This past month, Ampirical hosted the first Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) Certification Program in South Louisiana. At this event, three Ampirical employees passed the CUSP Exam including the Civil and Transmission & Distribution Endorsement Exams. James Cagle (Director of Operations), Rod Courtney (HSE Manager), and Susan Goff (Senior Project Manager) are among the recipients of this honorable achievement.

The CUSP certification is a program of the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN), a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization formed for the purpose of creating a utility-specific safety credential. The CUSP certification was created to promote safety leadership in the utility industry through:

  1. Formally recognizing those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements of the CUSP program and demonstrate competency through passing the CUSP exam.
  2. Encouraging continued personal and professional growth in the practice of utility safety leadership.
  3. Creating a uniform standard of understanding utility safety regulations, competencies and task-directed skills for both utility companies and their contractor partners.
  4. Providing employers the assurance of an individual’s broad knowledge, skills and abilities in the utility work environment when hiring or promoting.

The CUSP certification is the only program that awards utility-specific safety credentials to meet the unique requirements of utilities and related contractors. The CUSP credential will be assigned to those who meet specific eligibility requirements and demonstrate competence by passing the CUSP exam.

The CUSP exam is designed to test a well-defined body of knowledge representative of professional practice in the discipline of utility safety. Successful completion of the CUSP exam demonstrates competency and broad-based knowledge of the utility safety profession.

“Absolutely nothing will come before our commitment to safety.” Said Rod Courtney, HSE Manager for Ampirical. “This is why we decided to host the first CUSP course in South Louisiana and make it a requirement for, not only our Safety Professionals to attend but also our Project Managers and Construction Managers. Ampirical is known for leading the way in engineering and construction…Now we will also lead the way in safety.”

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