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Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET)

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Accredited and verified by the British Psychological Society, this qualification is rapidly becoming the  "industry standard" for competence in using educational psychometric tests. The qualification is nationally accredited and internationally recognised. Those that complete the course and demonstrate their competence are, for a fee, able to apply to the BPS for certification and registration. Note however that the BPS now holds records of annual registration as an indicator of qualification in test use and that this registration has to be renewed annually. Charges by BPS for certification and registration can be found here and are out of our control.

The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (Level A) is an open access course which means that no prequalifications are necessary. It is open to all. The course is relevant to anyone who works in the education sector and who administers and/or wants to understand and interpret tests. It will develop your competence, provide career opportunities and enhance your confidence.

When you book a place on the course, you are allocated a tutor who is an experienced educational psychologist.

The course is made up of four units designed to work sequentially to build up your knowledge and understanding gradually. The range of topics include:   


Defining assessment needs

  • What are psychometric tests and why are they used?
  • Different types of tests and testing
  • Using tests for formative and summative purposes

Administering tests

  • Ensuring adequate preparation of the administrator and the candidate
  • Correctly administering tests according to the manual's requirement to ensure reliable, valid and accurate results
  • Correctly scoring tests

Maintaining security and confidentiality

  • Ensuring best practice with regard to data protection
  • Consideration of who should have access to results and why

Using educational tests of attainment & ability

  • Understanding issues of bias and discrimination
  • Using alternative approaches to testing
  • Deciding when tests should and should not be used
  • Influences of factors such as environment on interpretation of results
  • Making suitable adjustments to tests when it is desirable and appropriate
  • Identifying and reviewing tests are fit for purpose

Statistical principles that underpin psychometric tests

  • Distribution of scores and understanding norm referencing
  • Raw scores and standardised scores
  • Understanding error in tests
  • Reliability and confidence in scores obtained
  • Classical test theory
  • How items are researched and chosen
  • Validity of tests

Interpretation of test data

  • Understanding what scores mean
  • Allowing for test error
  • Taking account of impact of results at the top and bottom of a test’s effective range
  • Integrating test results with other data

Providing feedback

  • Writing good professional assessment reports
  • Taking account of the multiple audiences
  • Sensitivity to expectations of clients and their carers

Instructor: Mark Turner (Real Training Trainer)

When: Wednesday, 4 to Friday, 6 September

Where: UWCSEA East, Conference Centre
Course fees: SG$3300* 
The fees include the CCET three day intensive face to face course, all course materials, web access, individual ongoing assessment and feedback as well as lunch and refreshments during the course. The fees do not include BPS registration fees or access to tests required on the course.
This course is now full. If you are interested in receiving information the next time we run this course, please register your interest here
*The intensive course in the UK costs SG$3650 (£1645+VAT)



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