FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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When did TEPA change the program to the EMP certification?
We officially announced the new EMP certification during our 2017 annual conference in Dallas. We also set up a testing center during the conference, giving our members in attendance the chance to be among the first to be EMP certified by TEPA.
What are the benefits of being a TEPA EMP?
There are numerous benefits of being a certified TEPA EMP, not only for you, but also the clients you serve.
A TEPA EMP is important to you and your clients because it demonstrates that you:
- Have a basic understanding of the national retail energy market
- Possess a knowledge of various client-facing opportunities such as Demand Response
- Grow your knowledge through CEU events, training and education programs
- Can transact fairly within the market
- Adhere to higher professional standards
- Are dedicated to maintaining quality in your work on a regular basis
- Grow your knowledge through regular attendance at industry-related training events and education programs
Are existing TEPA CEPs grandfathered in as EMPs?
No. The new EMP exam covers a broader range of topics than the CEP and better reflects the national energy marketplace. As a result, the EMP is the new, recognized certification program for TEPA members.
How has the test changed?
The CEP exam focused primarily on the ERCOT market. The new EMP exam has been expanded to reflect national ISO-specific information including ERCOT, PJM, NYSIO, ISO-NE and MISO. The test will also be updated as needed to reflect new changes in policy, guidelines and laws as they become available. The EMP exam currently has 60 questions. You only have to take the EMP exam once, however, in order to keep your EMP certification current you will be required to complete 12 Continuing Education Units each year. The CEU program will be announced in 2019.
Who can take TEPA’s EMP exam?
The EMP certification is available to all TEPA Aggregator, Broker, Consultant and Supplier members who are current on their dues and in good standing with the Association.
How do I take the EMP exam?
The EMP is an online exam that can be taken remotely, on any day or at any time that is most convenient for you. The exam is available to current TEPA members with an account on www.tepaUSA.org.
To take the exam:
- Log in to your member account by clicking on the Log In link located in the upper right hand corner of the website.
- If you do you not have a TEPA member account, click on Create an Account and follow the prompts.
- Click on EMP Exam link under Certification. This page is only visible when logged in to your TEPA member account.
- Click on the TEPA EMP exam link to be redirected to the exam website. Please note that the exam is hosted on www.classmaker.com and not on www.tepaUSA.org.
There is no time limit on the EMP exam. However, because there is no proctor present during the exam, it is expected that you follow TEPA’s honor code when taking the test, which means you agree not to:
- Seek any outside help from another person or online resource
- Impersonate or complete the exam on behalf of another TEPA member(s)
Once you have completed the exam, you will be emailed your score.
How is the EMP exam structured?
The EMP exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions.
What is a passing grade for the EMP exam?
To pass the exam you must earn a minimum grade of 70, meaning you must answer 42 questions of 60 correctly. If you passed, you will receive your EMP Certificate via email.
Is there a study guide for the EMP certification?
Not at this time. Like the old CEP, the EMP exam is an entry level exam. TEPA is in the process of rolling out a more robust education platform that will include a higher level certification exam covering both national and regional markets. There will be educational resources available to prepare for taking these exams. The process of developing this material is under way. TEPA plans to begin the roll out of additional certifications and training material during the 4th quarter of 2018.
Can I retake the EMP if I don't pass it?
Yes. While the EMP exam is not overtly difficult, it’s intended to establish a baseline of understanding of the retail energy market. We recognize that some of the information may be new or unfamiliar to new and veteran TEPA members alike. As a result, there are no limits on the number of times you can take the test. If you wish to retake the exam, simply log back in to your TEPA account and click on Certification in the main menu.
How much does it cost to take the EMP exam?
There is no cost to TEPA members to take the EMP exam. However, your TEPA membership must be paid in full, and you must be in good-standing with the Association.
Can I take the EMP exam during a TEPA event?
Because the EMP exam is online, it can be taken at any time. However, it is also administered on-site during the Northeast and National conferences. If you are interested in taking the exam during these two events, please email Education@tepaUSA.org.
Can non-TEPA professionals take the exam or qualify as an EMP?
No, the EMP certification is only available to current TEPA members in good standing.
Does the EMP require Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to remain current?
Yes. Beginning in 2019, EMPs will be required to complete 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to keep your EMP certification current. Acceptable CEUs will be listed on the website. You will need to submit proof of your CEUs through your TEPA member account on the website. All CEUs must be submitted each year by December 31st, beginning in 2019.
Valid proof of your CEUs must be submitted electronically and include your name, date and title of the CEU course or program. Acceptable forms:
- An electronic receipt of your registration
- Proof or registration for an online resource
If you fail to submit your CEUs by the end of the year, your name will removed from the EMP page on the TEPA website and you will be required to re-take the EMP exam.