Click on this link to take you to the CUSP Application page on our website. Click on the green "Read More" button to open the application online. You can create a login and save the application if you are unable to complete it in one sitting.
Once you submit the application, you will receive a confirmation via email that it has been submitted. Please allow 5-7 business days after that for the CUSP application review committee to notify you whether it is approved.
You can take a look at the eligibility requirements on this page: CUSP Eligibility. If you are still unsure, fill out the CUSP application and mark the exam you feel you qualify for. The CUSP application review committee will determine which exam is best suited for you.
Yes, you will need to pass the base exam and one endorsement exam in order to become a CUSP credential holder.
You will be notified by email within 5-10 business days after taking the exam. You will be notified whether you passed or failed. Actual scores will not be provided.
You must bass both the CUSP base exam (green or blue) and at least one CUSP endorsement exam in order to be awarded the CUSP credential. If you pass a base exam and not an endorsement exam, you would need to retake just the endorsement exam and vice versa. If you need to retake any exam, you can attend the Utility Safety Leadership Review and retake the CUSP exam(s) at a future date at no charge. If you fail to pass the first retake exam, you can retake the exam again, but there will be a charge. For more information, visit this page.
You are required to wait a minimum of 30 days and no longer than one year before applying to retake the exam(s). Should you apply to retest after the one year, you will be required to re-submit an application and start the process again.
Suggestions on how you can earn CUSP points on this page: CUSP Recertification.
The CUSP credential is only for the authorized use of the individuals to which it has been awarded to. You can display your CUSP title after your name on resumes, business cards, correspondence and email signatures. Here are some examples:
The CUSP credential is only authorized for use during the period the certification is valid; it expires if you have not met the recertification requirements and your CUSP credential is revoked.
Yes, If you are retiring but are proud of the CUSP credential that you earned and would like to continue to use the designation, the USOLN now offers the CUSP Emeritus status.
Details and an application form are available here.
The USOLN will keep all CUSP candidate and credential holder personal and examination records confidential and will obtain your approval before releasing information from your CUSP records other than the cases listed below: