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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 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
  • 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, 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 April 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 March 31, 2018. 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 April 1, 2018) will change from 100 to 110 questions. 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.


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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