Results Announced for 2005 Lighting Certification Exam

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff March 20, 2006

Some 220 lighting practitioners sat for the 2005 Lighting Certification Examination, according to Robert Cilic, LC, with OSRAM Sylvania and president of the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions , Austin, Texas.

NCQLP is a non-profit association, founded in 1991 to promote effective and efficient lighting practice. Through a peer review process, the NCQLP establishes the education, experience and examination requirements for certification in the lighting industry.

In July 2005 , we reported that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has recognized the LC certification credential and included in its Facilities Standards for Public Buildings Service: “Lighting design shall be performed or supervised by a practitioner credentialed as Lighting Certified (LC)…”

While we were unable to confirm this requirement with GSA (the agency did not respond to our attempts to contact them), we did solicit and receive opinions from the engineering community ( GSA Mandate Gets Mixed Reviews ).

As a result of the 2005 LC exam, with a pass rate of 77.5%, the roster of LCs has been increased by 171. Those who became LCs in 2005 now bring the total number of LCs to 1,444; in addition, there are 41 intern LCs.

The intern LCs aregraduate andundergraduate students in lighting who tookthe exam as participants in the NCQLP intern program. Students from an accredited college offering a minimum of 12 credit hours in lighting or lighting related courses can apply to take the LC examination as an intern. Four students from the University of Nebraska, two students at PennState and one student attending the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, sat for the exam; five of those have now earned their designation as Intern LCs.

Of those who successfully completed the 2005 examination, 27.5% identify themselves as electrical engineers and 24% as lighting designers/consultants.

Approximately 39% list experience levels at 6-10 years, with another 26.9% indicating 11-20 years of experience.

An average of 62% of the new LCs hold bachelor degrees; while 17.5% have advanced degrees.

Almost 49% identify themselves as members of the IESNA, with an average of 64.9% over eight years; 3.5% belong to the IALD, averaging 12.3%.There were 17% who are P.E.s, and 2.3% are licensed/ registered architects.