Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS)

The Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS) is designed for the highly experienced and knowledgeable individual who leads others on their crew. Every Active Member of IKECA must have at least one employee certified as a CECS level or higher.

An individual who passes the CECS exam shall be certified as a “Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS).” Certification is for the individual only. IKECA’s program for Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialists is not designed to provide company certification.

Description Of The Examination

  • Multiple choice, written exam, closed book
  • 150 questions in length
  • Three (3) hours to complete exam
  • Content of exam is primarily on industry codes and standards
  • At the testing location, you will receive an exam booklet with a separate sheet on which to record your answers by filling in a small circle with a pencil
  • Applicant must sign Exam Affidavit Form and agree to Exam Code of Conduct

Exam Content

Codes and Standards in the CECS Exam 

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A CECS Study guide, containing the codes and standards, a practice test and flashcards, can be purchased on IKECA’s online store.

The CECS Examination Quizlet is an excellent study tool that will help you grasp key terms and definitions in preparation for the CECS examination. Quizlet is free and offers a variety of interactive study methods including flashcards, multiple choice tests, listen and type questions and even games! The quiz tool also keeps record of terms that are missed to help you strengthen your knowledge base.

You can also find more ways to prepare for the examination in the CECS Handbook.

Exam Scoring and the Pass-Fail Score

Candidates will receive their grade by mail 10-15 business days after the examination has been returned to the IKECA office. Grades can only be disclosed to or discussed with the candidate.

The pass-fail score for the CECS exam is 70%. In other words, you must answer a minimum of 105 out of 150 questions correctly in order to pass the exam. A candidate’s score is based on the number of correct responses. Each question receives credit if answered correctly and no credit if incorrect or omitted. Therefore, you should answer each question, even if you must guess. If a candidate marks more than one response for a question, that question will be marked incorrect.If a candidate fails the IKECA exam on his or her first attempt, the individual may retake the exam within a one-year period at a cost of $100. If an individual fails the exam on the second attempt, he or she must wait a period of one year from the first attempt to take the exam again, and must pay the full certification exam fees. No more than two exam attempts are allowed within a one year period.

Score Report
Within approximately two to three weeks of taking your test, you will receive a letter that will indicate whether you passed or failed the exam. If you passed, your letter will be followed by a certificate from IKECA and an ID card.

In accordance with IKECA’s privacy policy and in observance of best practices relating to certification, IKECA will mail original Certification Certificates and ID cards to the attention of the Certificate Holder at their address of record. It is the sole responsibility of the Certificate Holder to provide proof of their credential to their employer of record as necessary. This applies to certificates and ID cards initially issued upon successful completion of the certification exam and those issued upon subsequent certification renewals. For this reason, it is imperative that the Certificate Holder informs IKECA of any change of Employer, address and/or contact information as soon as possible. In the event that the candidate requires a duplicate certificate or ID card to be sent directly to their employer of record, the candidate must complete and submit, with applicable additional payment, a Certificate and/or ID Card Replacement Request form with their initial exam application or renewal requirements.

Length of Certification and Renewal
The renewal date of your certification is based on when the exam was taken. Please see the renewal page for more details.

CECS Study Guide

The CECS Study Guide, containing all of the below standards as well as a practice test and flash cards, can be purchased on IKECA’s online store.

NFPA 96 2017 Edition – Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations

ANSI/IKECA C-10 Standard – 2016 Edition Standard for Cleaning of Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Systems

International Mechanical Code (2006)

202 General Definitions
506 Commercial Kitchen Grease Ducts and Exhaust Equipment
507 Commercial Kitchen Hoods
508 Commercial Kitchen Make Up Air
509 Fire Suppression Systems
917 (Solid Fuel) Cooking Appliances

International Fire Code (2006)

904 Alternative Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems, including:
904.2.1 Hood suppression systems
904.3.2 Actuation
904.3.3 System interlocking
904.3.5 Monitoring
904.11 Commercial cooking systems
904.11 thru 904.11.6.5 apply to commercial cooking systems

OSHA Standards:

Hazardous Communication
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (c)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (d)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1 (e)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (f)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (g)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1 (h)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.1200 (i)

Confined Space Entry
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (b)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (c)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (d)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (e)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (g)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.146 (h)

Control of Hazardous Energy (Lock-out / Tag-out)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.147 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.147 (c)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.147 (d)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.147 (e)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.147 (f)

Respiratory Protection
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.134 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.134 (b)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.134 (c)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.134 (d)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.134 (e)

Personal Protective Equipment
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.132 (d)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.132 (f)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.133 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.133 (b)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.135 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.136 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1910.138 (a)

Ladder Safety
Ref: 29 CFR 1926.1053 (a)
Ref: 29 CFR 1926.1053 (b)

**The OSHA portion of the CECS exam has been updated to reflect both U.S. and Canadian health and occupational safety standards. While below are references to OSHA, they are not necessarily included on the exam (if they do not pertain to Canada).