Examination Application and Scheduling

Exam Application and Notification Process

All interested certification candidates must apply with APSE during the application window. The application will include eligibility information and request payment.

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

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. You must apply for the desired testing window during the corresponding application window.

Once your application has been submitted, the review timeline is followed. See below for more information.

ActionTimelineMore information
Application SubmittedImmediately after submissionOnce you have submitted your application, you will receive an email to your professional email address listed on the application. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please let us know.
Initial Review by ESPCC for EligibilityEach application is reviewed for eligibility within 3 business days. You will receive notice of your eligibility via email within 3 business days of successful application submission.
Receive "Pending" Notice via emailFollow-up required by the application deadlinePlease visit this page for more information.
Receive "Approved" Notice via emailWithin 3 business days of submission, or additional documentation provided.If approved*, candidates will receive a scheduling email from testing vendor PSI within 3 business days of approval. This email will include all scheduling links and instructions. When registering, pick the location, day, and time most convenient for you. Available times are limited at each testing center.

If you have been approved by the ESPCC but have not received the scheduling email or if the name on the scheduling email does not exactly match the name on your government-issued identification, contact us at cesp@apse.org.

Registration for an exam session is open to all employment support professionals who meet the eligibility criteria.

Questions? Please email cesp@apse.org or call 301-279-0060.

*Approved candidates are those who meet the eligibility requirements, complete the candidate application, and pay the $199 examination fee by the application deadline.

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