The examination is a closed book 3 ½ hour exam in English. There are 184 questions. For more details see FAQs.
The examination is based on the Criteria List 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.
All candidates must submit Exam Prerequisites for verification at least 1 month before the exam.
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 fulfils the prerequisites for taking the exam and pays the necessary fees.
- The candidate identifies someone to be the proctor – that person must not have a conflict of interest eg not a direct employee or boss.
- The proctor works with the ACLCA and signs a document that shows they understand their responsibilities and have no conflicts. This can be done by email.
- The proctor or candidate find a place to take the exam. It must meet 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 3 ½ hour exam.
- The proctor returns all the exam materials 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, please contact ALCAS.
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 years to maintain certification.
ALCAS is administering enrolment and fees for the LCANZ LCACP programme. See their website and choose ‘NZ candidate’ when organising payment. When applying please sign and return the hold harmless disclaimer.
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 225 payable to ALCAS
Exam and certification fee: USD 300 payable direct to ACLCA
Recertification fee: USD 300 payable direct to ACLCA
By agreeing to the language below and participating in this certification program you expressly and irrevocably consent to and agree with the following:.
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 LCANZ. These requirements pertain to education, experience and mastery of a practice-related body of knowledge.
LCANZ 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 LCANZ responsible for your abilities or skills. To the fullest extent permitted by law, neither LCANZ nor its respective employees (paid and unpaid), committee and association members, agents, affiliates and contractors 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 affirm that you will
- Conform to the LCANZ 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;
- Discontinue the use of all claims to certification that contains any reference to LCANZ or certification upon suspension or withdrawal of certification, and return any certificates issued by LCANZ ; and
- Not use the certificate in a misleading manner.
If any part of this disclaimer is held to be invalid, the remaining parts will continue to be valid and enforceable.
LCANZ reserves the right to change examination criteria, examination methodology, or the certification mechanism at any time, without notice to candidates.
The hold harmless disclaimer must be signed and returned with application.
All LCACPs are held to the highest professional and ethical standards. Complaints about any lapses should be addressed through the Complaints Procedure.