Certified Healthcare Emergency Power Professional (CHEPP®)
The CHEPP® program is for any individual responsible for the maintenance, testing, and compliance of an emergency power supply system (EPSS) seeking to highlight their experience in the industry. A Motor and Generator Institute certification provides many benefits:
- Competitive Advantage: Certification can set you apart from other professionals in your field, showing that you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in emergency power supply systems. This can give you an advantage, which is particularly important with ever-increasing requirements and changing technology.
- Increase Earning Potential: Time and effort devoted to certification show a commitment to professional development in the emergency power field. An MGI certification shows you are well versed in operation, maintenance, testing, and compliance of an emergency power supply system (EPSS).
- Professional Credibility: Once an individual has earned their CHEPP® designation, that individual may use it for professional communications, such as letterheads, office stationery, business cards, directory listings, and in signatures. Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning.
“I have been studying the CHEPP course and WOW you did an excellent job. I have been in Facilities 20+ years and I am learning and growing professionally.“ – Dewayne
“I am proud to earn this designation and look forward to continuing to progress my knowledge but also help our industry progress and make our facilities safer!“ – Odell
Codes and Standards used in the development of Motor and Generator Institute’s certification program:
- NFPA 70, National Electrical Code®
- NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code® (Health Care)
- NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®
- NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) (Health Care)
- The Joint Commission – Environment of Care (EC) Section (Health Care)
- DNV Healthcare – Physical Environment (PE) Section (Health Care)
About the Creator
Dan Chisholm Sr., President of MGI Consulting Services, currently serves as the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committees responsible for NFPA 110, Emergency and Standby Power Systems, NFPA 111, Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems, and a technical committee member of the Electrical Section of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, while also serving as a primary emergency power consultant to the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the Department of Defense.
Who is it for?
The CHEPP® program was developed for ANY individual responsible for the maintenance, testing, or compliance of an emergency power supply system (EPSS). An MGI certification shows you are well versed in current codes and standards, manufacturer requirements, and AHJ expectations.
What does it cover?
- Requirements: Several standards have something to say about maintenance and testing of EPSSs; however, all the standards refer to NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, for the “final word.”
- Safety: Make sure you follow NFPA and OSHA requirements for training and safety of personnel, including specific PPE recommendations.
- Maintenance: Each component of the EPSS (batteries, cooling, fuel, etc) require specific tasks to be performed at certain intervals.
- Inspections: Performing a visual inspection of your EPSS on a weekly basis is a MUST. Use MGI’s weekly inspection checklist to discover issues before the next generator run.
- Testing: Monthly and triennial testing are essential to extending the life of your EPSS and uncover under-performing items before the next emergency. Also, documentation is REQUIRED for AHJ compliance.
- Health Care Facilities: NFPA 99 requirements and breakdown of the Essential Electrical Distribution System (life safety, critical, and equipment branch) and what circuits belong to each.
How is it different?
The Motor and Generator Institute certification program is the ONLY online course covering emergency power supply system maintenance, testing, and compliance in a single curriculum. Other courses only cover standards and basic maintenance, plus cost upwards of $1,100 for a two-day session. MGI’s certification program covers all NFPA, manufacturer, and AHJ requirements, plus detailed inspection and testing procedures.
How does it work?
Each student receives a username and password to access the MGI website. Students have the option of taking the online course to prepare for the exam, however, it is not a requirement. The certification exam is provided online 24 x 7 x 365. Students may take the exam at any time.
What do I get?
Students who successfully pass the 100-question final exam are issued a certificate from MGI. The certificate can be printed on the website for documentation and proof of training to the AHJ. Each student also receives access to the 37+ video online course and practice quizzes.
Once an individual has earned their certification, that individual may use it for professional communications, such as letterheads, office stationery, business cards, directory listings, and in signatures. Students have 365 days to complete the certification program.
Program Fee: $299
The CHEPP® certification exam is $299 per person. Each student receives access to the EPSS maintenance, testing, and compliance manual as their study guide, along with 37+ videos covering each topic. Sample quizzes are also provided before taking the exam. Students who pass the exam will receive immediate access to print their certificate.
When and How?
Students have 365 days from the issuance of their login to complete the examination. The certification exams are administered and hosted by Motor and Generator Institute. To take the certification exam, you must currently have a username and password.
The CHEPP® exam is one-hundred (100) questions, open-book and timed. Students have two (2) hours (120 min) to complete the exam and earn their certification. Candidates will receive his/her score once the final examination has ended. Candidates must answer (70%) or more of the questions correctly to achieve a passing grade.
Renewal of Certification
Attaining certification is an indication of mastery of a well-defined body of knowledge at a point in time. Periodic renewal of the certification is required to maintain certified status. Initial certification, or renewal of certification, is valid for three (3) years. To renew your certification, students must complete a 1-hour re-certification training course and exam. Certificate holders will be notified by email 90, 60, and 30 days from expiration. Students will be contacted using the email registered on the MGI website.
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The study guide is comprised of the Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS): Maintenance, Testing, and Compliance Manual, 37+ videos, and practice questions. Students with a current login can access the manual online and print for insertion into a three-ring binder. Students also receive immediate access to the maintenance and testing online course, plus the compliance update video. Practice questions are administered on the MGI website. It is not required but HIGHLY recommended students review the M&T video course, plus the compliance update video before attempting the exam. ALL questions on the exam will come from the EPSS manual.
Students at a minimum must obtain a copy of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, 2019* Edition. Plus, a copy of NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities, 2012 edition, but not required.
*Any differences between the 2010 and 2019 edition of NFPA 110 will be noted.
Professional Standards of Conduct
A candidate, who has been accepted into the program and/or a certificate holder by Motor and Generator Institute agrees to conduct himself/herself in an ethical and professional manner. This includes demonstrating practice-related behavior that is indicative of professional integrity. By acceptance into the program and/or issuance of a certificate, the candidate or certified person agrees to do the following:
- Maintain professional competence
- Demonstrate work behavior that exemplifies the ability to perform safely, competently, and with good judgment
- Conduct activities with honesty and integrity
- Avoid discriminating against any individual based on age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status
- Avoid conflicts of interest
- Abide by laws, rules, and regulations of duly authorized agencies regulating the industry
- Abide by rules and regulations governing programs conducted by MGI
An infraction is a misconduct for which acceptance into the program, granting of certification, or renewal of certification may be delayed or denied, or for which acceptance in the program or certification may be revoked by Motor and Generator Institute.