Zircon Level A Certificate Training Courses

January 21st, 2011 by Sarah Green Leave a reply »


We run Level A training courses to up-skill you to purchase, administer, score, interpret and feedback Level A tests for recruitment, development and coaching.

Our Level A Courses take one of two formats:

• Distance Learning – 2 days distance learning and 2 days face to face

• Executive – 3 days distance learning with telephone coaching and support and 1 day face to face (for a maximum of two delegates)

The selection of the most suitable course depends on the client preference and availability for classroom based training.

Level A Training

Occupational tests and questionnaires are used in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes ranging from the selection of employees to staff development and talent assessment. Before using any tests or questionnaires it is your responsibility to ensure that they are being used fairly and ethically.

The use of occupational tests for selection and development is increasing in the UK. The 2001 Recruitment Study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 60.1% of respondents used tests of specific skills in selection, 54.5% used general ability tests and 44.6% used either literacy or numeracy tests. The main reason for using such tests was given as assessing the fit of candidates to specific jobs followed by measuring specific skills or abilities.

There are a vast range of commercially available tests with over 5000 psychological instruments now available in the English language. Consequently, the complexities of test administration and interpretation are growing. And as a result, information gathered via testing is particularly susceptible to misinterpretation and misuse. For this reason the British Psychological Society (BPS) has introduced the Level A Certificate of Competency in Occupational Testing. This aims to ensure that all those wishing to purchase occupational tests have an accepted level of knowledge of the key issues involved in this process.

This course is verified and run by a team of Chartered Psychologists covers all the criteria laid down by the BPS regarding the use of occupational tests. You will then be able to apply for your Level A certificate from the BPS should you wish to and purchase any occupational or personality tests offered by the major UK test publishers.

For information about the costs for Level A training please contact the Zircon office 01737 555 862.

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