NFPA has created a new certification program: Certified Emergency Power Systems Specialist (CEPSS) for Facility Managers. It was created after extensive market research was conducted with facility managers from a wide range of industries. The research indicated a strong desire to have a credential that highlights their knowledge of the many challenges associated with emergency and standby power, as well as stored electrical energy emergency and standby power systems, and how to keep their facilities in compliance with the 2016 editions of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems.

Paul Dunphy, Electrical Inspector and Compliance Coordinator for Harvard University was involved in the development of the certification. He states, “It is critical to life safety that a facility manager understands the operation and maintenance requirements of generator systems. This certification helps demonstrate your knowledge of critical building life safety systems and their role in overall building operations.”

To earn your CEPSS for Facility Managers, complete the application and pass the online exam. Earning this professional certification indicates your:

• Competence with both emergency and standby power and stored electrical energy emergency and standby power systems

• Proficiency in the use of NFPA 110 and NFPA 111

• Professionalism

• Dedication to personal professional development

The CEPSS exam is a computer-based, three-hour, open-book examination, containing 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam is based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and NFPA 111, Standard on Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems and is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge of emergency power supply systems principles and code application skills. These are the only reference sources that may be present during the examination.

For more information about CEPSS go to: nfpa.org/cepss or contact NFPA Certification Department, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169 Tel: +1 617 984-7509; Fax: +1 617 984-7127; email: cepssfm@nfpa.org