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In 1991 the British Psychological Society (BPS) established the internationally-recognised standards for using psychological assessments - since also adopted by European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA). To ensure the quality of training of Test Users, the BPS appoints Chartered Psychologists as Verified Assessors to train and affirm the competence of psychologists and non-psychologists in using psychometric tests ethically and effectively. Psychometrix has been a BPS Verified Assessor since 2001, and over the past twenty years has trained over 1,800 professionals in how to use tests for selection, personal, performance and career development, and educational support. The BPS provides qualifications aimed at professionals in three areas:

Occupational testing :
 Assistant Test User     Test User      Specialist in Test Use

Educational testing :
 Assistant Test User     Test User

Forensic testing :
 Assistant Test User     Test User

Who are the qualifications for?

The BPS qualifications in psychological testing are relevant to anybody wishing to make use of tests in educational, forensic or occupational settings, as it is based solely on the ability to demonstrate appropriate competence. There are no pre-requisites for working towards the qualifications in psychological testing, though some qualifications require the successful completion of prior qualifications. However, not having experience of working in the context where the testing will take place may provide a significant obstacle to achieving the qualification. It must be stressed that the scheme is focused on psychological testing and is not a qualification in educational, forensic or occupational psychology.

Professionals who take these courses include:

  • Occupational professionals working in an HR department, employment agency or consultancy offering testing services, whose role involves testing for personnel selection, development or career guidance and advice.

  • Educational professionals working in a school or for a local authority, whose role involves testing children to understand their strengths and specific learning needs or providing careers guidance.

  • Professionals working in forensic contexts such as a prison, secure hospital, court or probation service, whose role involves assessing offenders’ risk of re-offending.

  • A BPS qualification in test use gives you the following benefits:

  • 1. Certification that you are trained to the internationally recognised gold standard in Occupational, Educational or Forensic testing, giving you access to psychological tests that would otherwise be restricted.

  • 2. Membership of the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU), the online register of those current and active BPS-qualified test users.

  • 3.   Free online access to reviews of over 160 psychological / psychometric tests

  • 4.   Free e-Subscription to The Psychologist, the monthly publication of the British Psychological Society, eligibility to join the Divisions, Sections and Special Groups of the BPS, access to the BPS members benefits package and the opportunity to upgrade to Affiliate Membership of BPS for a discounted rate receive discounts on BPS workshops, conferences and events.

  • 5.   Quarterly editions of Assessment & Development Matters (ADM) delivered to you and available online at the PTC website

  • 6.   Discounted rates on selected Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) training courses such as ‘Neuroscience for leaders and managers’, ‘The psychology of influencing and negotiation’, ‘An introduction to the psychology of management’, ‘The psychology of coaching: Individuals and teams’ and ‘ The psychology of organisational culture and climate’.

 

Other benefits include:

  • A clear specification of what test users need to know and be able to do to use tests effectively and ethically in different contexts

  • A set of minimum standards for the use of tests and testing procedures

  • A flexible approach to training which allows test users to choose qualifications most appropriate to their current context whilst also giving them a route for the ongoing development of their competence

  • Evidence of nationally recognised qualifications which will be transferable between training providers whose assessment methods have been deemed as appropriate by the Society, and between various publishers and other suppliers of test materials a Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing which outlines the responsibilities and expectations of test users (see Appendix 1)

  • A clear specification of what test users need to know and be able to do in order to use tests effectively and ethically in different contexts

  • Employment opportunities through registering qualified test users on the RQTU where their qualifications can be readily checked by potential employers and where their new qualifications are automatically updated

  • A specific set of objectives for students which they can match against the content of their training course and related assessments.