CUSP Recertification

How to Maintain Your CUSP Credential

Your CUSP credential is valid for a two-year period beginning on the day that you become certified. In order to ensure the continuing competence of CUSP credential holders, the CUSP certification has established a recertification program that includes a continuing professional development requirement along with paying an annual maintenance fee of $130.

Pay CUSP Annual Maintenance Fee

There is an annual maintenance fee of $130 that is required to maintain your CUSP credential. The first CUSP annual maintenance fee is due one year after you earn your CUSP credential. You will receive an email reminder when your CUSP annual maintenance fee is due.

Please note that this payment is not the same as the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership (USOLN) membership fee, which is optional.  The USOLN membership fee is also due annually for USOLN members.

Pay CUSP Fee

How to Earn CUSP Points?

All CUSP credential holders are required to participate in continuing professional development activities.  A point system has been developed to track continuing professional development hours.

  • CUSP GREEN – 40 points.
  • CUSP BLUE –  30 points

View the CUSP Points Maintenance Guidelines below for detailed information about the recertification activity types and required documentation to submit to earn CUSP points.

Earn CUSP Points

Submit Your CUSP Points Request

As you complete the continuing professional development activities, fill out the CUSP Points Request Form online.

After you submit the form with proper documentation, you will be sent an acknowledgment that the form has been received.

Within 5 business days, you will receive confirmation via email detailing the number of CUSP points that were awarded.


Submit Points Online

Check Your CUSP
Points Status


Look for the CUSP Points Icon!

Shown below are a few ways to earn CUSP points:

iP Utility Safety Conference

Small 5Earn up to 20 CUSP points when you attend the full conference. Submit points request here.

Frontline Utility Safety Leadership

Small 10 Earn up to 10 CUSP points when you attend a 2-day Frontline Utility Leadership Class

iP Institute Online Learning

Small 1 Earn 1 CUSP Point for each course for credit you complete when you subscribe to iPi's online learning platform.

Utility Safety Magazines / e-News

Small 5 Earn up to 5 CUSP points when you join the article / newsletter writing committee

Maintain / Recertify CUSP

Need CUSP Points?

Submit CUSP Points

iP Utility Safety Conference Points Request

Pay CUSP Maintenance Fee

Update Member Profile

View CUSP Roster List

Why are continuing Professional Development activities required?

Due to the changing regulatory environment combined with incident and fatality rates, the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) has adopted an aggressive two-year recertification process. Recertification demonstrates that you are:
  • Expanding your utility safety knowledge, which makes you more valuable to your organization.
  • Committed to professional development to prepare yourself and your organization for the future.
  • Keeping current on changing utility safety regulations, best practices and innovative ways to build and maintain a strong safety culture, which ensures that your organization and its employees work at peak performance.

Name or Address Changes

We need to communicate with you in the future regarding your CUSP credential. As a CUSP candidate or credential holder, it is your responsibility to inform the USOLN of any changes to your current contact information, including mailing address, email address and phone number. You are at risk of losing your CUSP credential if we cannot reach you with important notifications regarding your certification.

Please update your USOLN profile online or send any contact information changes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815-459-1796.

360 Memorial Drive, Suite 10, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | Phone: 815.459.1796
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