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, you will be on a notification page that you can use to print for reference. Please allow 7-10 business days for the CUSP application review committee to review your application and for you to receive the notification of whether it is approved.
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.
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 2-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:
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: