Elevating the Experts
You are an electrical professional. You have the knowledge
and experience customers depend on. And the expertise to move product. Get the
designation that proves it.
The CEP program sets the bar for electrical distribution by
assessing the skills required by professionals in today’s industry. Designation
validates the knowledge and credibility of the holder and encourages others to
strive for it as well.
Do You Know a CEP?
CEP isn't just for the individual. By recognizing the people who meet its rigorous standards, the program elevates the industry,
helping the public and employers identify quality service providers within the
electrical distribution channel.
Find out how the CEP certification has given these distributors a competitive edge.
Set Yourself Apart from the Competition
today's tough economy, the CEP Certification is the perfect way for you
to gain credibility and set yourself apart from the competition. The
CEP offers the following benefits:
- Feeling of importance within your company through your new CEP
designation, as well as the recognition of accomplishment by superiors
- Personal accomplishment builds commitment to your career
- Better understanding of your role and how it relates to the customer
- Career enhancement and advancement opportunities with the satisfaction of a clearer, broader career path
Give Your Company a Boost
Companies that invest in the employees by helping them achieve their CEP designation often experience many added benefits:
- Increased employee satisfaction builds retention and establishes a structured program for future goal setting
- Improved operations and service results in improved profitability
- Competitive advantage for your company by providing competent employees that interface with customers on a daily basis
Setting the Industry’s
The CEP program grew from a need to recognize the accomplishments and skills of electrical distribution’s most excelling sales
With support from the NAED Education & Research Foundation,
NAED established the CEP program as an independent body that sets and
enforces the industry’s professional standards. Since its first exam in
2009, CEP has certified 618 individuals from 86
companies nationwide – and it continues to grow.
Unlike certificate programs that teach people how to become sales
professionals, the CEP program tests candidates on understanding and
skills that can only be gained through real life. Designation
demonstrates the holder’s mastery of product knowledge, customer
service, sales skills and other competency areas.
Join the Ranks of CEP
The Certified Electrical Professional program helps the best
in outside and inside sales stand out.
When an individual participates in CEP, everyone benefits.
CEP certification is open to sales
associates of electrical distributors and manufacturers who can
demonstrate mastery through a
comprehensive exam and years of experience. The CEP exams take place
twice a year, in January and July, at testing centers nationwide.
|Inside Sales Requirements
||Outside Sales Requirements
- Education: High school diploma, GED or
- Experience: 18 months of full-time service to
an inside-sale position
- Education: Associate’s or technical degree
from an accredited college or university
- Experience: 5 years of full-time employment experience, including 4,000 hours in an outside-sales position.
-- or --
- Education: High school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Experience: 5 years of qualifying employment experience, including at least 6,000 hours in an outside-sales position.
6 weeks or longer before the test date: NAED members ($250); Non NAED member ($400)
6-4 weeks prior to test date: NAED member ($350); Non NAED member ($500)
Exam Session Change Fee: $100
*Applications may not by accepted within 4 weeks of test date due to verification and processing requirements.
Most of your questions or concerns can be resolved by downloading the CEP Candidate Guide or reviewing the CEP Policy site.
Once you have decided to pursue your CEP Certification, we recommend that you hit the ground running with our easy three-step process:
Step 1: Qualify
Before you begin to prepare for the exam, make sure that you qualify by reviewing the list of requirements. Once you verify that you meet the necessary requirements, you can test your core competencies with the following resources:
Step 2: Apply
Once you've verified that you qualify to take the CEP exam and have read about the competencies that will be tested, you can fill out the application. Apply Now.
Step 3: Prepare
You're almost there! Now that you've applied for the CEP, you can take advantage of many of the helpful links below that will help you prepare for the exam:
| Important Dates
|Future Exam Dates
July 15-26, 2013
CEP Informational Webinars (CST)
May 14, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
May 29, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 23, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 6, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 20, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
Download Connection Guide
CEP Candidate Webinars (CST)
May 29, 2013 — 2:00 p.m.
June 12, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
June 26, 2013 — 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 20, 2013 — 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 10, 2013 — 2:00 p.m.
Download Connection Guide
Take a short quiz to test your Inside Sales or Outside Sales knowledge
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Maintain Your Certification
You invested in your career by becoming certified. Maintain that investment. Receritify and retain your designation!
Find out how
the CEP certification has put this Outside Sales Rep ahead of
his competition and given him the tools to more effectively serve his
The CEP Certification Program maintains integrity by
promoting ongoing professional development and education. Holders must renew
their status every three years.
To recertify, you must:
There are a number of ways to achieve the 30 hours of
Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as defined by the International Association of
Continuing Education & Training. Qualifying activities include industry
training, college and university courses, company seminars and more. CEPs can log on to the NAED Learning Center for
access to training that is eligible for recertification credits.
| Recertification Deadlines
Sept. 2010 CEPs — Sept. 15, 2013
March 2011 CEPs — March 15, 2014
Sept. 2011 CEPs — Sept. 15, 2014
CEP Recertifcation Webinars
July 16, 2013 — 1:00 p.m. CST
Download Connection Guide
Avoid the Trial and Error
In today’s diverse, global marketplace, contractors have
options for choosing a supply partner. But with those options come more risks. Lengthy trial and error can help you determine whether your
supplier has the knowledge to recommend the right products, so why gamble when
it comes to potential counterfeit or damaged products?
Now there’s an industry standard available to help you verify
whether the person you’re buying from is qualified. It’s called CEP, and in
just three letters, it lets you know you’re working with a Certified Electric
Is your supplier on the CEP list?
Hear why this contractor looks for CEPs when deciding which electrical distributor to do business with.
Inside and outside sales professionals holding the elite CEP
designation have met stringent criteria and demonstrated through an exam that
they have expertise to be an effective solutions provider. And they’re required to keep proving it
with recertification every three years. That means CEPs are continuously
developing their skills and staying current on the latest products. Download the CEP brochure to find out more about why you should choose a CEP supplier.
Save time and resources by looking for suppliers with CEP sales teams. Find one to do business with today!