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Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential for hands-on electrical workers to demonstrate a working knowledge of the practices and concepts found in NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. 

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 re-certification requirements (based on a points system) that must be completed within a three-year time period following the initial certification. 

The goals of this program are to:

  • 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 



  • CESW has been updated to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 70E, effective 27 September 2021.
  • The Retest fee, for those who need to take the exam again, has been reduced from $300 to $175. 
Program benefits
  • Certification by NFPA; International recognition; CESW certificate
CESW exam

The CESW certification exam is a three hour, open-book, multiple-choice exam taken at an approved, computer-based testing center. The exam is 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 110.2(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 CESW 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.


Contact CESW
NFPA Admin & Support Services
11 Tracy Drive
Avon, MA. 02322