CSEP Exam and Fees


CSEP Exam Structure

The CSEP is a 4.5 hour computer-based examination. The exam consists of two parts: a 100 multiple-choice question portion and a written portion, both based on the CSEP Content Outline. The exam is only offered in English and translation into other languages is not available.

View more information on the exam and resources.

CSEP Exam Locations 

The exam is held at sites worldwide. Testing sites nearest a candidate can be found at any time on the ISO Quality Testing site.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

The CSEP exam fee is non-refundable. Candidates may cancel and/or reschedule their exam registration in writing (via mail, fax or e-mail), if notification is received by SMT at least five calendar days prior to the day of the exam. Cancellations made less than five calendar days prior to the exam and no-shows on the day of the exam will result in forfeiture of the entire exam fee.
Learn more about what to expect on Exam Day. 


Exam Application and Registration Fee  $600 USD Candidates are eligible to sit for the CSEP exam after application approval (see dates and deadlines for details).
Refund for Denied Exam Application  $500 USD $500 USD will be refunded from the $600 USD exam fee if an application does not comply with exam requirements
Exam Reschedule Fee  $0
No fee is required if an exam is rescheduled at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled exam date.
Exam Cancellation Fee  $600 USD Entire exam fee will be assessed if candidate cancels exam less than four days prior to scheduled exam date.
Exam No Show Fee  $600 USD If candidate fails to show for scheduled exam, full exam application and registration fee is forfeited.
Exam Retake Fee  $200 USD If candidate is unsuccessful on initial exam, discounted exam fee is offered for retakes.
CSEP Recertification Fee  $200 USD Current CSEPs are required to recertify every five years on or before November 30 to maintain designation.
CSEP Recertification with Late Fee  $250 USD If CSEP recertifies between December 1-December 31 every fifth year, an additional $50 late fee is required.
Failure to Recertify Fee  $600 USD To reinstate an expired CSEP designation, all exam application and registration steps must be completed.
CSEP Emeritus Fee  $300 USD Due November 30 of the recertification year for eligible applicants (see Emeritus Status for details)