Certification Dossier

Before the final oral examination, the applicant will be asked to submit a certification dossier.

The dossier should contain following elements*:

  • An updated Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter that describes,
    • A summary of past, current and envisaged future professional activities in environmental risk assessment.
    • A statement about how the applicant envisages the aspects of his or her own commitment to continued education and training in the next five years.
    • A statement of the advanced knowledge in at least 2 out of the 9 CRA topics.
  • Proof of commitment to continued training and education:
    • Environmental risk assessment related specialised course(s) worth in total 3 credits (one course or combined) and
    • At least one environmental risk assessment-related symposia, workshop or conference.
  • Proof of having worked at least 2 to 5 years in an environmental risk assessment environment and a recommendation letter by the institution or company where the on-the-job training was performed
  • A total of three recommendation letter preferably (but nor mandatory) one from academia, one from business, and one from government, as proof of recognition by peers (preferably SETAC members).

*Deviations from the prescribed list of elements are possible but need to be explained and motivated in the motivation letter. 

Environmental Risk Assessment Report

In preparation for the final oral examination, a concise, yet critical and scientific risk assessment report must be submitted.

The report should be written as a scientific document, and include sections such as:

  • Introduction, background, scope, aims
  • Materials and methods (exposure, effects, and risk assessment)
  • Results
  • A critical discussion, including the appropriateness of methods used or guidelines followed and recommendation(s) for their improvement
  • Conclusion & recommendation
  • List of cited references

The report will not only be judged in terms of its timelines, i.e. being scientifically up-to-date with current methods in exposure, effects and risk assessment, but also in terms of the critical evaluation and discussion of these methods.

You write risk assessment reports as part of your job? Great! Use one of those as basis for the examination. They will be kept confidential. 

Final Oral Examination

The exam is comparable to a dissertation defense held at universities and consists of an oral presentation (of the written report), followed by a discussion with an Examination Panel.

The discussion will address both, the oral presentation and the contents of the written report. The total duration of the exam is between 30 and 60 minutes, of which at least two-third is devoted to discussion. The judgment will be based on the written report, the oral presentation and the discussion.

The aim of the examination is to evaluate if the applicant has the capacity to function at a high level in a future environmental risk assessment job.

Every examination will normally take place shortly before or during of the SETAC Europe annual meeting. Each year, applicants can register for the final oral examination by 31 March.

The criteria to participate in the examination include:

  • Completion of all tasks and competences, which has been approved by the Certification Programme Committee.
  • Submission of the certification dossier including recommendation letters.
  • A critical and scientific environmental risk assessment report in English (submitted with the registration or no later than 15 April).

There is some flexibility regarding the programme, and deviations from the standard procedure are possible, (i.e., holding the exam in a different period of the year, in a different location or via video conference). Any deviations should be requested from the Certification Programme Committee at least 3 months before the actual examination date.

For every applicant, a tailored Examination Panel will be assembled by the Certification Programme Committee consisting of:

  • At least three members of the Certification Programme Committee, preferably including
    • One from academia
    • One from business
    • One from government
    • The chair or his representative, acting as the chair of the examination panel
  • Up to three non-voting experts with advisory role, if the Certification Programme Committee lacks the specific expertise in the subject of the environmental risk assessment report.
  • Possibly, two non-voting members with an advisory role:
    • Mentor of the candidate
    • Employer of the candidate (or his representative)

Following a positive decision, the applicant will be informed as soon as possible and will be invited to undersign a code of conduct. Following signing the code of conduct, the applicant will be registered as “SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor” for a duration of five years and will be allowed to carry this title.

For further details about the examinations, download the CRA programme guideline or contact us.

To prepare for the final oral examination, applicants must submit a certification dossier and an environmental risk assessment report.