General CUSP FAQs
General CUSP FAQs
Click on this link to take you to the CUSP Application page on our website. Click on the green “CUSP Application” 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.
Click on this link to take you to the CUSP Application page on the website. Complete the application in its entirety. You can create a login and save the application if you are unable to complete it in one sitting.
Once you submit the application, your application will be reviewed for eligibility by the CUSP Application Review Committee and you will be notified by email of your application status within 7-10 days.
After submitting your completed application, there will be a link directing you to pay the CUSP Application Fee ($80/USOLN non-member and $60/USOLN member) that is necessary for your application to be reviewed by the CUSP Application Review Committee.
You can find resources to help prepare for the CUSP exam on this page: Prepare for CUSP Exam.
You can review the CUSP eligibility requirements on this page: CUSP Eligibility. If you are still unsure, fill out the CUSP application select the CUSP base exam that is closest to your background. The CUSP application review committee will make the final determination of your exam eligibility.
Yes, you will need to pass the CUSP base exam and one endorsement exam in order to become a CUSP credential holder.
You will be notified by email within 10 business days after taking the exam. You will be notified whether you passed or failed. Actual scores will not be provided.
You must pass 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 an exam, go to the CUSP schedule and select a new date. There is a $100 exam fee per exam.
*Notice: Rescheduling an exam is subject to a $75 reschedule fee
Should you apply to retest after one year, you will be required to re-submit an application and start the process again.
After your application has been approved, go to the CUSP Exam Dates & Fees Schedule. Select the date you want to take the exam. You must register and pay for the exam 3 weeks prior to the exam date.
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:
- John P. Smith, CUSP
- John P. Smith, Certified Utility Safety Professional
- John P. Smith, (request logo from USOLN at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
- The name only of each CUSP credential holder will be published in the CUSP Roster on the USOLN website.
- If the USOLN receives an inquiry, we will provide verification of your certification to the public.