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Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

The Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential that demonstrates a working knowledge of NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

By meeting the experience and training requirements and then taking and passing the CESW exam, this certification will set you apart and show the world that you uphold the highest professional standard when it comes to electrical safety practice and implementation. 

The CESW certification program consists of a set of eligibility requirements (completed prior to program application), a 100 question computer-based examination (with a retest process in the event that you do not pass the exam), and a set of recertification requirements (based on a points system) that must be completed within a three-year time period following the initial certification.

Program goals
  • Promote electrical safety in workplace environments
  • Recognize and provide evidence of competence as related to the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2015 Edition standard
  • Promote professional development
  • Ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
Program benefits
  • Certification by NFPA
  • International recognition
  • CESW certificate
  • CESW wallet card
  • CESW lapel pin
CESW exam

The CESW certification exam is a three hour maximum, open-book, 100 multiple choice question, computer-based, proctored exam taken at an approved testing center. You may only bring a printed NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2015 Edition book and an approved calculator into the testing area during the exam. No photocopied or other duplicated or electronic versions of the NFPA 70E Standard are permitted in the testing area during your exam. See the Candidate Handbook (below) for more information on registering for and taking the CESW certification exam.

To locate a computer based testing center near you, visit the test center website.

Attention CESW Candidates

Due to the imminent release of the 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, we are working to transition our exam to coincide with the new version of the standard. At this time, we expect to move to a 2018-based exam effective January 1, 2018. Therefore, the last date you will be able to schedule a 2015-based exam will be December 31, 2017. After that date, there will be no more 2015 exams, to include re-tests. Please plan accordingly.

Additionally, the 2018 version of the exam (effective January 1, 2018) will change to 110 multiple choice questions, 100 of which are scored and 10 of which are being evaluated for future use as scored items. Candidates must still complete the exam in the allotted three hours. Examinees will not know which items are scored and which are not scored, as is common practice in the testing industry. 

CESW program materials

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Contact CESW

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: +1 800 597-6481 x7509 (U.S.); +1 617 984-7509 (Outside U.S.)

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