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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 through LonMark Germany (www.lonmark.de), from Engenuity Systems (www.engenuity.com), or directly from LonMark International. 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. Group
discounts are available for organizations* wishing
to certify a team of people, based on the following
- 5-9 people** —
- 10-19 people**
— 7% discount
- 20-49 people**
— 10% discount
- 50+ people**
— 15% discount
* organization must be a current LonMark Associate, Partner or Sponsor member to qualify.
** pre-paid vouchers will be issued, and must be used with 6-months of issuance.
Please see Voucher and Payment Policy- LonMark
International for more details on payment and cancellation policy.
Contact LMI for more details.
How do I register for the test?
Test candidates can register online at www.lonmark.org/testing. Examinees
must provide basic contact information. Registration
is confirmed once payment is received. The
online registration site will accept most major
credit cards. It is also possible to pay
via wire transfer by contacting LMI directly.
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. 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 and payment is processed you
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 attend a regularly scheduled 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 Handbook.
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 here: www.lonmark.org/csi
Will there be practice exams available online?
Practice exams for understanding the format
and functions of the exam tools will be available
to those that have pre-registered for the test. Please
note that this is not a practice exam for the
content of the LonMark Certification; only for
gaining a comfort-level with the exam structure
and interface. The practice exam can be
taken in the minutes before you take the LonMark
Certified Professional exam without subtracting
from the time you have to complete the LCP exam. For
a listing of study material, please visit www.lonmark.org/testing.
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!
When I pass the exam, what credentials will be issued?
Each passing examinee will receive a certificate
via email which you can print suitable for framing
along with a letter designating your credential.
Please allow approximately one week for processing.
Is there a registry of LonMark Certified Professionals?
Yes. LonMark publishes all
certified professionals. 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 end user and consulting community are encouraged to write 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 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.