Life Cycle Assessment Certified Practitioner
The practitioner certification is targeted at individuals who are actively undertaking Life Cycle Assessment studies. To check if you are qualified to apply for this certification please check the
Exam Prerequisites. If you do not qualify for the LCA Certified Practitioner certification, you may
want to look at the Certified Lifecycle Executive certification.
About the Exam
The examination is a closed book 3½ hour exam in English. There are 184 questions. For more details see FAQs. The examination is based on the Exam Criteria, which describes all the information an LCA professional is expected to know. The Certification Management System describes all the details about how the system works in conformance with ISO 17024. On completion of the exam (in Australia or New Zealand) the papers will be sent by secure channel to the relevant ACLCA examiners for assessment.
Exams will be held in locations, which are as close to and as convenient for candidates, as can be arranged, subject to them meeting the requirements laid down and the availability of qualified proctors. The procedure for holding the exam is as follows:
The candidate pays the necessary fees so that ALCAS can verify the candidate meets the prerequisite requirements for taking the exam. Please note that there are no refunds in the event that a candidate does not meet the prerequisites.
Upon approval, the candidate identifies a proctor. That person must not have a conflict of interest i.e. the person cannot be a direct employee, manager or client.
The proctor contacts ALCAS and signs a document that shows they understand their responsibilities and have no conflict of interest.
The proctor and candidate find a place to take the exam, which meets the requirements of the Certification Management System.
ACLCA sends the exam to the proctor (Proctor Procedure Form) who will sit with the candidate(s) while they take the 3½ hour exam.
The proctor returns all the exam materials to ALCAS, which will forward them to ACLCA.
ACLCA will grade the exam and send the results to the candidate(s) within two weeks.
For those with a disability, which needs to be accommodated when taking the exam, please contact ALCAS to make special arrangements.
To maintain certification LCACPs must continue to be active in the field, gathering continuing education units. The Recertification Process describes how to keep current. Recertification must be done every three (3) years to maintain certification.
There are two fees. One for application (for which Exam Prerequisites will be verified) and one to sit the exam. Candidates will need to decide which of the four prerequisite paths to follow. There is also a fee for recertification.
Application fee - AUD 247.50 incl GST (payable to ALCAS)
Exam/ certification fee - USD 295 (payable to ACLCA)
Recertification fee - USD 300 (payable to ACLCA)
Ethics and Hold Harmless Disclaimer
By agreeing to the language below and participating in this certification program you expressly and irrevocably consent to and agree with the following:
The Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and its board of directors are not affiliated with any governmental authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of Life Cycle Assessment (“LCA”). The certification purports only to certify that you have met the requirements for certification set by ALCAS. These requirements pertain to education, experience and mastery of a practice-related body of knowledge. ALCAS does not warrant or purport that you will achieve certification upon testing or that upon certification you will be competent in performing LCA services, nor is ALCAS responsible for your abilities or skills. To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither ALCAS nor its respective partners, agents, employees (paid and unpaid) and board of directors will be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of your success or failure to achieve certification nor of your use of the certification.
You also affirm that you will...
Conform to the ALCAS Code of Conduct for Life Cycle Assessment Certified Practitioners (LCACPs),
make claims regarding certification only with respect to the scope for which certification has been granted,
not use the certification in such a manner as to bring ALCAS into disrepute and not make any statement regarding the certification, which ALCAS may consider misleading or unauthorized,
not use the certificate in a misleading manner, and
discontinue the use of all claims to certification that contains any reference to ALCAS upon suspension or withdrawal of certification and return any certificates issued by ALCAS.
If any part of this disclaimer is held to be invalid, the remaining parts will continue to be valid and enforceable. ALCAS reserves the right to change examination criteria, examination methodology, or the certification mechanism at any time, without notice to candidates.
Should you have any queries with regards to becoming certified or maintaining your certification, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All LCACPs are held to the highest professional and ethical standards. Complaints about any lapses should be addressed through the Complaints Procedure.