There are a number of Roles that are listed as objectives of the ICCAA in its constitution. Of these, at a recent meeting of its “Think Tank’ members, the following roles/ products/services were seen to be the first that the ICCAA should focus on:


Credentialing  Role:

To certify members (based on their education, training and experience) as Certified Carbon Analysts and Auditors. This certification will be the principle ‘product’ of the ICCAA.An Individual successfully completing the ICCAA’s certification program will be credentialed as a Certified Carbon Analyst and Auditor, and be entitled to use the post-nominals, CCAA.[1]


Flash! With the constant changes being proposed with regards climate change and carbon emissions management regulation in Australia; the credentialing of certified carbon analysts and auditors  (CCAA) has been temporarily suspended. There will be no new CCAAs admited until further notice. 


Professional Ethics Role

To ensure that the CCAAs perform to the highest professional standards. This is an integral component of a professional body, and one much needed in the current environment of carbon trading and assurance activities.


Research Role:

To undertake research into Kyoto and other protocols and the developments in the general area of climate change and emissions trading.


Curriculum Development Role:

To develop a curriculum (at the Registered, Associate and Certified level) for the education and training of individuals with an interest in the carbon area as well as those who wish to be certified as Carbon Analysts and Auditors. Applicants must meet certain requirements before they qualify for registration as a greenhouse and energy auditor. The minimum requirements for the Certification curriculum would be as outlined in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008(the Regulations) and the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Auditor Registration) Instrument 2010


The curriculum will be developed by ICCAA, and  it will accredit those universities and other educational institutions that follow the curriculum developed by the ICCAA.[2]


Certification of Designated Operational Entities (DOE) Role:

To working with Australia’s Designated National Authority (DNA) for CDM and JI (i.e. the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) to train and certify UNFCCC-approved auditors who validate and verify CDM projects. Currently Australia has none. See Research Section for more details.


Education and Training Role:

To undertake the teaching and examination of the ICCAA curriculum. In addition to accrediting universities and other higher education providers, the Institute can conduct its own teaching programs in face-to-face and external/online delivery modes. These can be marketed internationally via the founder member ICMA’s international networks.


Flash! With the constant changes being proposed with regards climate change and carbon emissions management regulation in Australia; the education and training program to certify carbon analysts and auditors has been temporarily suspended. There will be no new intakes to these programs until further notice. 


Knowledge Dissemination Role

To develop a knowledge base in terms of regulatory (lagging indicators) and strategic cost management issues (leading indicators) that will emerge from a cap and trade system. The ICCAA will develop a web-site to keep stakeholders informed of the latest developments worldwide in terms of carbon analysis and auditing.


Other Roles in the ICCAA Constitution, but determined by the Think-Tank as not requiring immediate focus:


Assurance Role

To provide assurance as to the measurements of carbon credits sold via cap-and-trade systems on Carbon Exchanges.


Regulatory Role

To develop a regulatory framework for carbon credit reporting and auditing


Standard Setting Role

To develop universally accepted standards for measurement of both lagging and leading indicators.


Industry Watchdog Role

To ensure that the Carbon Analysis and Auditing industry is self-managed, and ensure that its interests are being safeguarded.



[1]This will be a professional qualification similar to that of a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).


[2]This is once again similar to the ‘accreditation of universities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) and CPA Australia, of graduates meeting the educational requirements of professional accountants.