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Mandatory competencies

In the table below are the 11 mandatory competencies Affiliate members will need to evidence to become a Certified Carbon Professional.

A: Application of knowledge and understanding what is relevant to reducing carbon emissions

A1 Have underpinning knowledge and understanding of climate change and other information required reducing carbon emissions.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Critically analyse, interpret and evaluate complex information to determine courses of action.
  • Understand the wider context in which the area of study or work is being undertaken. 
  • Reformulate and use practical, conceptual or technological understanding to develop ways forward in complex situations.

A2  Apply knowledge and principles in pursuit of reducing carbon emissions.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Conceptualise   and   address   problematic   situations   that   involve   many interacting factors.
  • Determine and use appropriate methodologies and approaches.
  • Critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short and long-term implications.
  • Actively learn from results to improve future solutions and approaches, and build best practice.
  • Negotiate the necessary contractual and agreed arrangements with other stakeholders.

A3  Analyse and evaluate problems from a climate change perspective, develop practical solutions and anticipate trends.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Analyse and evaluate problems, some complex, working sometimes with incomplete data.
  • Demonstrate   self-direction   and   originality   in   tackling   and   addressing problems.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and anticipate the impact of future trends.
  • Critically analyse and embrace new information and seek new knowledge, skills and competences based on the most recent scientific, social, economic, cultural and technical developments and understanding. 

B:  Being a leader in reducing carbon emissions

B1  Influence    others    to    promote    behavioural    and    cultural    change    to secure reductions in carbon emissions beyond legislative compliance.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Develop best practice by actively learning from results to improve future solutions and approaches.
  • Help, mentor and support others to understand the wider picture.
  • Encourage others to actively contribute.

B2  Promote a strategic approach to reducing carbon emissions

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in developing strategies.
  • Actively   collaborate   and   engage   with   other   disciplines   and   stakeholders   and encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches.
  • Identify constraints and exploit opportunities for the development and transfer of appropriate technology.
  • Identify areas of uncertainty and risk including health and safety, environmental, technical, business and reputational.

B3  Demonstrate leadership and management skills.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Exercise   broad   autonomy   and   judgement.
  • Motivate and influence others to agree and deliver objectives.
  • Identify   individual   needs, plan for   their development, assess   individual performance and provide feedback.
  • Reflect on outcomes, identify and pursue improvements on previous practice.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and solutions.
  • Manage budgets and resources effectively.

C: Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills

C1  Ability to communicate the case for reducing carbon emissions confidently, clearly, autonomously and competently (either as a leader or group member).

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Be able to produce a variety of documents/communications including letters, reports and spread sheets and deliver presentations to a wide spectrum of audiences.
  • Lead and sustain debates.
  • Contribute to and chair meetings and discussions.
  • Identify, engage with and respond to a range of stakeholders.
  • Understand the motives and attitudes of others and be aware of different roles.
  • Influence decision-making.
  • Seek the opinions and contributions of others
  • Promote development opportunities and activities.
  • Champion group decisions and manage conflict for the achievement of common goals and objectives.

D:   Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the aim of reducing carbon emissions

D1  Encourage others to promote and advance the aim of reducing carbon emissions by understanding their responsibility and how they could improve.

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Show how good practice and quality standards operate in your field of expertise.
  • Inform and encourage others to consider the issues and the consequence of their decisions and actions.

D2  Take responsibility for personal development and work towards and secure change and improvements for a low carbon future. This normally includes the ability to:

  • Recognise the value of CPD to the profession.
  • Have a strong desire to learn.
  • Value and actively pursue personal professional development.

D3   Demonstrate an understanding of ethical dilemmas

This normally includes the ability to:

  • Understand the nature of professional responsibility.
  • Identify the ethical elements in decisions.
  • Address and resolve problems arising from questionable practice.

D4  Comply with relevant codes of conduct and practice

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