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  • 1.  CSP Exam

    Posted 04-05-2022 14:47
    Hi All,

    I am currently waiting on my products to arrive to begin my CSP certification. I have been in the staffing industry for just about 5 years and recently promoted to Branch Manager of my office. I want to continue to grow and learn. Do any of you all of have any tips or advice as I begin this journey?


    Karin Wanner
    On-site Manager
    BelFlex Staffing Network
    Clayton NC
    (919) 437-9121
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  • 2.  RE: CSP Exam

    Posted 04-05-2022 16:06
    Hi Karen,

    How exciting you are embarking on your ASA certification journey! I'm sure plenty of CSP-certified professionals on ASA Central can provide personal study tips and tricks. Below are some general guidelines on what to study for your exam. 

    Please reach out to directly if you have any additional questions. Good luck!

    Using the study materials

    For the CSP certification, please focus on chapters 1-11 only for the Employment Law for Staffing Professionals (14th ed). For all other materials, you will need to study the full materials* listed below:

    Co-Employment: Employer Liability Issues in Third-Party Staffing Arrangements (9th edition)


    Study suggestions for exam topic breakdown

    • Complete the CSP Practice Exam as a placement test to help narrow your focus by using the Practice Exam Review tool. Make note of the topical areas for questions answered incorrectly and search in the indices of your study materials for further review.
    • Divide your studies by category (i.e. Federal employment Law, State Employment law, Co-Employment and ACA)
    • Divide the Federal employment law and Co-employment information by smaller topic units, to be compared/contrasted with information for State employment law.

     Example of exam analysis topic headings.

    Federal Employment

    Law Topics and Notes

    Co-Employment Notes

    State Law Topics and Notes

    1. Affordable Care Act
    2. Co-Employment Issues
    3. Employee Agreements/Handbook
    4. Employee Benefits
    5. Equal Employment Opportunity Laws
    6. Ethics
    7. FMLA


    1. State-Discrimination
    2. State-Employee Benefits
    3. State-Leave
    4. State-Wage and Hour



    Special Notes about the Final Exam:

    • This is an open-book, open notes exam, however exam takers are highly encouraged to only refer to the materials (if highlighted and tagged) sparingly.
    • The exam questions and all study materials are current on Federal and State law as of February 2019. Please do not use any other employment law references, labor regulations, or any other legislation to prepare for the exam. The exam has not been updated to reflect any changes since it's publish date of July 2019. When the publications and exam questions are updated, several announcements will be made.
    • Accommodations for individuals with a documented history of test anxiety, reading/learning disabilities, or any other personal medical issues which may interfere with completing an ASA certification final exam will be made on an individual basis upon request only. If necessary, the standard final exam testing time (two hours) can be extended to 4-6 hours. Requests for an extended final exam time must be submitted via email PRIOR to taking the final exam.
    • The practice exam questions are not the same as the final exam. They are not more difficult or easier, just different. Each exam-practice or final-will consist of randomly selected questions from the practice and final exam pool. Each attempt will produce a different set of questions arranged randomly. Statistically, the final exam score may range approximately 5-10% lower compared to the scores of the practice exam attempts. Ex. If a person averages an 89% on their practice exam, they will probably score 77-79% on their final exam. It advised that exam takers use the practice exam to become familiar with the exam question formats and to not memorise the practice exam questions.

    Kia Matthews
    Education and Certification Specialist
    American Staffing Association
    Alexandria VA
    (703) 253-2057

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  • 3.  RE: CSP Exam

    Posted 08-09-2022 16:47
    Thank you for the wonderful outline. I just purchased my study materials.  How long would you say someone should study before sitting for the exam? Additionally, do you happen to know of any webinars that touched on the tests ( I will also be doing my own research)

    Aneesa Mohamed
    HR Manager
    Admiral Staffing, Inc.
    New York, NY

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  • 4.  RE: CSP Exam

    Posted 08-10-2022 11:37
    Hi Anessa--You're very welcome! 

    ASA-Certified professionals have reported on average they studied for 1-2 hours per night, 3-4 nights per week for approximately 3-6 months.

    Each credential program is a self-study, self-paced and study time depends on the individual's working knowledge of the staffing industry and employment law.

     Please note: Your certification exam deadline will be one year from the date of processing. 

    If you have any additional questions, please contact me directly at

    Good luck on your certification journey!


    Kia Matthews
    Education and Certification Specialist
    American Staffing Association
    Alexandria VA
    (703) 253-2057

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  • 5.  RE: CSP Exam

    Posted 08-10-2022 11:43

    Just wanted to add – the practice test were a great gage on how much additional studying I needed. 


    Angela Totora, MBA,RN, CHP, LBBP

    Director of Nursing

    504-883-8711 Direct

    504-456-0073 Corporate




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