CSEP Exam and Fees
Important Information Regarding the CSEP
To remain relevant in an ever-changing live event landscape that includes a growing demand for qualified live event professionals, the ILEA Board of Governors, in collaboration with the CSEP Certification Committee, are embarking on a year-long journey to review and enhance the CSEP exam.
Testing will remain as is for the remainder of 2019. Anyone currently planning to take the exam this year will follow the current process. The final exam period prior to this change is 15-30 October, and the deadline to apply and submit payment is 1 September.
The enhanced CSEP exam will address:
- Modernized system for test taking, including offering remote proctoring
- Simplified system for grading that offers a faster return of scoring for candidates
- Enhanced data collection for analysis
- Annual exam development that includes writing new questions and reviewing the current performance of the exam
- Increased access to the exam worldwide
Stay tuned for more updates on the CSEP program enhancements!
Exam Dates and Application Deadlines
||Exam Application and Exam Fee Due Date
|15 - 30 January
|15 - 30 April
|15 - 30 July
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.
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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.
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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.
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||Time and Details
|Exam Application and Registration Fee
||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 will be refunded from the $600 USD exam fee if an application does not comply with exam requirements.
|Exam Reschedule Fee
||Without an approved excuse, which includes death of an immediate family member, active military orders, jury duty, or a doctor’s excuse (on the medical facility letterhead), a candidate wishing to cancel or reschedule a scheduled examination five (5) or more days prior to their scheduled examination date, excluding the date of the examination, will be charged $25 USD. The candidate will be required to pay a $25 USD fee to IQT prior to rescheduling/ cancelling an examination.
|Exam Cancellation Fee
||Entire exam fee will be assessed if candidate cancels exam less than four days prior to scheduled exam date.
|Exam No Show Fee
||If candidate fails to show for scheduled exam, full exam application and registration fee is forfeited.
|Exam Retake Fee
||If candidate is unsuccessful on initial exam, discounted exam fee is offered for retakes.
|CSEP Recertification Fee
||Current CSEPs are required to recertify every five years on or before November 30 to maintain designation.
|CSEP Recertification with Late Fee
||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
||Due November 30 of the recertification year for eligible applicants (see Emeritus Status for details).
Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation Certified Special Event Professional Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Timothy S. Y. Lam Foundation Board of Trustees to help those in the hospitality industry reach their professional goals.