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Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional


The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification 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.


The CESCP certification showcases an individual’s knowledge and proficiency with the practices and concepts found in NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace

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


Watch a brief interview with CESCP certification holder, Terrance McKinch.

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; CESCP certificate; CESCP wallet card; CESCP lapel pin
CESCP exam

The CESCP certification exam is a three hour, open-book, multiple-choice exam taken at an approved, computer-based testing center. Currently, the exam is based on the 2015 Edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Due to the recent release of the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E, on March 1, 2018, we plan to move to a 2018-based exam. Therefore, the last date you will be able to schedule a 2015-based exam will be February 28, 2018. After that date, there will be no more 2015 exams, to include re-tests. Please plan accordingly. To locate a computer based testing center near you, visit the test center website.


Per NFPA 70E Section 110.2(A)(1), designation as a Qualified Person involves factors such as training on equipment and work methods that can be specific to a work site, job function, or employer. Therefore, earning the CEST credential alone does not make the certificant a Qualified Person. It is the responsibility of an employer or governmental agency having jurisdiction to outline the specific requirements necessary to become a Qualified Person for any given job or site. Employers and others may include this certification as one part of the requirements to become a Qualified Person.


CESCP program materials
Contact CESCP

NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Tel: +1 800 597-6481 x7509 (U.S.); +1 617 984-7509 (Outside U.S.)
Fax: +1 617 984-7127; E-mail:

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