The professional society for life cycle assessment

LCA Certified Professional (LCACP)

Advance your career as a LCACPLCACP certification allows the LCA practitioner to demonstrate a level of expertise in LCA practice and a commitment to the ACLCA Code of Ethics.

Here’s how to begin the process:

  1. Review pre-requisites for LCACP Exam
  2. Submit application with proof of prerequisites met and pay application fee
  3. Once prerequisites have been approved, pay exam fee (discounts for ACLCA Members!)
  4. Find exam location


Review LCACP Exam Pre-requisites

The Exam

The LCACP exam us a closed-book 3.5 hour multiple choice exam in English.  There are 184 questions.  The examination covers: General LCA knowledge, ISO standards, LCI, LCIA, Project management, Data quality management, Post-impact calculations, LCA modeling/software, Statistics, Ethics, and Emerging issues.

Exam Locations

  • LCA XVI, Monday, 1PM - 4:30PM, September 26, 2016 in Charleston, SC .
  • The LCACP exam can also be taken anywhere in the world at your convenience.  Find out about a Proctored LCACP Exam.

Maintaining Certification

To maintain certification, LCACPs must continue to be active in the field, gathering continuing education units. The recertification process describes how to keep current.   To pay the renewal fee for you LCACP, please click here.

Certified Lifecycle Assessment Reviewer (CLAR)

CLAR certification assures commissioners of LCA studies, product category rules and environmental product declarations that the reviewers are competent to perform these reviews

All Certified Life Cycle Assessment Reviewers (CLAR) have demonstrated LCA expertise and practical competence through:

  • passing the Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP) exam
  • > 5 years’ experience in the field of LCA
  • having performed at least 5 critical reviews 

To receive CLAR Certification: 

  1. Be an LCACP in good standing.
  2. Submit documentation of your five years’ experience in the field (if your LCACP certification is at least five years old, no further documentation is needed) and document five LCA reviews you have participated in, sent electronically to It will be reviewed by the Certification Committee members.
  3. Pay the one-time fee of $400 at the ACLCA Web shop.
  4. Maintain membership of ACLCA.

Certified Lifecycle Executive (CLE)

CLE certification was developed in conformity with the ISO 17024 standard and demonstrates that the individual understands the basics of LCA, and can interpret and communicate LCA results to the general public. The CLE certification is especially useful for individuals such as architects and product specifiers, purchasing agents, environmental managers, sustainability managers, educators and individuals who hire contractors to perform LCA studies. To become a CLE

Directory of LCA Certified Professionals

You can find the directory of certified professionals here:
If someone is claiming the certification, but is not on this list, please contact ACLCA at


Maintaining Certification

To maintain certification, LCACPs must continue to be active in the field, gathering continuing education units. The recertification process describes how to keep current. Please note that there have been some changes in the document in October 2011. Make sure that you have the right version


Complaint Procedure

All LCACPs are held to the highest professional and ethical standards. Complaints about any lapses should be addressed through the complaint procedure.