Training and Expertise

To ensure all Certified Environmental Risk Assessors share the same high standards and broad understanding of risk assessment principles, applicants need to acquire the knowledge and experiences expected from a certified expert in the field of environmental risk assessment.

Tick the boxes as you go. There is no set order in which the tasks are needed to be fulfilled.

Basic Knowledge

A broad basic knowledge in all 9 CRA topics must be demonstrated in the multiple-choice examination.

  1. Ecology concepts, principles and processes
  2. Concepts and principles in regulatory ecotoxicology, environmental risk assessment and relevant legislative frameworks
  3. Environmental chemistry: fate of chemicals in the environment
  4. Environmental chemistry: exposure estimation of chemicals in the environment
  5. Sub-organism level (eco)toxicology (mechanistic toxicology): molecular, cellular, biochemical and physiological effect and biomarkers
  6. Organism-level ecotoxicology
  7. Supra-oganism level ecotoxicology or “chemical stress ecology”: effects of chemicals at population-, community-, ecosystem- and landscape-level
  8. Retrospective risk assessment: chemical- and bio-monitoring of exposure and effects
  9. Statistics for environmental risk assessors

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The multiple-choice exam takes place in the margin if the SETAC Europe Annual Meeting. The multiple-choice exam can be repeated, if the candidate fails.

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Advanced Knowledge

Pick 2 out of 9 CRA topics and deepen you theoretical and practical specialisation and become an expert in those topics. This will most likely take place by a combination of steps, e.g. visit specialised courses, during job experiences, or participation at a workshop. It will be tested in the final oral CRA examination and can be the focus of the report.

Continued Professional Development

1. Specialised Training Courses

Continued training and education will ensure up-to-date knowledge with current methods in environmental risk assessment. To become a CRA the applicant needs to visit at least one specialised course or training. The followed course or several courses combined should be equivalent to at least 3 credits. The specialised courses should have a close link with current practices in risk assessment.

2. Conference Participation

Keep to-to-date with the newest developments by at least one active participation in a conference or symposia in the last 2 years.
*1 credit equals 28 hours of total study load.

On-the-Job Experience

A crucial element in the programme is the sufficient experience as an environmental risk assessor by at least 2-5 years* of on-the- job training in an environmental risk assessment job, either in an industry, a consultancy or a government context.

Through the job experiences applicants need to learn of most (if not all) aspects of environmental risk assessment.

  • Data collection (in databases, papers, study reports)
  • Data quality screening and data selection
  • Selection and use of appropriate methods and models for exposure and effect assessment
  • Performing exposure, effect and risk assessment
  • Writing a risk assessment report and presenting clear conclusions about risks (and if applicable possible mitigation measures)
  • Communicate about the risks and present a dossier

In addition, it will also further enable acquiring and/or further developing competences that go beyond “knowledge” and that are described by so-called “Dublin Descriptors”.

*No strict time period can be given as most important is that the candidate has gained sufficient experience to meet the criteria set for passing the final oral CRA examination. This may differ depending on the background and education of the candidate.