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Life Cycle Assessment

COURSE NO: B06-005
Life Cycle Assessment
Note: New York Professional Engineers: This course does not qualify for PDH credit in New York State only. For complete information, please visit the website of the NY State Licensing Board.
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). It is designed to be an educational tool for someone who wants to learn the basics of LCA, how to conduct an LCA, or how to manage someone conducting an LCA.


As environmental awareness increases in the general public, many companies have begun to explore ways of moving beyond mere compliance with the law and instead have sought to evaluate the effects of the companies’ products and practices over their entire lifetimes. LCA is a tool designed to provide this evaluation.  LCA is a “cradle-to-grave” approach for assessing industrial systems. “Cradle-to-grave” begins with the gathering of raw materials from the earth to create the product and ends at the point when all materials are returned to the earth.


LCA evaluates all stages of a product’s life from the perspective that they are interdependent, meaning that one operation leads to the next. LCA enables the estimation of the cumulative environmental impacts resulting from all stages in the product life cycle, often including impacts not considered in more traditional analyses (e.g., raw material extraction, material transportation, ultimate product disposal, etc.). By including the impacts throughout the product life cycle, LCA provides a comprehensive view of the environmental aspects of the product or process and a more accurate picture of the true environmental trade-offs in product and process selection.


This 6 PDH online course is intended for engineers involved in determining the environmental impact of their organizations’ products and practices.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning the definition of life cycle assessment
  • Understanding the benefits of conducting an LCA
  • Knowing the limitations of conducting an LCA
  • Defining the goal and scoping it
  • Learning about life cycle inventory
  • Understanding the key steps of a life cycle inventory
  • Learning about life cycle impact assessment
  • Understanding the key steps of a life cycle impact assessment
  • Learning about life cycle interpretation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication, “Life Cycle Assessment: Principles and Practice,” EPA/600/R-06/060, May 2006.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Life Cycle Assessment (1.0 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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