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Who should be credentialed?

CESP™ credential holders raise awareness of benefits within the business community and promote social change that fosters an independent, productive lifestyle for individuals with disabilities.

Earn the Designation of Certified Employment Support Professional™ by Passing the National CESP™ Examination

ESPCC developed the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) program to set a standard of knowledge and distinguish employment support professionals who have shown they have the skill and competence to perform the requirements of the job.

Professional certification is different than a training or educational program. Training programs offer a certificate of attendance when an individual completes the coursework, but they do not give a credential. ESPCC used a nationally recognized process to define the roles and responsibilities of the employment support professional and awards a credential after the individual passes an exam to demonstrate their competence.

Potential Job Roles, Practice Settings of Typical Candidates/ Credential holders

The ESPCC developed the CESP™ for employment support professionals (ESPs) who provide employment services to individuals with significant disabilities by assisting individuals to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated community workplaces. 
The CESP credential is designed for job coaches, job developers, transition employment specialists, job placement personnel, and employment specialists/consultants who serve a wide variety of target audiences including individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders. 


Who should take the CESP™ exam?

Job Coaches | Job Developers | Transition Employment Specialists | Job Placement Specialists | Employment Specialists/Consultants | Employment Managers and/or Directors

Please see Glossary for further details about the potential job roles and practice settings of typical candidates/credential holders.        
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Questions? Please email cesp@apse.org or call 301-279-0060.

The CESP™ certification is open to all employment professionals that meet the eligibility criteria. APSE membership is not required for applicants to sit for the examination.

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