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The Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a special event.  ILEA endorses and manages the voluntary CSEP program for those who meet established standards. 

The program was developed to:

  • Increase the proficiency of event professionals
  • Elevate industry standards and practices
  • Establish the level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification
  • Promote the advancement of the special events industry
  • Advance the career of practitioners
  • Acknowledge the high caliber work of CSEPs and the value of the products and services they provide.


To qualify as a candidate for the CSEP exam, one must have a minimum of three (3) years of full-time professional employment in the special events industry.  Documentation of work experience is required.



The exam window is 15 days in length and offered four times annually.

Exam Window

Exam Application and Exam Fee Due Date

January 15-30, 2018

December 1, 2017

April 15-30, 2018

March 1, 2018

July 15-30, 2018

June 1, 2018

October 15-30, 2018

September 1, 2018



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