Taking the CSBA Exam
If you have successfully completed the nine-month Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) program, congratulations! Your next step is to become a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) by writing the CSBA Exam.
Exam Purpose and Content
The purpose of the CSBA Exam is to substantiate knowledge and understanding of the sustainable building concepts taught in the SBA course. Graduates of the SBA course are tested on the eight (8) course units, which include:
- Fundamentals of Sustainable Building
- The Importance of Place
- Energy and Lighting
- Green Materials
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Water Conservation and Quality
- Sustainable Construction Management
- Sustainable Building Operations and Management
CSBA Exam Format
The CSBA Exam is a web-based exam. It consists of 200 true/false, multiple choice, and fill in the blank questions randomly selected from 300 items. These questions represent a cross section of topics from the eight (8) course units. Graduates are only tested on material taken directly from required readings, i.e., the SBA Student Notebook and the two required textbooks. Graduates are not tested on material introduced by guest instructors, since this information is regionally focused and varies among course providers. The CSBA Exam is a closed book test—no written materials or portable electronic devices (e.g., text books, handouts, laptops, PDAs, etc.) are allowed into the examination site.
Passing the CSBA Exam
Graduates who correctly answer 140 of the 200 questions (70%) achieve a passing score, and earn the designation of Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA). This designation is certified through the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute.
CSBA Exam Policies and Eligibility Requirements
Only graduates who have successfully completed the nine-month SBA course are eligible to take the CSBA Exam. Successful course completion includes attendance for a minimum of eight (8) of the nine (9) in-class units, satisfactory participation in class, completion of all required written assignments, and participation in the final team project presentation.