The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential for electricians and other 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
If you have questions about this program, check out CESW at-a-glance. (PDF)
- Certification by NFPA; International recognition; CESW certificate; CESW wallet card; CESW hard hat sticker
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 2018 Edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. To locate a computer based testing center near you, visit the test center website.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING DESIGNATION AS A QUALIFIED PERSON
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.
CESW program materials
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