The Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) is pleased to announce that the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) credential has received accreditation from the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Accreditation is one of the major milestones that the USOLN has achieved. During the accreditation process, the CUSP certification program was evaluated against eight standards of performance improvement along with a rigorous code of ethics. The ISPI accreditation provides an independent, third-party validation of the quality and effectiveness of the CUSP credential by a respected and trusted world leader in performance improvement and workplace productivity. It affirms the role of the CUSP credential in creating a safe and productive utility workplace.
“The CUSP credential is gaining momentum across the utility industry as a valuable tool to strengthen the safety program of utilities, contractors that serve the utility industry and municipalities,” said Mack Turner, USOLN board chairman. “The ISPI accreditation provides additional credibility to this certification that is being adopted across the U.S. and Canada.”
The CUSP certification was developed in 2009 when a group of dedicated volunteers recognized the need for a utility-specific safety certification. The USOLN was formed to create and administer the CUSP certification program. It coordinated the work of volunteers to develop the body of knowledge that was used to create the CUSP Green and Blue exams, which are used to assess the competence of utility safety and operations professionals. The CUSP certification offers four endorsement exams: Electric Transmission and Distribution, Gas, Power Generation and Civil. CUSPs are required to recertify every two years by demonstrating continuing professional development. There are currently over 1,200 active CUSP credential holders. The CUSP certification program continues to rely on volunteers to serve as governing board members and committee members.
About the USOLN
The USOLN – a 501(c)(6) nonprofit corporation – serves as an advocate for a safe, secure and productive utility work environment and as a catalyst for the prevention of incidents. It provides utility companies and their contractor partners with a reliable certification program, legislative/regulatory updates and networking resources. Today, over 1,000 individuals benefit from their membership in the USOLN. Members typically are employed by investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and contractors providing services to the utility industry. The USOLN offers support and access to utility industry experts throughout the year. USOLN on-site meetings are held twice annually – once in the spring and once in the fall – in conjunction with the twice-annual iP Utility Safety Conference & Expo.
Founded in 1962, ISPI is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI serves as an independent third-party accrediting agency that assesses education, performance improvement and training programs, courses, and services offered by for-profit and nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, corporations, departments, vendors/consultants, associations, military and government entities. Organizations document their adherence to a set of standards and undergo an interview and/or site visit by trained CPT-certified reviewers. It is the goal of ISPI's accreditation program to bring recognition to those organizations, departments, programs, courses and services that produce worthy, measurable results.