Information for Trainers

If you or your organization are looking to provide a training or educational activity in which participants want to receive CESP credit, this article outlines the requirements for getting trainings approved for CESPs.


The ESPCC (Certification Council) has a a pre-approval review process for those trainers wanting to ensure their opportunities meet CESP Continuing Education (CE) Guidelines.

Visit the APSE webpage with details about the pre-approval process.

Access the application at APSE Apply by clicking here.

Here's a document outlining all requirements for the recertification process by continuing education credits. Click here to view and download.


Follow the steps below to best ensure the activity will be accepted for credit.

1. Ensure the activity type is one approved by the ESPCC for credit. See more: 

Please see the linked document above for more guidance about what is specifically needed for each type of activity.

2. Align the content with the CESP™ domains and content outline.

All activities must be aligned with the CESP™ Content Outline (available in linked document above). 

All activities must relate to community-based employment supports and be able to be matched to one or more content areas. This means every CE must clearly relate to employment-based supports and we do not accept general disability training credit. 

Please note: General disability-related training does not count toward recertification (i.e. Mental Health First Aid, non-employment disability specific training). CPR, first aid, and other similar courses are often mandated by state agencies or ESP employers; however, these courses are not accepted for continuing education credit. 

3. Provide documentation to attendees that meet the requirements 

Often, just a certificate of attendance will suffice, or a "check-in" sheet if the training is provided at your organization where people sign in as attended. It should track attendance rather than simply registration. 

We are also happy to assist in reviewing a certificate or documentation before the event and provide feedback for your consideration before giving to attendees. Please email using the contact information above.

A sample of a certificate that may be given to individuals that provides the required information is available here to download and edit. Click to download the Continuing Education Certificate Template.

Generally, certificates should make sure to include:

  • Name and date of the training
  • A brief description of the Continuing Education, including how it relates to CESP
  • The learner's name
  • Number of learning hours

Can we put "CESP approved credits" on our marketing materials? Preapproval is not required, but that if a trainer does not go through it you can't market your training as pre-approved.

If you go through the application process for preapproval and are approved, then absolutely yes include that on the marketing!

However, we know your attendees will want to know if the training will count. You may state that the activity aligns with the CESP Content Outline and documentation of attendance will be provided.

Sample language: "While this training is not pre-approved for CESP Continuing Education (CE) credit, it aligns with CESP content, and documentation of attendance will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to submit this for credit for CESP recertification."

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