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Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)

The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential for 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 



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
  • Certification by NFPA; International recognition; CESW certificate
CESW exam

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 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 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


Contact CESW
NFPA Admin & Support Services
11 Tracy Drive
Avon, MA. 02322