How to Become Certified
Certification is an important milestone on your career journey. The process requires a few simple steps and a successful completion of the exam. You owe it to yourself to earn this impressive distinction of excellence.
Step 1: Get Your Authorization to Test
In order to become certified through the PSAI you must first acquire an Authorization to Test or an ATT. Once it is determined that you are eligible and you have paid the appropriate fee, you will obtain an ATT number. You will then have up to one year to take the exam. Your ATT will expire one year from the date of approval.
Eligibility criteria for obtaining an ATT include:
- Valid driver’s license
- Ability to read, speak, and write the English language
- Physical strength and agility to perform the tasks
- Commitment to upholding the CPSP Code of Ethics
To begin the process of applying for an ATT, please print, fill out, sign, and return the ATT application form.
Step 2: Pay the Fee
You can pay the fee for the ATT electronically or by check. To do this:
- If your company is a PSAI member, sign in to get member pricing. Each person seeking an ATT will need his or her own account under the company's membership that is linked to a unique email address.
- Once you have accessed or set up an account, you can check out with a credit card or download an invoice to pay by check.
Please call the PSAI if you need help with this step.
Step 3: Submit Supporting Documents
Once the PSAI receives your completed ATT form and appropriate fee, you will be asked to submit the following documents:
- a photocopy of your valid driver’s license and
- a signed attestation form by a supervisor from your company
If you are self-employed and have no one to act in the role of supervisor to you, please call the PSAI office for further information. Do not send an attestation form at this time.
If you are not self-employed, click the link below to download the attestation form that best aligns with your work history in the portable sanitation industry. This form must be completed and signed by a supervisor or former supervisor knowledgeable about your work history in the portable sanitation field.
A Certified Portable Sanitation Apprentice (CPSA) is a person who has less than 2,000 hours of work experience in the field — that’s one year of experience working full time in a role such as service technician, driver, pick up and delivery worker, or similar jobs.
A Certified Portable Sanitation Professional (CPSP) is a person who has 2,000 or more hours of work experience in the field — that’s more than one year of experience working full time in a role such as service technician, driver, pick up and delivery worker, or similar jobs.
Step 4: Brush Up on Your Competencies
To become certified as either a CPSA or a CPSP you will need to pass an examination. This test covers five areas of competency, and takes most people 60-90 minutes to complete.
To prepare for the exam, you can study on your own or take training courses. The PSAI offers such courses, and other organizations provide courses that may be helpful as well. Whether you take training courses or not, you'll want to be sure you are ready for the examination before you take it.
Although most states do not require that you take training before you take the examination, some do (Illinois and Georgia are two examples). Be sure you know whether this training is required by your state for licensure.
Step 5: Arrange for the Examination
You can take the examination in person or via computer at your company location.
- In person at an event - If you will be attending a PSAI event, you can take the exam during that time. We also sometimes offer our exam in conjunction with other in-person industry events such as the WWETT Show and the OASIS annual meeting. Check the published schedule for the date and location of the exam.
- In person at the PSAI office - If you will be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can arrange to take the exam at the PSAI office. Contact us for details.
- At your company - This option requires your company to arrange for a site examiner or "proctor" at your location. The proctor must not have any business or family connection to your firm and otherwise meet the PSAI's guidelines. Proctors must also agree to be trained by the PSAI and to follow strict testing protocols. Each person taking the exam will need his or her own computer work station.
Step 6: Take and Pass the Examination
Study up, get enough sleep, and concentrate. All of this will help you on exam day.
Once you have taken the exam, the PSAI will score it and let you know how you did.
More information about how the exam is constructed and scored can be found in the Candidate Handbook (see step 4 above). If you have questions, contact us.
Step 7: Celebrate
Once you've passed make sure everyone knows! This is a big accomplishement. You will receive your certification, a patch for your uniform, decals, and other information in the mail in the days after your results are communicated to you. Your company and your customers can be proud of having you in their midst!