Act as a policy body relating to certification
Keep the certification current
Develop new certifications as needed
During the InLCA/LCM 2007 conference, a session was devoted to the issue of certification of LCA professionals. Rita Schenck reported on the results of the survey that ACLCA sponsored (view report). The survey showed overwhelming support for development of a certification system. The final result was the development of the LCACP Program, the first certification program for LCA professionals in the world. To maintain certification,LCACPs must continue to be active in the field, gathering continuing education units.
In the interest of assuring that the LCACP program can coordinate with planned certifications in other countries, the ISO 17024 standard "Conformity assessment- General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons" was followed.
Part of the requirements of ISO 17024 is that ACLCA cannot provide training leading to the certification. Instead ACLCA partners with other organizations to assure that their curriculum prepares professionals for the certification.