The results of the 2004 National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals (NCQLP) exam have been announced. A total of 212 lighting practitioners took the test, with a pass rate of 80 percent, meaning there are now 169 new individuals with the lighting certified (LC) designation. This new group brings the total number of LCs worldwide to 1,322. Over the past three years, 35 percent of those individuals who have taken the test have identified themselves as lighting designers. The next largest group, at 18.1 percent, is comprised of electrical engineers. Thirty-four percent of exam participants site 6 to 10 years of professional work experience, and 36 percent list 11 to 20 years. Fifty-one percent hold bachelor degrees and 18 percent have advance degrees. Interestingly, while 65 percent of the exam-takers list themselves at IESNA members, only 12.3 percent list themselves at IALD members. Licensed, registered architects make up 3.3 percent of those people taking the exam.

Founded in 1991, the NCQLP is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to ôserve and protect the well-being of the public through 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.ö The 2005 test date is November 5. A downloadable candidate handbook is currently available online, and a self-study guide will be available online in April. For more information visit: