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DSD eList announcement

Date: Oct. 4, 2018
: Employment support professionals and other interested stakeholders
: DHS Disability Services Division
To inform employment support professionals that the CESP exam will be transitioning to computer-based testing and to provide information about requirements and registration
: Immediately
: or 301-279-0060

Certified Employment Support Professional certification exam going digital

The Certified Employment Support Professional certification exam has moved to computer-based testing. You will take all exams in person at an approved testing center.

Why get certified?

The CESP is a credentialing exam for professionals who provide employment services to people with a variety of disabilities including intellectual, mental health, autism spectrum disorders and multiple physical and sensory disabilities.

The CESP satisfies credential requirements to provide the new waivered employment services in Minnesota. 245D license-holders may demonstrate staff competency by showing that employment specialists (job coaches) hold their CESP certification.

Requirements to take the exam

Test-takers must satisfy three requirements:

  • 1. High school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • 2. One year of employment-support professional work experience, which may include up to a maximum of three months of internship or practicum time; or nine months of employment-support professional work experience with training component
  • 3. Agree to and sign the code of conduct included in the application.
  • Read more about the work experience requirements on the CESP frequently asked questions page.

    If you have questions about eligibility, email the Association of People Supporting Employment First, which administers the CESP exam.

    To apply

    The exam will be given for one week every other month. Apply for the tests below during their corresponding application windows:

    Testing window

    Application window

    Dec. 3-9, 2018

    Oct. 29-Nov. 26, 2018

    Feb. 4-10, 2019

    Dec. 31, 2018-Jan. 28, 2019

    April 1-7, 2019

    Feb. 25-March 25, 2019

    June 3-9, 2019

    April 29-May 27, 2019

    Aug. 5-11, 2019

    July 1-29, 2019

    Oct. 7-13, 2019

    Sept. 2-30, 2019

    Dec. 2-8, 2019

    Oct. 28-Nov. 25, 2019

    Apply online

    Exam locations

    Once the Association of People Supporting Employment First receives your application and verifies your eligibility, you will receive a scheduling authorization email from PSI – the third-party testing company – with information about registering for the exam at one of their exam locations. In Minnesota, there are PSI test-taking locations in the following cities: Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester, Thief River Falls, Woodbury and Edina. In addition, there are test-taking sites in Watertown and Sioux Falls, S.D.

    Exam fee

    The exam fee is $199 per test-taker

    More information

    Visit the CESP FAQ page.

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