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Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)

Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)

Demonstrate a basic understanding and ability to apply NFPA 70E®, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® requirements. Created to help mitigate hazards to personnel exposed to electrical risks on the job, this internationally recognized certification promotes professional development and provides evidence of competence in safeguarding work environments where electrical dangers are present. 

Designed for electrical workers, HVAC technicians, solar and wind generator installer/maintainers, facilities management and maintenance personnel, and other skilled workers who are exposed to electrical hazards, CEST highlights an individual’s knowledge of and ability to apply the information found in NFPA 70E.

The goals of this program are to:


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Program benefits
  • Recognition as proficient in NFPA 70E practices and concepts
  • Internationally recognized Certification by NFPA
  • CEST certificate
CEST exam

The CEST certification exam is a three hour, open-book, multiple-choice exam taken at an approved, computer-based testing center. The exam is currently based on the 2021 Edition of  NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the WorkplaceTo locate a computer based testing center near you, visit the test center website.


Per NFPA 70E Section 110.6, 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.

CEST materials
Reference materials

The exam is based on the 2021 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. It is the candidate’s responsibility to obtain this reference source for study purposes and to have present during the examination. It is the only reference source allowed in the examination room. If you would like to purchase this document, please go to the online catalog

Contact CEST
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