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Life Cycle Carbon Certified Practitioner

 

The goal of this certification is:

  1. To expand the pool of suitably qualified lifecycle-based carbon footprint practitioners.

  2. To support and deliver carbon emissions reduction programs using a whole of life perspective.

  3. To improve the life cycle carbon literacy of the carbon accounting community.

  4. To educate practitioners on the broader implications of choices in assessment methods, models, and scope setting, among other areas.

There are two levels of LCCCP applicants:

 

  • Experienced applicants are those GHG accounting professionals who have at least five years of experience in GHG accounting and have experience working as lead auditor/verifier of a carbon account.

  • Practicing applicants are those GHG accounting practitioners who have at least two years of experience in GHG accounting. Successful practicing applicants are provisionally certified subject to two successful reviews of life cycle carbon studies by a certified LCCCP professional.

For both streams, applicants should please submit their details and supporting documents here. Then pay the application fee here.

Experienced Professional Candidates

Applicants applying to become LCCCP certified under the experienced category must:

  • Demonstrate GHG accounting skills gained through experience.

  • Demonstrate auditing skills gained through experience.

Evidence:

  • Submit evidence of at least five product carbon footprint (or LCA) studies that were completed by the applicant over a period of (more than) five years.

    • At least one of these studies must be either critically reviewed (applicant must be one of the listed authors in the study submitted) or published in a peer-reviewed journal that is recognised by the Australian Research Council (www.arc.gov.au).

    • Independently verified Climate Active Product & Services carbon footprints qualify under this criterion.

    • These studies must represent diversity in products, services, precincts and/or events.

  • Submit evidence of at least two GHG accounts (or LCAs) for which the applicant acted as an independent lead auditor/verifier of the carbon account.

    • The accounts should be for two different clients or entities.

    • ‘Independent’ means that the GHG account was prepared by an unrelated third-party (i.e. not from the same organization as the verifier).

    • The verification can pertain to GHG accounts for organisations, products, services, precincts and/or events.

    • Evidence can be provided by submitting the verification report (clearly stating the applicant as a lead verifier/auditor) and published GHG account.

  • Multiple publications based on the same study will be counted as one.

  • LCAs completed using streamlined LCA software (including LCA building software or other pre-verified platforms) – where the user does not have to make decisions regarding methodology (e.g. data quality, allocation, interpretation, etc.) – do not fulfil prerequisites and may not be counted toward the number of carbon footprint (or LCA) studies or audits, whether peer-reviewed or not, as they do not demonstrate sufficient understanding of all aspects of carbon accounting required for LCCCP certification. This includes pre-verified EPD tools – such as those used by the concrete and asphalt sectors in the US.

Practicing Professional Candidates

Applicants applying to become LCCCP certified under the practicing category must:

  • Demonstrate GHG accounting skills gained through experience.

  • Demonstrate auditing skills gained through experience.

Evidence:

  • Submit evidence of at least three product carbon footprint (or LCA) studies that were completed by the applicant over a period of (more than) two years.

    • These studies must represent diversity in products, services, precincts and/or events.

  • Submit evidence of at least one independent GHG account (or LCA) for which the applicant acted as an independent auditor/verifier of the carbon account.

    • ‘Independent’ means that the GHG account was prepared by an unrelated third-party (i.e. not from the same organization as the verifier).

    • The verification can pertain to GHG accounts for organisations, products, services, precincts and/or events.

  • Multiple publications based on the same study will be counted as one.

  • LCAs completed using streamlined LCA software (including LCA building software or other pre-verified platforms) – where the user does not have to make decisions regarding methodology (e.g. data quality, allocation, interpretation, etc.) – do not fulfil prerequisites and may not be counted toward the number of carbon footprint (or LCA) studies or audits, whether peer-reviewed or not, as they do not demonstrate sufficient understanding of all aspects of carbon accounting required for LCCCP certification. This includes pre-verified EPD tools – such as those used by the concrete and asphalt sectors in the US.

Fee Structure: Payable here.

 

An outline of the key competencies to be assessed by the exam is available here. You can use this to guide your preparation for the exam.

Read the full Program Framework document here.

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