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
The Euro-Test Certificate
In addition the BPS offers the Level 2 Euro-Test Certificate. This award is accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) and is available to all test users holding both a Test User: Occupational, Ability and Test User: Occupational, Personality qualification. Currently this qualification is not available for educational or forensic testing.
Assistant Test Users:
An Assistant Test User will be an individual who uses specific tests in well-defined and constrained contexts and operates within organisational policies and directives on testing and test use. This may include routine recruitment and selection procedures, pre and post-programme assessment or standardised assessment for staff development programmes. Their level of training ensures they:
Are able to administer and score specific tests under the supervision of a person qualified at Test User level or above.
Have awareness of broader issues related to testing and test use, of limitations and value of using tests, and know when to seek expert help.
Are not able to make choices about which tests should be used or provide interpretations of test scores beyond those in standard reports.
Are able to make choices between tests and to determine when to use or not use them.
Have an understanding of the technical qualities required of tests sufficient for understanding, but not for test construction.
Can work independently as a test user.
Have the necessary knowledge and skills to interpret specific tests.
May be working in occupational contexts within an HR department, employment agencies or consultancies offering testing services. This may involve testing for personnel selection, development or career guidance and advice.
In educational contexts may be working in a school and involved in testing groups of children and/or individuals to understand their strengths and specific learning needs.
In forensic contexts may be working in prisons, secure hospitals, courts or probation services or elsewhere in a justice context and may be assessing offenders’ risk of reoffending.
Specialist in Test Use:
This is currently available only for testers working in the occupational context. Typically this person will be an experienced psychologist who has specialised in test use and will have completed a number of qualifications relating to a variety of different tests and types of tests. Some users in this category may come from related professions (e.g. from HR in the case of occupational testing), having acquired the necessary additional knowledge and skills through other training and professional practice. Depending upon their particular profile of competence and skills, holders of the Specialist in Test Use qualification may be:
Able to provide advice and consultancy on testing
Able to train others in test use
Able to construct tests for use in occupational settings
Able to provide expert evidence in court cases
Obtaining the BPS Qualification in Psychological Testing and Assessment of Competence
In order to obtain one of the qualifications in psychological testing, test users need to have their competence affirmed in all of the appropriate modules that make up the qualification by our Verified Assessor. Once competence has been affirmed, test users can apply to have their qualification registered with the BPS. The qualification must be registered with the Society within 12 months of the training and assessment having been completed. If the qualification is not registered within 12 months the Assessor will need to satisfy themselves that the test user is still competent for the qualification, and to reaffirm the qualification. The fee to register the qualification(s) with the Society must be paid within 12 months of the application being sent by the Assessor on behalf of the applicant. If the fee is not paid within 12 months, the applicant will be required to seek re-affirmation of competence from a Verified Assessor and to resubmit their application. When qualifications are registered with the BPS and the annual Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) fee has been paid, the qualifications will appear on the test user’s record on the RQTU.
The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)
The purpose of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) is to show that an individual has achieved one or more of the BPS’s qualifications in test use, is actively involved in psychological testing and has agreed to abide by the BPS’s Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing. The RQTU allows employers or others wanting to engage a qualified test user to check an individual’s qualifications in testing. The BPS encourages employers to use competent test users only. It is, therefore, important that test users maintain their annual entry on the RQTU.