SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
14 April 2016
Volume 17 Issue 4

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SETAC Europe Risk Assessment Certification Program to Work with University of Koblenz-Landau

Rebecca Bundschuh, SETAC Europe Education Project Manager and Jochen Zubrod, University of Koblenz-Landau

The SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) collaborates with universities and other course organizers in Europe to offer post-graduate training. As part of the CRA, SETAC Europe launched a new collaboration with the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany. The CRA program is a new initiative for SETAC Europe and the first program of its kind in Europe. This certification provides an internationally recognized certification of environmental risk assessors. It also aims to harmonize and further strengthen the use of up-to-date scientific methods and principles in the environmental risk assessment of chemicals and other stressors. The program offers initial subject matter exposure and continuing education and training for both students and professionals.

Derivations of standard procedure to become a CRA
Derivations for the University of Koblenz-Landau’s MSc Ecotoxicology graduates of the standard procedure to become a CRA.

After an in-depth evaluation of the curriculum of the University of Koblenz-Landau’s Master of Science in Ecotoxicology program by the CRA Registration Committee, it was determined that graduates of the program fulfil all nine CRA program topics and associated competencies. Furthermore, graduates that are already in a position involving environmental risk assessment can consider this as equivalent to the required internship. Those candidates can directly enroll for the Graduate Environmental Risk Assessor (GRA) examination by submitting a brief written report about a specific risk assessment.

Successful candidates are recognized as SETAC Europe GRAs and are listed in the CRA register.

GRAs, who have received basic theoretical education and training as well as basic practical skills, can then become CRAs based on their substantial on-the-job training and further theoretical and practical specialization.

The differentiation between GRAs and CRAs will allow young professionals to acquire a formal recognition of their skills in the environmental risk assessment area and provide them with a competitive advantage on the environmental risk assessor job market during the early stages of their career (GRA), while the CRA credential will recognize qualified senior risk assessors.

Registrations received before 20 May 2016 will be processed free of charge.

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