March 1st – 12th

The Next Session will be a virtual classroom 20 person cohort that is set up for a 2 week period where you can take modules on your own time at any time through the 2 week period.

Starting rate if $500.00 for GHI members – Become a member to get your discount code
$600.00 for nonmembers – Register here for the class now.

Pathway 2 – Personal Training – 3 Days on your schedule

1 on 1 personal green rater training that is still self-paced but has the ability to let you get the course done faster and still on your time. (Contact us to get access to this pathway.)

Pathway 1.b – Cohort – May 2021 – TBA
Similar to pathway 1

All Students will

  • Watch training videos online for each LEED Catagory on your time during training period
  • Complete a LEED checklist workbook based on an example project
  • Discuss questions with students and the instructor on an online chat forum in regards to each of the LEED category/credit
  • Attend 3 – 1 hour live sessions where we will go over your homework and other questions
  • Complete all videos, assignments, and discussion by the last day and then take a practice quiz
  • Be encouraged to take the GBCI Green Rater official quiz during the course with the group
  • Access to a building science CEU course discount to help you complete your application

Learning Objectives

  • Define the responsibilities of a LEED Green Rater in each phase of the project
  • Manage and conduct verification activities
  • Effectively use the LEED v4 Homes and Multifamily Workbook
  • Identify the location key resources

In addition

This course provides you with access to the online practice exam once you complete, access to all relevant LEED for homes files for documentation, Green Rater client contract draft, free access to an all-day LEED for Homes workshop recorded training, and the opportunity to get optional mentorship from a GHI Green Rater Team Member.


This training is intended for professionals with a minimum of three years’ experience in the residential construction industry and basic residential green building knowledge who are interested in providing verification services on LEED for Homes projects. Those with a background in on-site verification and/or energy rating are particularly qualified along with HERS, ASHRAE or BPI professionals.

This is also a great session for those managing a LEED project and what to know what the green raters will be looking for so that you make the project go smoother.

Continuing Education –  14 Hours (includes modules) 

  • GBCI / LEED AP Homes – 10.5 hours only
  • BPI:  8.5 CEUs
  • AIA/HSW*
  • NARI Green
  • Certified GreenHome Professional
  • AIBD*
    *May be applicable to your local state-based design or contractor license

Starting rate if $500.00 for GHI members – Become a member to get your discount code
$600.00 for nonmembers – Register here for the class now.

Bonuses! – Looking to become a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Verifier? This is 1 pathway to get qualified for that credential.

All trained LEED green raters are qualified to be GreenStar Homes Certification Assessors and DOE Home Energy Score Assessors.


Brett Little – Program Manager – LEED – AP Homes / Assistant Quality Control / Green Rater / Faculty 

Brett has served at GHI since 2011 and since then has helped oversee the LEED for Homes program ensuring certification over nearly 10,000 units across 100’s of projects. Brett helps to instructor moderate education sessions that are both online and in-person, oftentimes conducting more than 50 per year. He serves as a LEED for Homes Green Rater on small, affordable housing projects in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Additionally, he helps administer Enterprise Green Communities on Low-income Housing Projects across the midwest region. 

Brett has his Bachelors’s Degree from Aquinas College in the Sustainable Business program and previously served as a USGBC West MI board member (6 years). Brett lives in West Michigan with his wife and 2 young children – in a home that’s seeking zero energy certification.

Starting rate if $500.00 for GHI members – Become a member to get your discount code
$600.00 for nonmembers – Register here for the class now.



Q. Are there any required live sessions during this course period? 

A. Yes, there are 3 1 hour sessions that we will schedule with you and the group as we get closer to the class time.

Q. What if I miss 1 or more sessions 

A. Sessions are open to complete under a 2-week span. There will be a formal daily goal of completing homework milestones and group comments on LEED credits but if you miss a day you still have the full 2 weeks to complete these goals. All videos will be recorded to watch anytime.

Q. If I take the personal training when do I schedule it?

A. We will work together to find a time that meets both or schedules right away.

Q. Does this course cover the new LEED version 4 or 4.1

A. We will cover the only v4 with references to the new v4.1 for single-family and townhomes and v4.1 for non US multifamily.

Q. What experience/education do I need to be a LEED green rater

A. See here but please do not fill this out until you complete the course! 

Q. Do I qualify for a 5% Discount on the course? 

A. Maybe, many affiliate partners have a code for you, your LEED for Homes Provider has a coupon code for you to use, please ask them. Also, if you are a HERS rater, you can contact your HERS provider for the code as well.  Check with your local chapter of USGBC, AIA, NARI, HBA, AIBD as well as they may have a code for you!

Q. Will you cover the new Energy Star Multifamily New Construction program? 

A. Yes, briefly but it will not be on the exam!

Q. Do I need to be a LEED AP first? What happens if my testing center is closed? 

A. No, you can take our course before you are an AP.  Prometric has moved all their testing online too so now you can take your exam from home. GHI will be providing additional LEED Green Associate and LEED AP Homes resources, training, and support. By registering for this course you get $50 off our virtual Green Associate Exam Prep Training as well and free access to our LEED for Homes Training.

Q. How long do I have to take the online green rater quiz after this course? 

A. 6 months

Q. I am not proficient at English, can someone come in to help translate for me at no extra cost? 

A. Yes. If you need a translator, they can get in for free as long as they know they are not going to get the credential as well.

Q. What is this course rated? What are others saying about this course? 

  A. This course is rated 4.6 out of 5 and here are the course survey results 

Q. Can I pay by check?

A. Yes, we will send you an invoice but we are requesting it be a bank to bank payment ( we can show you how) to avoid physical mail during the outbreak

Q. I can’t make this event but will there be more? 

  A. Yes. Email brett.Little@greenhomeinstitute.org to get on a waitlist

There is a 20 attendee limit on Pathway 1 

Starting rate if $500.00 for GHI members – Become a member to get your discount code
$600.00 for nonmembers – Register here for the class now.