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Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)

Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)

The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST) was created in 2017 after discussions with electrical safety experts in a wide range of industries indicated a need for a credential that will help reduce risk to workers who are exposed to electrical hazards in the course of their job duties.


The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST) is an electrical safety credential based on the 2018 edition of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the WorkplaceDesigned 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:

  • 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, 2018 Edition
  • promote professional development
  • ensure a uniform, fair process for certification that is accessible to everyone who is eligible
Important Announcement
We are in the process of updating the program to correspond to the new 2021 edition of NFPA 70E. We expect to change the exam to a 2021 version in July. We will announce the changeover here, so as long as you see this message, the exam is still based on the 2018 Edition.  
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 2018 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 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 2018 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