2. Sustainability (CSWA–Sustainability)

Sustainability (CSWA–Sustainability)

Sustainability (CSWA–Sustainability)

Employers can be confident that an individual with this certification understands the principles of environmental assessment and sustainable design.

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Recommended Self-paced Training

Thoroughly review the Sustainable Design Guide.

Exam Length

60 minutes

Minimum Passing grade


About the Exam

All candidates receive electronic certificates and personal listing on the CSWA directory* when they pass.

The CSWA-Sustainability Exam features theory-based questions in many of these areas::

  • Introductory concepts of sustainability and sustainable business
  • Broad sustainable design concepts, such as Design for Disassembly (DfD), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), and Biomimicry
  • The stages of a product life cycle
  • Considerations for properly setting up an Environmental Assessment study, such as environmental indicators, scope of the assessment, and metrics to use
  • Goal and Scope variables for an Environmental Assessment study, such as system boundary and functional unit
  • Common tools for performing Environmental Assessments, such as Product Scorecards and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Basic steps for performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study
  • Interpreting the results of a product Environmental Assessment
  • Universal strategies for sustainable design
  • Proper communication of environmental assessment results and use of environmental marketing claims (green marketing)

Re-test Policy

There is a minimum 14 day waiting period between every attempt of the CSWA-Sustainability exam. Also, a CSWA-Sustainability exam credit must be purchased for each exam attempt.

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