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NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)

The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) program is designed to meet the needs of electrical and safety professionals who oversee electrical safety programs or who manage electricians and other personnel exposed to electrical hazards. It also serves as a valuable credential for trainers and instructors, as it proves competence in NFPA 70E.

What is the Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) Program?

The Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) demonstrates your fundamental understanding of the concepts and practices of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

An internationally recognized certification, the program is designed for electrical and safety professionals as well as trainers and instructors, as it verifies knowledge of and competence in the standard.

Qualifying for the Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) Exam

Because the CESCP certification is designed to be obtained by people with varied job roles/functions, individual eligibility requirements will depend on several factors that may include your educational background and work experience. Different requirements are called out for electricians, electrical engineers, and other candidates.

All Candidates

Any candidate for the CESCP certification must have the following qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent AND
  • Completed a minimum of 40 hours of electrical safety training within the last 3 years of submitting the application

Electrician Candidates

In addition to the requirements listed above for all candidates, electrician candidates must meet one of the following:

  • Licensed electrician with 8,000 hours (4 years) of variable work experience with electrical power systems OR
  • In lieu of licensure, must show proof of electrician job role and 8,000 hours (4 years) of verifiable work experience with electrical power systems

Electrical Engineer Candidates

In addition to the requirements listed above for all candidates, electrical engineer candidates must meet one of the following:

  • Associate degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university with 8,000 hrs (4 years) of verifiable field work experience with electrical power systems OR
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university with 4,000 hrs (2 years) of verifiable field work experience with electrical power systems OR
  • Licensed Registered Professional Electrical Engineer

Non-Electrician/Electrical Engineer (Other) Candidates

In addition to the requirements listed above for all candidates, non-electrician/electrical engineer candidates must meet one of the following:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with 6,000 hrs (3 years) of verifiable work experience with electrical power systems OR
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in engineering, technology, or other related technical discipline from an accredited college or university with 6,000 hrs (3 years) of verifiable work experience with electrical power systems OR
  • Facilities/Plant/Factory safety professional with 20,000 hrs (10 years) of verifiable work experience with electrical power systems

Taking the Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) Exam

Candidates will be able to take the exam after their application to NFPA has been approved and the testing fees have been paid.

The CESCP Exam is a 3-hour, 110 multiple-choice question exam. The exam is open-book so candidates can bring a copy of the 2021 NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to their exam. The exam is available in a computer-based format at test centers throughout the world.

Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) Recertification Requirements

To keep certifications active, they must recertify every 3 years. CESCP certification holders are required to demonstrate their continuing participation in professional development activities. NFPA awards points for different activities.

Certification holders are required to submit a minimum of 50 points of documented professional development for recertification. The 50 points must be submitted during the 3-year recertification cycle and must be related to the electrical safety profession.

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