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Is there training for the CESP™ examination?

The ESPCC does not recommend or endorse any programs created with the intention to aid in exam preparation, nor is there a specific training program for the CESP™ exam. The CESP™ exam tests the ability to apply the practical knowledge required to work in supported employment settings to fictional scenarios. 

Any training program that enhances knowledge and experience that can generate positive employment outcomes will be beneficial for any candidate, although not necessary.

The ESPCC knows that many people want to prepare. Therefore we provide background information, tips, and tools to help you feel confident and comfortable on exam day. 

The Council recommends you read the Candidate Handbook, which has the Content Outline and a Glossary of terms.

  • Note: It's important to be aware that the exam is written with a focus on competitive, integrated employment. Every question and answer needs to be considered within that frame. The exam tests the knowledge and skill that an employment support professional would use in their work to support community-based, integrated employment.

The CESP™ exam is a scenario-based exam based on the skills and information an employment support professional uses every day.  The test presents fictional situations similar to those typically encountered by employment specialists.  Test takers must select the most appropriate and effective strategy for the scenario.  The exam assesses the candidate’s ability to apply knowledge to context rather than their ability to memorize facts.

The exam is based on the results of a national Role Delineation Study and the resulting Content Outline. The exam includes questions from each content area in the percentage ranges noted. Candidates should carefully review the Content Outline as they prepare for the exam.

DID you know that there are now two (!!) practice tests available for purchase on the Kryterion Webassessor site??
Each 25-question practice exam is comprised of questions written and approved for the CESP Examination. These questions have not been used on the examination and are to be used as a sample examination. Resources are provided, including links and references for each question.
By taking this practice test, APSE does not endorse or imply that these preparatory materials are the best or the only means for preparing adequately for the certification examination. There is no advantage given to candidates who participate in this practice test. 
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