To submit your eligibility application for CESP™ certification, you must submit an online verification from your current (and/or previous) employer verifying your work history as an employment support professional.
The "Employer Verification" task on the application itself (www.apse.smapply.org) requires that you enter between 1-3 individuals to provide the verification. They then will receive an email with instructions to login and the form to submit.
This must be completed by the individual(s) before the deadline, as you as the applicant have steps to take once they have completed this. You will receive an email confirming when they have completed their verification. You must submit the full application by the deadline.
This must be included as part of your application materials before you are able to submit the application.
The recommender should be able to comment on the following:
- Your job title (current or previous)
- Dates of employment
- Your primary responsibilities and how they fit into the work definition for the CESP™ and your work supports people with disabilities in finding/maintaining employment (you may submit your job description in addition to a letter to show this)
- Hour per week you spend on Employment Services work (please see definition below)
- If you have less than 1 year of work experience with this employer, please ask for additional recommendations to verify employment or have your current employer state that you were hired with previous experience as
To be considered for the certification, the ESPCC has outlined that employment verification cannot come from the individual themselves. If you are self-employed, a contractor, or in similar circumstances, the Council requests additional documentation. This can include but is not limited to, verification from funding source(s) or program(s) with whom you contract.
Work Experience Definition: A minimum of 20 hours per week of paid Employment Support Professional (ESP) related work is required. Examples of paid ESP related work are:
- Work directly related to providing and/or supporting community-based employment services.
- Employment as a direct employment service professional, provision of direct employment services as an agency/company employee, and/or managerial or supervisory work in employment services.
- Experience in school-to-work transition environments providing ESP service.
- Work completed as part of an internship, practicum, or other on-the-job training may be counted to the limits noted in the training definition.
- Work-related to residential and/or non-employment day services, segregated employment services will not be accepted.