*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.


The CESP™ Certification is valid for a three-year period. All certificants must recertify every 3 years. The recertification process provides certificants 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 certificants 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:

  1. CESP™ certificant must provide documentation for 36 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit and submit with recertification application, or
  2. Sit for and pass the examination prior to the grace period passing (30 days after expiration).



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Recertification Resources

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Download the Requirements for Continuing Education (CE) Credits Packet -This document outlines the process for recertifying through CE credits.

Please note: Applicants for recertification that do not provide additional documentation within the timeline requested will be denied recertification through the online recertification application and refunded minus a $40.00 application processing fee.  The same refund policy is held for recertification applications that are withdrawn.



What counts as a Continuing Education activity?
How Should I Track my Continuing Education (CE) Credits?
What if my recertification expires and I want to renew it?

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. Since the examination is updated periodically, recertification by examination also ensures that certificants have maintained their knowledge and skills during the time since initial certification. (CESP Certification Handbook, Maintaining CESP Certification)

Certificants become eligible to complete their recertification application up to nine months prior to the date of expiration and through the 30-day grace period after 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.


Requirements for Continuing Education Credits


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