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Earn the Designation of Certified Employment Support Professional™ by Passing the National CESP™ Examination

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The examination is available every other month in all 50 states through testing provider PSI.

Who should take the CESP™ exam?

Job Coaches | Job Developers | Transition Employment Specialists | Job Placement Specialists | Employment Specialists/Consultants | Employment Managers and/or Directors

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What is CESP™ Certification?

  • CESP™ certification is a national credential for Employment Support Professionals who assist people with disabilities in finding and maintaining regular, community-based employment.
  • The CESP™ credential is earned by passing a comprehensive examination based on national standardized competencies.
  • CESP™ certification is a complement to program certification and licensing, demonstrating a level of professionalism has been achieved.
  • The CESP™ certification is a national, portable, individual credential that remains valid for 3 years.

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.

Learn more about CESP™


Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) Candidate Handbook

Updated March 2020

Questions? Please email or call 301-279-0060.

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