Credentialed certified employment support professionals, or CESP™ holders, are distinguished from their colleagues. CESP™ certification proclaims the proficiency of skills and knowledge needed to carry out the roles and responsibilities of an employment support professional. An objective third-party validates that CESP™ holders have passed a nationally accepted exam, thereby meeting or exceeding professional competency standards.
The ESPCC developed the CESP™ for employment support professionals (ESPs) who provide employment services to individuals with significant disabilities by assisting individuals to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated community workplaces.
What Training Programs Fail to Offer
APSE often receives requests for information on training and certificate options. Given that the CESP™ is a certification, it is important for Employment Professionals and Training Providers to be aware of the following.
Training programs offer a certificate of attendance or completion when an individual participates in coursework, which is different from a credential. Some training programs may require individuals to pass a content-driven exam. These exams are not based on nationally standardized competencies and are not administered by an independent professional organization. A training certificate demonstrates that at a single point in time an individual completed a course, rather than showing the person has the skills and knowledge to perform all of the requirements of a particular job.
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