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CESP: Understand the new process for computer-based testing.

The Certified Employment Support Professional certification exam will be transitioning to computer-based testing in July/August 2018. All examinations will be scheduled and taken in person at an approved testing site daily over a one-week period of time. Scheduling of the CESP™ takes place beginning five weeks prior to the chosen examination testing window and is handled by PSI, the computer testing group. At that time, approved candidates* will receive a Scheduling Authorization which will provide all scheduling links and instructions. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

The testing windows are the dates during which the exams are administered. The application deadline dates are the dates during which candidates can register for the exam.

Testing Window Application Window
August 6-12, 2018 July 2-July 30, 2018
October 1-7, 2018 August 27-September 24, 2018
December 3-9, 2018 October 29-November 26, 2018
February 4-10, 2019 December 31st, 2018-January 28th, 2019
April 1-7, 2019 February 25-March 25, 2019
June 3-9, 2019 April 29-May 27th, 2019
August 5-11, 2019 July 1-29, 2019
October 7-13, 2019 September 2-30, 2019
December 2-8, 2019 October 28-November 25, 2019

The new process includes 1. becoming eligible; 2. applying online during the application window and 3; paying the exam fee. You take the exam at your closest PSI testing center. Register after receiving your approved email. You take the exam during the testing window, which is the first full week of every other month and during your scheduled appointment at the PSI testing center. You will receive your scores immediately and get a printed score report at the testing center! The recertification process does not change. Every 3 years, recertify by either submitting continuing education credits or taking the exam.

There are several hundred PSI-managed computer-based Testing Centers in the United States. Testing Centers are open Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays. Hours and days of availability vary at each Testing Center. To identify the closest Testing Center, PSI at 800-733-9267.

A testing tutorial document can be viewed online, free of charge, and features online testing information. Please visit TESTING SOFTWARE DEMO.

Curious what the PSI experience is like?

More information will be provided during the transition via email and through the website.

*Approved candidates are those who meet the eligibility requirements, complete the candidate application, and pay the required fees by the application deadline.

Learn more on the FAQs page.

Learn more about the CESP exam here.