How do I request an accommodation for the exam?

The ESPCC offers a wide variety of accommodations to those individuals with a documented disability.

All applicants requesting test accommodations must review the information below, complete the Accommodation Form while submitting your CESP eligibility application, and upload the required supporting documentation when submitting their application online. Requests for test accommodations are reviewed by ESPCC on a case-by-case basis without penalty. 

All accommodation requests require Professional Documentation from a qualified professional verifying your functional impairment. This documentation must also include diagnosis and the qualified professional’s recommendation for accommodation. 

Examples of types of documentation include:

  • Recommendations of qualified professionals;
  • Proof of past testing accommodations;
  • Observations by educators;
  • Results of psycho-educational or other professional evaluations;
  • An applicant’s history of diagnosis; and
  • An applicant’s statement of his or her history regarding testing accommodations.

Please upload this form to this online application. If unable to upload documentation, please email us at cesp@apse.org for assistance.

This form is required to be submitted before the application window is closed. Failure to do so will result in your accommodation being denied.

Requests for accommodations will be reviewed by the certification program staff member who will communicate approved accommodations to the testing company. The testing company will be responsible for providing accommodations at the designated test site with all agreed upon provisions provided upon the individual’s official check in at the testing center.

Non-Discrimination Policy for Individuals with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and other applicable laws in the United States, the ESPCC does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in providing access to its examination program. The ESPCC provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities who request and demonstrate the need for accommodation. The ADA and accompanying regulations define a person with a disability as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The purpose of documentation is to validate the applicant is covered under the ADA and applicable laws. Comprehensive information by a qualified professional is necessary to allow the ESPCC requires documentation to validate the type and severity of a disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its examinations. Documentation also allows the ESPCC provide appropriate accommodations for such a disability in order to provide equal access to exam functions for all examinees. No applicant shall be offered an accommodation that would compromise the CESP™ examination’s ability to test accurately the skills and knowledge it purports to measure. Similar, no auxiliary aid or service will be provided that will fundamentally alter the examination. 

The ESPCC will provide reasonable accommodations for test candidates with disabilities that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ESPCC reserves the right to review any request for accommodations and have requests considered by its own experts to ensure an appropriate level of accommodations and protect the integrity of the examination and certification.

Available Accommodations:

The CESP™ certification examination has been validated in a multiple-choice format; therefore, the exam can only be provided in this format. However, various accommodations may be provided by the ESPCC to afford access to the exam for individuals with disabilities who qualify for accommodations. 

Some available accommodations include:

  • Adjustable Height Table
  • Anti-Glare Screen (attaches to monitor to reduce glare)
  • Double Time
  • Drink (An applicant provided drink required during testing due to a medical condition or disability)
  • Enlarged Font (A computer screen reader program that allows blind and users with significant difficulty seeing to read the screen with a test-to-speech output)
  • Job Access with Speech (JAWS) - limited to certain testing centers
  • Seating or other physical accommodation
  • Reader
  • Reverse Contrast (Black background with white text)
  • Screen Magnifier (Attaches to monitor and enlarges screen)
  • Scribe (An individual to operate mouse and/or keyboard for the applicant)
  • Separate Room
  • Sign Language Interpreter (A sign language interpreter to facilitate communication between individuals who are deaf or have significant difficulty hearing and testing center staff. ESPCC does not allow sign language interpreters to translate the exam.)
  • Time and One Half
  • Touch Pad Mouse 
  • Track Ball Mouse

Individuals may request accommodations beyond those shown on the form by selecting “Other” on the Test Accommodations Request Form, noting the accommodation(s) requested. This selection should also be used to indicate a need for an applicant-supplied accommodation such as a need to bring assistive devices (medical or non-medical) into the testing room.  Documentation from a qualified professional is required to support such requests.

All approved accommodations, including readers and sign language interpreters but excepting any applicant-supplied accommodation, will be arranged by ESPCC's testing vendor, and will be available at the testing center at the time of the applicant's scheduled appointment.

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and who require assistance in communicating with test center personnel via sign language, must request a sign language interpreter to facilitate communication at the test center. However, the ESPCC does not allow sign language interpreters to translate the examination.

Accommodation Appeal:

Applicants with accommodation requests who are notified that that their accommodation is not granted may appeal this decision by sending a written notice of the appeal to the Certification Director within 30 days of receipt of the adverse eligibility decision. The Director will forward the notice to the Certification Council for review.

The Certification Council will review the applicant’s information and will make a final decision regarding accommodation. No new or additional information may be submitted with the appeal request. The appeal will be reviewed within 45 days of receipt. Written notice of the final decision will be sent to the applicant within 30 days of the review.

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