Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP)

Advance your career as an LCACP. LCACP 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 below
  2. Submit application with proof of prerequisites met and pay the application fee
  3. Once prerequisites have been approved, pay the exam fee (discounts for ACLCA Members!)
  4. Reserve exam date and time (Proctored LCACP exam is available online)

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

  • The LCACP exam can be taken anywhere in the world at your convenience.


Prerequisites may be met by any one of the following:

  1. A degree in LCA at the undergraduate or graduate level (submit a copy of the diploma)
  2. A degree in environmental science or environmental engineering (submit a copy of the diploma), plus
    submitting proof of an LCA internship or externship (at least 3 months, shown by a letter from
    employer) or participation in doing an LCA (LCA study submitted)
  3. LCA skills gained through experience: submit an LCA that is either critically reviewed or published in
    a peer-reviewed journal (study submitted: applicant must be one of the listed authors)
  4. College-level LCA class work, plus classes in which one has taken the following coursework or
    classes containing the essential skills of the class work:

    • General Chemistry
    • Statistics
    • Economics
    • Systems analysis or systems dynamics
    • Environmental Toxicology
    • Plus proof of an LCA internship or externship (at least 3 months, shown
      by a letter from employer) or participation in doing an LCA (LCA study submitted).

ALL SUBMITTED MATERIALS ARE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL. Submission of all materials verifying the prerequisites must be completed no later than one month before the planned exam date and may be emailed to


The LCACP certification requires renewal at three-year intervals. During those three years, LCACPs must earn continuing education units (CEUs) in accordance with the recertification policy. There are many opportunities to receive continuing education (CE), (e.g. including LCA Courses, conferences, registered ACLCA webinars, LCA Annual Conference) all of which are outlined in the ACLCA_Recertification_Process 2020.

We have also provided below information and links to ACLCA Registered Courses and  ACLCA Webinars.


The following courses have been reviewed by ACLCA's Certification Committee and are pre-approved for LCACP CE
Impact Assessment Methods, Long Trail Sustainability (online)
Modeling Recycling in LCA, Long Trail Sustainability (online)
Interpretation, Long Trail Sustainability (online)
For information on becoming an ACLCA Registered course, click here


LCACPs must submit the form for recertification and pay the renewal fee. They must keep records for the CEUs earned for three years. Failure to recertify will cause a removal of the LCACP from the website, and the exam will have to be taken again in the event that the individual seeks to regain certification. ACLCA reserves the right to audit records for the recertification system.

Download the LCACP CEU Credits Tracking Template


Pay for the LCACP renewal


Please contact with any questions.