IES Lighting Certification Study Group 2017

For those already registered to take the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) lighting certification exam, the IES is offering an LC Study Group, an online, web-based support program. Enrollment in the LC Study Group is not mandatory in order to take the NCQLP exam.

Applicants: Please provide proof of acceptance by the NCQLP and of payment to take the exam.

Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIES, LC

IES Member
: $925; Group Rate (5 or more): $850 each
Non-IES Member: $1025; Group Rate (5 or more): $950 each

The Study Group is held twice per week, 20 total classes.
Study Group Starts: August 28
Study Group Ends: November 2
NCQLP Exam Date: November 4

To inquire, contact Tom Butters, Director of IES Education at

NCQLP LC Exam Registration
Early Application Deadline: August 9, 2017
Early Application Fee: $575.00, Intern Application Fee: $100.00
Final Application Deadline: September 20, 2017 - Final Applicaiton Fee: $675.00

About the Certification Examination

Lighting is the single most important element in the visual environment. Effective lighting improves productivity and strengthens security. Lighting consumes up to 40 percent of the energy used in our buildings. A well-designed lighting system reduces energy, maintenance, and potential liability costs. Both public and private interests are served by more effective lighting and reduced operating costs. Rapid improvements in lighting systems and equipment offer potential solutions, yet they have also made lighting practice more complex.

As the lighting industry has grown, a number of efforts have been undertaken to differentiate the knowledgeable and qualified lighting practitioner. As a result, a need was recognized for an independent, industry-wide credentialing effort. Such a program addresses multiple issues that include: safety, health, productivity, energy conservation and effectiveness, environmental concerns, governmental policy, lighting technology, and competent, knowledgeable lighting practice.

The Lighting Certification Program was initiated by the lighting industry in 1991. Both lighting organizations as well as several governmental agencies whose mission encompasses lighting have been involved since the beginning. Lighting Certification is designed to set a baseline standard covering the entire scope of the vast lighting field. Utilizing the NCQLP’s testing mechanism, qualified individuals can earn their Lighting Certification designation. PSI/AMP, as NCQLP’s professional testing agency, provides the expertise of an independent testing company in the construction of a valid and reliable examination that covers the entire field. The LC Examination is also continuously reviewed by the NCQLP Examination Committee to ensure that the questions which are asked are current, comprehensive, fair and reflective of lighting applications as they are being practiced across our industry today. Read More >


Downloads and Dates

2017 Candidate Handbook >
The 2017 LC Candidate Handbook includes all application materials and detailed information about the Examination.

Online LC Examination Application >
We offer interested LC examination candidates the ability to complete the application online.

Exam Calendar
Next Examination: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Intern LC Program >
Qualified students or graduates within one year following graduation with a bachelor's degree only may take the examination as an Intern.

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