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Happy National Volunteer Week! This week (April 17- 23) is devoted to recognizing and thanking volunteers across the country. We would like to send a very special thank you to our APSE and CESP Volunteers!

Read more about 2021 efforts, and hear from APSE leaders here.

We open 2022 opportunities to volunteer with the Certified Employment Support Professional™ (CESP) Credential. Applications are open April 20-May 16, 2022.

Read more and links to apply are available below. Or visit the document outlining all opportunities by clicking here.

ESPCC Member Recruitment

The Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC) was established in 2011 by the APSE Board of Directors to establish and implement policies and procedures for the CESP certification program and to oversee the development of the CESP examination. The ESPCC is responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of the certification program.

To apply for the ESPCC, please click the link below. More details are available in this post and the application. The form will ask you to provide:

  • An updated resume
  • A reference letter from another experience in which you served in a leadership role
  • Brief answers to 3 open-ended questions

Want to item write for the CESP?

Training includes a 1-hour virtual meeting with APSE


  • Write 10-15 CESP questions, including resources linked to each
  • Review 10-15 CESP questions to provide comments 


  • CESP in good standing (preferred)
  • Self-managed, able to meet deadlines

Continued Education Credits: 1 credit per approved question and to be determined for reviewing

Want to be on the CESP Quality Assurance Committee?

The expectation of serving for 1 year at a time

  • Monthly 1-hour meeting via computer/telephone
  • Review of exam applications in audit, every other week usually 1-2 applications
  • Review security incidents as needed and eligibility appeals
  • Attend and participate in QA Monthly Question and Answer session for potential new CESPs

CESP ESPCC Member Recruitment

Nominees will be told the outcome of the decision on May 27, 2022.
Term: June 2022-June 2025

THREE positions are open!
- 1 At-Large Council Member
- 2 Public MembersCESP Square image with a green circle and checkmark.

The ESPCC and Nominating Committee will seek a diverse, qualified group of Council members and will consider relevant factors that may include, but are not limited to, each candidate’s geographic location, area of practice, educational background, and employment experience.

Please note that you are required to fill out the conflict of interest form and confidentiality form for all roles. If you are involved in any examination development, you must attest that you are not creating or providing training specific to prepare test takers for the CESP™ examination.

For additional questions, please email

Public Member Description

The ESPCC Public Member is appointed to represent the direct and indirect users of CESP™ credential holders’ services and to effectively advocate for their interests. The Public Member has the same privileges and authority and is expected to perform the same duties as those of all other voting ESPCC members.

The Public Member will meet the criteria established in the current National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs (2016).

"A public or consumer member’s role is to bring a perspective to the decision-making of the certification program that is broader than the certificants’ and to help balance the certification program’s role in protecting the public while advancing the interests of the certificants. Effective public or consumer members also represent the public’s, consumer’s, or user’s perspective and interest; bring new ideas and goals to the certification board to ensure the public interest is valued; contribute an unbiased perspective; encourage consumer-oriented positions; and bring additional public accountability and responsiveness. The public member’s regular involvement in board actions and decisions should be documented." (Institute for Credentialing Excellence, 2016).

Criteria for a Public Member
• Stated commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce
• Ability to communicate effectively with members of the Council and the public
• Demonstrated commitment to dedicate the time necessary to fully participate in all Council activities
• Willingness to learn about the credential and champion the interests of the public

Examples of categories of individuals who may meet Public Member criteria:
• Employers who have hired people with disabilities using the support of employment support professionals
• Advocates who experience disabilities, or their families, who may or may not have used the services of a CESP to support employment

• Should not be a CESP or have worked in the field of employment supports
• Registered lobbyist for a provider or organization representing the interests of employment support providers

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