One who has demonstrated skills and knowledge related to the construction and operation of electrical equipment and installations and has received safety training to identify the hazards and reduce the associated risk.
Employers have long struggled with how to fulfill the "demonstrated skills and knowledge" that is required before one is considered a qualified person as defined by NFPA 70E®. NFPA electrical safety certifications are tools aimed at doing just that. These certifications all require a minimum level of safety training and by passing the exam, certification holders have a tool that they can use to demonstrate to employers that they have a certain level of knowledge of electrical safety concepts.
The NFPA certified electrical safety technician (CEST) is a new certification that was created in 2017 due to feedback from the industry that there was a need for an electrical safety credential for those who don't have the same extensive educational background as those professionals in the electrical field. This certification is perfect for workers in fields such as HVAC, maintenance, and non-electrical plant workers.
The NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) certification program is designed to meet the needs of electrical and safety professionals who oversee electrical safety programs or who manage electricians and other personnel exposed to electrical hazards.
The Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential that demonstrates a working knowledge of NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Due to the nature of the electrical industry, often times electricians and installers find themselves changing employers multiple times during their careers and the CESW is a credential similar to an OSHA 10 card or an electrical license that workers can provide to their employers to demonstrate that they have recieved safety training and have a working knowledge of NFPA 70E®.
It is important to note that none of the electrical safety certifications from NFPA should be used as the sole basis for qualification, nor does NFPA imply that a certification holder is a qualified person. However, armed with these tools employers and employees are one step closer to the ultimate goal of a safe electrical industry.