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What is the LonMark Certified Professional Program?
This program has been created to establish a core competency and proficiency standard for industry professionals. It was developed in response to the industry requests for more highly qualified individuals and a need for a method to establish valid credentials.
Why is LonMark offering this program?
LonMark International (LMI) has been involved in product standards creation and certification since its inception in 1994. This program is a natural extension of requests coming from many industry supporters for a set of standards for personnel involved in the LONWORKS® controls-networking industry. There are many companies claiming to be experts in LONWORKS® systems but until this program, there was no practical way of establishing proficiency. This certification program helps to create a competent, qualified team of professionals worldwide with the same standards of excellence.
Who should take the test and become certified?
Any industry professional involved in the design, specification, integration, or installation of LONWORKS® control networks (the ISO/IEC 14908-series of standards).
Where can I take the test?
The test is offered online, anywhere at anytime.
What study materials are available?
The LonWorks® Installation Handbook is
the primary study book recommended for the LonMark
Certified Professional Exam. It is currently
in English and in German. It can be purchased
in English from this link: https://secure.mybookorders.com/Orderpage/255 Contact
LonMark International for German, Spanish, and
Japanese versions of the handbook. Additional
study materials are available on the LonMark
International web site. See
the Resources link
for recommended material.
What is the cost for taking the test?
The cost is USD 375 per person.
How do I register for the test?
Test candidates can send an email to email@example.com
requesting registration to the training and testing
platform. You will receive an email with your
login ID and Password to the www.lonmark.net
platform. There you can register and pay for
the training and the test using PayPal.
What is the test format?
The test is given online consisting of
120 questions. Each
question is given along with four possible correct
answers. One of the answers is correct;
the other three are incorrect. The examinee
must select the correct answer. You must
get 80 questions correct to pass the test. The
exam must be completed in less than 2 hours.
What are my options if I fail the test the first time?
An examinee may take the exam a maximum of 3
The fee for re-taking the test is USD $250.
Please note that you must contact
LonMark prior to registering in order to
obtain the re-take registration link.
What are the requirements and procedures?
You must have a computer with a current web
browser and a stable internet connection. Once
you are registered
will be sent a link by email to access the testing
How can I prepare for the Certified Professional Exam?
LonMark offers several ways to prepare for the
exam. You can take the online refresher training
course or arrange for an on-site training
course with testing. On-site training and testing
requires a minimum of six students. Another valuable
tool for exam preparation is the LonWorks® Installation
My organization currently offers training on LON. Can I become
a training and testing partner and offer the test
as part of my curriculum?
Yes. Any organization that is teaching
LON fundamentals can apply to become a training
and testing partner and are encouraged to do
Are the tests offered in multiple languages?
Yes. The online site can support many
languages. Currently the test is available in English,
German, and Spanish. Other languages, including
Japanese and Polish will be available soon. Contact
LMI for more details.
What are the differences between the different certifications being offered?
The first level test is for a LonMark Certified Professional. This is the designation that applies to individuals taking the professional test. It provides a person with the credentials associated with comprehensive LonWorks knowledge. This applies to network integrators such as HVAC, lighting, security, building-automation and -controls engineers, consulting engineers, specifiers, and facility managers.
The LonMark Certified Professional exam is the first to be offered. It is a comprehensive exam covering 12 distinct subject areas or “domains”:
- LonWorks history and terminology basics
- Transport media
- Physical network structuring
- Logical network structuring
- Network configuration
- Tools for network management
- LonWorks and IP
- User interfaces
The LonMark Certified Installer is the second individual/person exam planned. This designation will be used for an installer or technician level certification. It will provide a person with the credentials associated with basic installation of a LonWorks network including basic terminology, wiring requirements, termination, router installation, network topology, and simple network diagnostics. It does not include the need for knowledge of system architecture, network design, system engineering, commissioning, advanced system diagnostics, or HMI integration. This would apply to technicians, electricians, and facility operations personnel. This credential is not yet available. We
encourage interested parties to consider the
LonMark Certified Professional exam at this time.
LonMark Certified Systems
Integrator – this
designation is for companies (not individuals/persons)
that have on-staff a required minimum number
of LonMark Certified Professionals and have completed
real-world installations. Full details can be obtained
Will there be practice exams available online?
At this time there is no practice exam.
How will I be notified if I have passed/failed the exam?
At the completion of the test you will be immediately
notified of your score. No waiting! A passing
score is 80 questions correct out of 120.
When I pass the exam, what credentials will be issued?
Each passing examinee will receive a certificate
via email which you can print and is suitable
for framing along with a letter designating your
credential. Please allow approximately one week
Is there a registry of LonMark Certified Professionals?
Yes. LonMark publishes all
certified professionals. New LCPs will be posted
within 14 busienss days (typically). It is your
responsibility to ensure the information is correct
and up to date. Please contact LonMark for any
changes to your listing.
How long do my qualifications last?
LonMark Certified Professional qualifications
are valid for life. No recertification is required.
How is LonMark publicizing this certification program?
LMI is presenting this program to the various
trade publications, industry associations, and
through advertising. The LCP requirement
is also included in specification standards for
professional qualifications. The end user and
consulting community are encouraged to include
the LCP credential in specifications calling
for only trained and certified LON professionals
to bid on their projects.
How were the test questions created?
Volunteer experts from around the world were invited to participate in the exam creation. A core group of highly qualified industry experts have worked to ensure that all material is accurate and up to date. No one individual outside of LonMark staff has seen or reviewed all of the questions. The questions were created based upon industry available material posted on the LonMark web site, links to other material, and published in the LonWorks Installation Handbook.
Who should I contact to volunteer to do revisions?
“I was not invited to participate in the initial expert panel, but I would like to volunteer for the ongoing certification support.”
We are continually updating the exams with the latest industry advancements. Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis. If you feel you are qualified and would like to support this effort, please contact LMI directly. We welcome your participation.
I’m a consulting engineer responsible for writing open systems control specifications. How will this program help me to ensure the systems that are installed will meet my specifications?
This program along with the LonMark product
guidelines together from the standards of quality
in the industry. Open LON® control
systems can be arbitrarily simple or complex
depending upon the applications and system requirements. Specifying
LonMark Certified products and LonMark Certified
personnel to design and install them will ensure
you get the best possible system and the most
highly qualified people working on the project. Consulting
engineers are also highly encouraged to get trained
and certified in the program to ensure you are
up to date on the latest “best practices” available. It
is LMI’s commitment to continuously improve the
standards and provide up-to-date knowledge and
education programs for the industry. If
you would like to learn more about these programs,
please contact us.