The CSP exam is offered year-round in six (6) testing windows. Applications may be submitted for review during the application period associated with each testing window.
Job Analysis Studies
Job Analysis Studies are conducted every five (5) years to identify and validate the knowledge and skills measured by the examination. The results of the job analysis serve as the basis for the exam. In 2023, the SPCB conducted a new job analysis study that goes into effect for examinations after January 1, 2024. The job analysis study performed in 2018 remains valid for all examinations until December 31, 2023. Please click the links below to view the SPCB CSP Job Analysis Executive Summaries to learn more.
Exam Content Domains
Additional information on the examination content outline, examination domains, and disease states covered on the examination is located in the handbook.
The CSP examination is a 125 question, multiple-choice exam delivered via computer based administration. Of the 125 questions, 25 are pre-test questions that will not affect your score. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the examination session.
Preparing for the Exam
Candidates are encouraged to review the detailed Exam Content Outline included in the handbook to develop their own study plan and prepare for the exam. A range of continuing education resources are available from a variety of providers for preparation on specific topic areas.
NASP offers an optional CSP Prep Course online and in-person at the NASP Annual Meeting & Expo.
The SPCB’s role is in developing and administering certification examinations to determine the qualifications of candidates for certification. The Board does not require, provide, or endorse any specific study guides, training or review courses. The SPCB, Board, certification staff members, certification committee members, and certification subject matter experts do not have involvement in the creation, accreditation, approval, endorsement or delivery of examination review courses, preparatory materials, educational programs, or training programs that prepare candidates for the CSP certification examination.
SPCB complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing candidates with a qualified disability the opportunity to participate in CSP certification activities by providing reasonable accommodations that do not negatively impact examination validity. For more information, please view the handbook.
The CSP examination is offered year round via computer based administration at PSI testing centers in the United States and Canada. For a list of testing sites, please visit the PSI website.