Step 1: Review and determine CUSP eligibility
The CUSP program offers two levels of certification. The CUSP-Blue is intended for operations leaders...typically (but not limited to) supervisors, foreman and operations management. The CUSP-Green certification is intended for those in a dedicated safety or training role such as utility safety directors and managers.
Step 2: Complete the online CUSP application
Complete the online application form. Submit your application by email or fax. Your application will be reviewed by the CUSP application review committee. If they have additional questions regarding your work history, you may be contacted by the CUSP application review committee chair. You will be notified by email within 10 business days whether your application was approved.
In the event you are determined to not be eligible for the CUSP program, a full disclosure of reasons for denial will be sent to you.
Step 3: Join the USOLN and Register for CUSP
Join the USOLN prior to registering for the CUSP program to receive the discounted rate.
After being accepted into the CUSP program, you can register for the optional 2-day Utility Safety Leadership Review and the CUSP exam.
Step 4: Prepare for the CUSP exam
Take time to study. The CUSP exam is challenging and not easily achieved. CUSP candidates who study and prepare are glad they invested the time. Typically 75% of any given CUSP class will pass. Prepare for taking the CUSP exam by reviewing the guidelines at CUSP BLUE PREP or CUSP GREEN PREP.
Most CUSP candidates opt to take the 2-day Utility Safety Leadership Review** prior to the CUSP exam. In addition, you should review the suggested CUSP Prep materials including the Utility Safety Leadership Reference List.
Step 5: Take and pass the CUSP exam
The base CUSP exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions. All candidates will be asked to designate an endorsement exam from the following utility work environments: Electrical Transmission & Distribution, Gas, Civil and Power Generation.
Each endorsement exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You must take one endorsement exam along with the base exam. You can opt to take more endorsements if you choose to. There is a 2 hour time allotment for the base exam and one endorsement exam. An additional 30 minutes will be added per each additional endorsement.
**Highly recommended - but not a requirement ... A 2-Day Utility Safety Leadership Review has been developed. This review is designed to enhance job safety knowledge, leadership skills and to assist in preparedness for taking the CUSP exam.