Changes to the Maintenance of Competence in Occupational Testing
From January 2015, members of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) will be required to adhere to revised Maintenance of Competence requirements in Occupational Testing.
What is Maintenance of Competence?
Maintenance of Competence is the method by which members of the RQTU demonstrate their continued competence in Occupational Testing. Its purpose is to ensure that organisations and members of the public using the services of qualified test users can be confident of their competence, and therefore the professional standards of the services they receive.
The Maintenance of Competence system is also a valuable tool for RQTU members to ensure that they keep their testing-related knowledge and skills current, and to help identify any areas in which additional development is required.
What were the previous Maintenance of Competence requirements?
Maintenance of Competence requirements were introduced in September 2011, with the launch of the revised test user qualification standards. Since this time, RQTU members have been advised that in order to maintain their entry on the RQTU, they are required to revalidate their entry on the RQTU every six years by maintaining their competence in testing and to demonstrate that they have been engaged in appropriate testing-related activities for the equivalent of at least 40 hours per year. Dominic McCanny of Testing Talent is registered on the RQTU and adheres to the competency requirements for Occupational Testing. Click here for registration details.
How do members demonstrate their continued Maintenance of Competence in Occupational Testing?
Each member of the RQTU is now required to maintain their competence in testing at the level of each BPS qualification that they hold. To assess which areas of knowledge they should be competent in, they need to refer to the table of modules relating to each qualification.
In order to demonstrate their continued competence in each British Psychological Society testing qualification that they hold, the PTC will contact the member and will inform them that by paying their annual RQTU fee (including Direct Debit payments) they are confirming that they have:
i. maintained a personal record of the activities that they have carried out that contribute to their Maintenance of Competence, and
ii. carried out an appropriate level of testing-related activities in at least 12 of the last 24 months, and have maintained the required level of competence relevant to each BPS qualification that they hold.
RQTU members are also requested to read and comply with the Maintenance of Competence in testing. For further information visit the Psychological Test Centre website www.psychtesting.org.uk
Maintenance of Competence in Occupational Testing for Eurotest Certificate Holders
The Maintenance of Competence requirement for Euro Test certificate holders differs from the requirement described above, as this standard is set by the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA). Holders of the Euro Test Certificate should be able to demonstrate that they have been engaged in appropriate testing-related activities for the equivalent of at least 40 hours per year, and that they have attained this average of 40 hours per year for at least four of the previous five years. For further details of this requirement please see www.efpa.eu/professional-development/assessment. By meeting the Maintenance of Competence activities for Euro Test, members should automatically have covered the BPS’s Maintenance of Competence requirements.