The CESP Designation
The Certified Equipment Support Professional (CESP) designation is a recognized standard for judging the qualifications of a supplier of equipment for private/municipal/government fleets. It is an attainable goal for equipment suppliers who want to be identified as exceptional. To achieve this goal it takes personal motivation and depends on dedication to professionalism and acceptance of the challenge.
Areas of Competency Tested
The purpose of the CESP examination is to provide a high standard of certification to a professional supplier who possesses a depth of understanding of fleet management skills, and who demonstrates the ability to interact on a professional level with all fleet-related professionals.
For purposes of the CESP exam, the description of a Certified Equipment Support Professional is a professional supplier from an OEM or dealer network who has demonstrated competency of: Benchmarking; Customer Service; Employee Training; Environmental requirements as they apply to fleet management; Financial Management; Human Resources; Life Cycle Analysis; Negotiations; Outsourcing; Parts Management; Preventive Maintenance; Risk Management; Safety; Shop/Facilities Management; Specifications; Technology; and Warranty and Performance Guarantees.
Applicants for the examination must meet the following criteria on the CESP application.
✓ A minimum five years’ experience in equipment support for a supplier, dealer or OEM.
✓ A minimum of 25 total points must be accumulated to qualify to sit for the exam
✓ Minimum points must be accumulated in each of the Mandatory Requirements section, and points may be, but are not required, in the Optional Experiences section.
Note: Applicants that do not meet these requirements may be eligible for the Equipment Manager Specialst (EMS) exam.
Program Costs and Deadlines
The CESP Application and fee ($40 nonrefundable) must be received by the deadline to qualify for the exam. Applications must be received postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the published date of the exam. The deadline for retakes is the same as for the application for the complete exam. Application dates are strictly enforced.
The CESP Exam is not available online but it is administered twice annually at the end of the Professional Development Institute (PDI). The Institite is optional but highly recommended. Visit the Conferences page to view the dates and location of the next Institute.
The cost for the CESP exam is $340 for members and $545 for nonmembers. The exam is given at the Spring and Fall meeting. Download the CESP Application.
The Career Equipment Fleet Manager is the study manual for the CESP exam and is not included in the registration for the Professional Development Institute.