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CONTRIBUTION · 13th August 2012
Provincial Networking Group
Provincial Networking Group Inc. (PNGI) is very pleased to announce that our Clinical Director, Mr. Chris Arnold recently traveled to Washington DC where he wrote and passed the national certification exam for the new “Certified Employment Support Professional” designation. Chris is proud to be the first Canadian to receive this designation.

The CESP credential was established by the Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC). National certification is earned by passing a comprehensive examination based on national standardized competencies and administered by an independent professional organization. To maintain certification professionals are required to earn continuing education (CE) credits over time. The Certified Employment Services Professional (CESP) is being developed in compliance with the guidelines of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

“The test was a challenging one that dug deep with some specific scenarios and situational questions that really made you think about the values and practice of Supported Employment with a wide range of individuals”, said Chris Arnold. There were some questions that were specifically related to USA political initiatives, programs or policies but despite this, Chris was able to successfully pass the exam.

Chris is excited to share this process and information about the development of the credential with colleagues in the employment field in BC & across Canada.
The CESP exam was included in the pre-conference day for the Association of Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) National Conference in Arlington VA, which Chris also attended.

Keynote speakers included Temple Grandin, and the conference sessions covered a very wide range of top notch presentations.

PNGI has been a leader in providing supported employment services in BC for over 18 years and is actively involved in provincial and national initiatives around employment.

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Chris Arnold
Comment by Maureen on 18th August 2012
Congrats to you and pngi!
Is there a Canadian association?
Comment by Manion Denise on 13th August 2012
Way to go Chris! Your hard work, dedication and love for helping people really helps the community in general. You're an inspiration!
Well Done
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 13th August 2012
Well done Chris, your passion and dedication to your field but more importantly to people is always refreshing!

Comment by Me on 13th August 2012
Way to go Chris!! the Provincial Networking Group is a very supportive and helpful organization for Special needs individuals. Keep up the good work, your hard work is paying off.