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Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers

CEPSS-HC LogoThe NFPA Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers credential was developed in response to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2016 ruling that states that 17 of the provider types must establish comprehensive emergency preparedness plans. A component of this ruling requires these facilities to evaluate their emergency and standby power systems. In light of this, NFPA has developed this certification for facility managers to be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge to keep their facility in compliance with the CMS ruling and with emergency power provisions found in the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, as well as the 2010 editions of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems.

Available training: NFPA 110 and NFPA 111 (2016) Online Training Series

Program goals
  • Recognize and provide evidence of knowledge with emergency and standby power, and stored electrical energy emergency and standby power systems specific to health care occupancies
  • Enhance professionalism within the health care facility management community
  • Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
  • Ensure proficiency in the use of NFPA codes and standards
  • Facilitate success for those seeking certification
  • Promote professional development through continuous learning
Program benefits
  • Be recognized by your colleagues as an expert
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Improve your job performance
  • Position yourself for career advancement

Certification holders also receive an NFPA certificate that highlights their accomplishment

CEPSS-HC materials

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Reference materials

The exam is based on the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, and the 2010 editions of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain these reference sources for study purposes and to have present during the examination. They are the only reference sources allowed in the examination room. If you would like to purchase these NFPA documents, please go to NFPA's online catalog.

Contact CEPSS-HC

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: +1 617 984-7509; Fax: +1 617 984-7127; email: cepss-hc@nfpa.org