SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
18 February 2016
Volume 17 Issue 2

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Certification Track Options: Course Training or Direct Experience

Karel De Schamphelaere, Ghent University, Chair of the SETAC Europe CRA Registration Committee

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The SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors (CRA) offers two options for obtaining certification.  For early career professionals, there is an education and expertise pathway designed to provide the knowledge necessary to attain CRA certification. For those more seasoned in their careers and who have extensive on-the-job experience in environmental risk assessment (ERA), there is a direct registration option provided the applicant meets the CRA requirements. The CRA program is an initiative of SETAC Europe. 

Training available to obtain CRA certification

The 3-step CRA program offers a requisite range of courses for students and professionals to obtain the level of education and expertise to become a SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor. The CRA examination and certification panels evaluate and determine candidate certification. Candidates evaluated to have obtained the knowledge and demonstrated expertise are recognized as SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor (CRA) and listed in the CRA Register.

The CRA collaborates with universities and other organizers in Europe to offer post-graduate course work. Course organizers are invited or can apply to have a course included in the CRA program. The CRA registration committee decides on the admission of courses in the CRA program. 

Direct registration for experienced environmental risk assessors

Environmental risk assessors with more than 10 years of on-the-job experience can apply for direct registration as a SETAC Europe Certified Environmental Risk Assessor without the need to undergo a preliminary panel exam. The program was established in 2014 to provide an internationally recognized standard for environmental risk assessors.

For direct registration, applicants must:

  1. Fulfill all required ERA competences and skills as described in the annexes of the CRA program guidance document
  2. Demonstrate commitment to continued education and training in ERA by regularly participating in activities such as specialized and professional development courses, trainings or summer schools, symposia, workshops or conferences

More information on the qualification criteria and the application procedure can be found here.

The SETAC Europe CRA program aims to harmonize and further strengthen the use of up-to-date scientific methods and principles in the ERA of chemicals and other stressors. The program aims to achieve this by offering lifelong and high-level education and training and by certifying environmental risk assessors with a competence portfolio that reflects the intrinsic multidisciplinarity of the field.
The CRA program offers many advantages for organizations or employers and for their students and employees.

For organizations or employers:

  • Certified Environmental Risk Assessors have advanced education in ERA and hands-on experience
  • The CRA program facilitates the understanding between risk assessors working in government, industry, consultancy and academia
  • The CRA degree is recognized by the major government, industry and consultancy organizations in Europe

For students and employees:

  • The CRA program offers a comprehensive training program with high quality courses
  • The CRA program provides participants the opportunity to build a strong international network 
  • CRA courses contribute to your Ph.D. education program
  • SETAC certification increases your professional profile
  • The CRA degree is recognized by the major government, industry and consultancy organizations in Europe

To learn more on how to become a CRA, please visit this link.

Dossiers for direct enrollment must be submitted to the registration committee, which will review the applications and bring them to the Certification Judgement Panel for a final decision.

Submissions received before 20 May 2016 will be processed for free.

For more information about the CRA program, visit

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