ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional

Demonstrate your knowledge of corporate social responsibility with ISSP-CSP Certification! Now is the time to apply your work experience to a meaningful sustainability certification.

Overview. This second-tier certification is perfect for experienced sustainability professionals who demonstrate a combination of sustainability-related work experience and formal education. Practitioners responsible for their organization's sustainability strategy should pursue this designation as a signifier of their proficiency mastering work-related knowledge.

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Exam Eligibility. After earning the ISSP Sustainability Associate credential, candidates may continue on to this advanced certification. Candidates must complete an application, show proof of education, offer three reference letters verifying work experience, sign the Code of Ethics Declaration, and agree to ongoing professional development.

Exam Breakdown. The ISSP-CSP exam is a 2.5-hour, 100-question online exam. The questions will be randomly generated from a pool questions contributed by a team of subject-matter experts. This exam pulls content from the ISSP Body of Knowledge. Unlike the ISSP-SA exam that pulls exclusively from the Core Sustainability Concepts section, the ISSP-CSP exam will cover the entire ISSP Body of Knowledge. This will include topics related to stakeholder engagement, planning a sustainability strategy, implementing a sustainability strategy, evaluating sustainability efforts, and adjusting plans. Because the exam is delivered online, candidates will know their score immediately upon completion. A candidate must earn a score of at least 80% on the certification exam to pass.

How to Study. Due to the extensive nature of this second-tier exam, we also recommend live training to prepare for the ISSP-CSP exam. This ensures that you focus on the right material and that you gain familiarity with the exam interface and expectations. Participating in a live classroom course also helps encourage dialogue and collaboration among experienced peers in the industry. You'll be able to use these personal experiences to recall important concepts from the ISSP Body of Knowledge.

Taking the Exam. The ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional exam is available seven days a week and at the time of your choosing. The computerized exam is hosted by Kryterion, a third-party testing center, but can also be remotely proctored using webcam software.

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