The CESP™ Certification is valid for a three-year period. All CESPs must recertify every 3 years. The recertification process provides CESPs with the opportunity to demonstrate the reinforcement, retention, and maintenance of their knowledge and skills and the retention of their knowledge of current practice.

ESPCC requires periodic recertification to promote professional development for employment services professionals and to ensure that individuals who hold the credential maintain an ongoing commitment to learning in their area(s) of practice.

Recertification is mandatory for all CESP credential holders every 3 years. If certification is not renewed it will expire on the last day of the month three years after the certification was last earned.

Credential holders are able to recertify by one of two methods:

  • Recertification by continuing education credits ensures that the individual has participated in professional development activities that are directly related to the provision of employment support services.
    • CESP™ must provide documentation for 36 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit and submit with Recertification Application
  • Recertification by examination. Since the examination is updated periodically, passing the examination prior to the grace period passing also ensures that credential holders have maintained their knowledge and skills during the time since initial certification.
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Recertification Resources

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What if it's 30 days past my expiration?

Failure to recertify by one of these two methods by the grace period end date will require candidates to apply and take the examination as any other candidate would.

Fees and When to Submit

You are eligible to submit 9 months before your expiration date up through 30 days after.

$125 Recertification Fee (includes non-refundable $40 application processing fee)

Optional Deferred Payment Option: The ESPCC recognizes that some applicants may be experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 and is allowing the option of deferred payment through December 31, 2020.

Applicants may pay defer their payment of the full $125 fee at the time of submission. The application will be reviewed upon receipt of the $40 nonrefundable processing fee.

Once approved, applicants are required to submit the additional $85 by 12/31/2020 to complete the recertification.

*Please note: Beginning April 15, 2020, the recertification review process will allow each applicant two (2) reviews of your application. If after two reviews the application does not meet the 36 CE requirements, the application will be denied. A new application would then need to be submitted.


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