Frequently Asked Questions about the CSP program
How do I become a CSP?
The certification of an individual's competence is accomplished through a written test. The test is designed to measure the individual's knowledge in 6 areas: Business, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Sub-Contractors, Snow & Ice Science, and Snow & Ice Operations and Techniques. A candidate will determine eligibility, complete an application and submit any necessary application materials, be approved by SIMA, and then sit for the exam.
Why should I become a CSP?
The Certified Snow Professional program is a tool designed to educate you in all aspects of snow and ice management. It can also become one of your best sales tools, allowing you to explain to your customers what you learned and achieved through the CSP program.
Who is eligible to take the exam?
CSP applicants can apply for the exam under 2 options: direct snow management experience or snow-specific training, experience, and education. Click here for eligibility specifics.
How do I study for the exam?
SIMA recommends the 6 CSP study modules, which are the source of the test questions. Streaming webinar powerpoints of review questions and extra study help on each module is also available for purchase on SIMA's Resource 24/7 training center. Click here for information on purchasing CSP study materials.
How do I register to take the exam?
To register for the CSP exam, take the following steps:
1. Submit application, any application materials, and fees to SIMA (more information). Click here to download an application.
2. When your application is approved, you will receive an email prompting you to sign up for an exam on a date at a testing center of your choice (more information).
What is the cost of the CSP exam?
For members, the exam fee is $350, for non-members, the exam fee is $500. Retakes are $150 for members and $200 for non-members.
When and where can I take the exam?
The exam is offered at testing centers across the U.S. and Canada. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for an exam on a date at a location of your choice. Once you sign up for an exam, you will receive a confirmation email from the testing center. Click here for more information and testing center locations.
Can I reschedule/cancel my exam date?
Exam appointments can be cancelled or rescheduled up to 48 hours before the appointment, at which point the appointment is locked in and unable to be changed.
How long do I have to take the exam once my application is submitted?
SIMA requires that an initial test be taken within 6 months of application date. If no test has been taken after 6 months, application fees may be reassessed and the entire application process re-submitted before another 6 month period begins.
What do I need to bring with me to the testing center?
On the date of your exam, please arrive at the testing center with photo I.D. and the username and password you were emailed (you will need this to unlock the exam). You may also bring paper/pencils if you think you will need them. A calculator is provided in the exam system for you. Exams are proctored by testing center staff.
How many questions are on the exam, and how long will I have to take it?
The CSP exam is comprised of 200 questions (a mix of Multiple Choice and True/False), and you will have 3 hours to complete it.
When will I receive my results?
Results will be mailed by the SIMA office within 2 weeks of your test date.
What happens if I don't pass the exam?
A score of 70% or higher is needed to pass the exam. If you do not pass the CSP exam with a 70% or higher, a retake can be scheduled. Retakes require the following:
1. Completed retake form (download here)
2. Retake fee - $150 for SIMA members, $200 for non-members.
Once these are submitted, you will receive an email to set up another exam date and location.
What do I get after I become a CSP?
1. CSP listed after your name on SIMA mailings, website, and member directory.
2. Preference given to CSP's for SIMA's Excellence in Business Awards.
3. A framed certificate, wallet card, and marketing materials to help you promote your CSP status.
4. A CSP marketing brochure PDF from SIMA.
Once I pass the exam, how do I maintain my CSP designation?
You must pay an annual renewal fee of $130 to SIMA. You must also earn 15 continuing education credits per year, starting the year after you pass the exam. Continuing education credits and the renewal fee will be due December 15 of each year. Credits can be obtained through various activities including but not limited to the following: educational seminars, SIMA's annual symposium, publishing industry related articles, and mentoring new SIMA members. Click here for more information about maintaining your CSP designation.