Get Custom Virtual Training the Way You Need It!   Learn More

Exams and Endorsements

Operations Management, Supervisor, Foreman

Safety/Training Management

CUSP Blue Base Exam Blueprint

This is the matrix by which the CUSP BLUE exam was developed. It is expected that a Utility Safety Professional will meet and/or exceed the required knowledge in these subject areas.

STANDARDS: 15%
  1. OSHA Federal Regulations
  2. Cranes and Derricks in Construction
  3. Performance and Consensus Standards
  4. OSHA Record-keeping Requirements
  5. Certification or Qualification
  6. Legal Considerations
  7. Enforcement Policies of Regulatory Agencies
  8. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)
  9. Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
HAZARD ID: 15%
  1. Typical Workplace Hazards
  2. Hazards vs. Risks
  3. Responsibilities
  4. Common Utility Industry Practices
  5. Monitoring
  6. Evaluating Program Effectiveness
INCIDENT PREVENTION: 10%
  1. Define Incident Prevention
  2. Fundamentals of Incident Prevention
  3. Tracking and Interpreting Incidents
  4. Incident Investigation
  5. Typical Incident Prevention Programs
LEADERSHIP SKILLS: 35%
  1. Communicating Safety Values and Expectations
  2. Identify/Explain Critical Safety Data Measurements
  3. Safety Program Accountability
  4. Proactive vs. Reactive
  5. Building Effective Relationships
HUMAN PERFORMANCE: 5%
  1. What is Human Performance?
  2. Recognizing Active and Latent Errors
  3. Understanding Latent Organizational Weaknesses
  4. Anatomy of Events
OPERATIONS: 20%
  1. Operations Responsibilities and Accountabilities in the Safety Process
  2. Understanding the Difference Between Compliance and Safety
  3. Implementing Operational Practices
  4. Gap Analysis
CUSP Green Base Exam Blueprint

This is the matrix by which the CUSP GREEN exam was developed. It is expected that a Utility Safety Professional will meet and/or exceed the required knowledge in these subject areas.

STANDARDS: 20%
  1. OSHA Federal Regulations
  2. Cranes and Derricks in Construction
  3. Performance and Consensus Standards
  4. OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements
  5. Certification or Qualification
  6. Legal Considerations
  7. Enforcement policies of Regulatory Agencies
  8. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)
  9. Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
HAZARD ID: 15%
  1. Typical Workplace Hazards
  2. Hazards vs. Risks
  3. Responsibilities
  4. Common Utility Industry Practices
  5. Monitoring
  6. Evaluating Program Effectiveness
INCIDENT PREVENTION: 15%
  1. Define Incident Prevention
  2. Fundamentals of Incident Prevention
  3. Tracking and Interpreting Incidents
  4. Incident Investigation
  5. Typical Incident Prevention Programs
LEADERSHIP SKILLS: 30%
  1. Communicating Safety Values and Expectations
  2. Identify/Explain Critical Safety Data Measurements
  3. Safety Program Accountability
  4. Defining Critical Behavior
  5. Proactive vs. Reactive
HUMAN PERFORMANCE: 10%
  1. What is Human Performance?
  2. Recognizing Active and Latent Errors
  3. Understanding Latent Organizational Weaknesses
  4. Anatomy of Events
OPERATIONS: 10%
  1. Operations Responsibilities and Accountabilities in the Safety Process
  2. Understanding the Difference Between Compliance and Safety
  3. Building Effective Relationships
  4. Implementing Operational Practices
  5. Gap Analysis

About the CUSP Base Exam & Endorsement Exams

The base CUSP exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions. In addition, all CUSP candidates will be asked to designate an endorsement exam from the following utility work environments:

  • Electric Transmission & Distribution
  • Gas
  • Power Generation
  • Civil
  • Utility Line Clearance Arborist

Each endorsement exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions.  Candidates must pass at least one endorsement exam along with the base exam in order to become certified. A maximum of two endorsement exams can be taken at the time of the base exam. There is an additional fee if a candidate elects to take more than one endorsement exam.  For more information, visit this page.

The CUSP only incorporates FEDERAL standards, not state, in most instances your company standards are more rigorous than OSHA Standards.

View detailed instructions for the CUSP online exam here.

All those who take the exam will be notified of their pass or fail result via email within 7-10 business days. Letter grades or passing percentages will not be issued. Examinees who pass the CUSP exam and one endorsement exam will be sent their CUSP digital certificate via email and a CUSP Certificate mailed within three to six weeks.

Endorsement Exams

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The CUSP Electric Transmission and Distribution endorsement exam is for those that have experience working in the construction and maintenance of the electric power grid infrastructure.

Gas Endorsement

The CUSP Gas endorsement exam is for those that have experience working in constructions and maintenance of the utility gas infrastructure.

Power Generation

The CUSP Power Generation endorsement is for those that have experience working in a power generation facility in the utility industry.

Civil

Civil Endorsement

The CUSP Civil endorsement is for those that have experience working in the construction and maintenance of utility infrastructure.  Work tasks include underground, concrete and structural steel construction work.

Utility Line Clearance Arborist Endorsement

The CUSP Utility Line Clearance Arborist endorsement exam is for those that have experience in clearing of trees or brush around electric power generation, transmission, or distribution lines or equipment.

USOLN

360 Memorial Drive, Suite 10, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | Phone: 815.459.1796
memberservices@usoln.org

Magazines / e-News

Subscribe to our magazines and email list and stay up-to-date with all the latest news about utility industry products, educational opportunities, and other utility specific information.

© Copyright 2009- 2021 - Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network.
All rights reserved.