A certification system must be built on transparency and excellence with regards to the definition of competency standards and assessment procedures. Practically applying and reviewing the criteria of Climate-KIC Certified Professional in the pilot phase will allow to validate the competency framework and the assessment methods developed. The pilot builds on the insights gained from the internal test phase conducted in late 2015 and represents a vital step in preparing the certification for the market.

Based on the feedback received from 75 international candidates who participated in the test phase, the team of Certified Professional has further advanced the certification offer. These improvements have been put to the test in a public pilot phase. Participants seized the opportunity of contributing to a standard that has the potential of reforming the European job market.