Psychometric Testing Training Programme -Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly are psychometric assessments?

The KinchLyons / Podium Psychometric Testing Certification Programme will enable you to comptently use occupational assessments, which are also sometimes known as psychometric tests . These are carefully constructed tools which provide objective measures of psychological attributes that are meaningful for work performance and satisfaction. Occupational testing is often used in the workplace to select the best candidates for the role and to coach, guide and develop employees or career-seekers. Psychometric assessments can significantly enhance and predict individual, team and organisational performance and satisfaction. See our overview of psychometrics and the accreditation programmes that we offer here.

Why is training required to use them?

Psychometric tools are very powerful and so, it is essential that practitioners have the correct knowledge to use them competently, ethically and fairly. Because of this, the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) have set psychometric test training standards which all practitioners need to meet. Our training adheres to these requirements and is therefore considered the gold standard in psychometric testing qualifications.

Who created the content?

The content for our psychometric testing certification programme was created by our UK partners, Podium, and is delivered via Podium365; a custom-built, state-of-the-art e-learning platform. The training is not only practical, current and easy to follow, it is highly engaging and can be completed in your own time.

What psychometric testing certification courses are offered?

Our psychometric testing certification programme offers two courses in psychometric testing, which correspond to the practitioner levels outlined by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

Our Level 1 online psychometrics course – The Podium Access Course (PAC) – delivers foundational training at the level of Assistant Test User outlined by the BPS and EFPA. This course introduces you to the science of the psychology that sits behind testing and will allow you to gain an understanding of the different psychological attributes which we can measure through psychometrics. See our course brochure for the Level 1 PAC / ATU certification programme here.

Once this has been completed you will be eligible to complete your Level 2 Professional Test User course, which contains two components – TUA (Test User Ability) and TUP (Test User Personality). Previously, these components were delivered separately and were known as the BPS Level A and Level B certifications in psychometric testing (respectively). See our course brochure for the Level 2 TUA / TUP certification programme here.

This online psychometric accreditation programme will equip you with an in-depth understanding the Podium range of assessments and how to interpret them, and certify you to purchase the majority of tests offered by other test publishers. You will learn how to determine which psychometric assessments are a best fit for your needs and will be able to practice independently as a test user – administering and feeding back assessments to candidates and employees.

Who is the accreditation body and what does certification mean for me?

Once you have completed both training courses you will be receive a certificate from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

This psychometric testing certification training programme will also certify you to register your credentials on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). This will allow employers and clients to verify your training and allow test publishers to determine your eligibility to purchase their assessments. Additionally, membership with the RQTU enables you to access psychological and psychometric tests which would otherwise be restricted, as well as full BPS Test Reviews to aid test selection.

The annual administration fee for registration to the RQTU is £41.00

What will I learn on this psychometric testing certification course?

The course outline for the PAC is below:

Course Structure

Module 1 Introduction to Podium e-learning
Module 2 Introduction to psychometrics
Module 3 Podium assessments
Module 4 Choosing tests
Module 5 Test administration
Module 6 Understanding test results
Module 7 Podium Ability tests and reports
Module 8 Podium Personality Assessments and reports
Module 9 Appropriate use of computer reports
Module 10 Communicating feedback – ability results
Module 11 Communicating feedback – personality results
Module 12 Professional and ethical responsibilities
Module 13 Test Scoring and Additional Standardised Scores

The course outline for the TUA/TUP is below

Course Structure

Module 1 Theories of Individual Difference
Module 2 Constructing Tests
Module 3 How to Choose and When to Use: Evaluating Tests
Module 4 Practical Issues for Test Use: Fairness and Distortion Challenges
Module 5 Understanding Results
Module 6 Communicating Results to Stakeholders

Why KinchLyons / Podium psychometric test training and not another provider?

KinchLyons/Podium offers the following benefits over other providers of psychometric testing training:

Value for Money:  KinchLyons/Podium e-learning psychometric test training is the most cost effective programme on the market, thanks to our innovative e-learning platform, which allows us to keep costs low without compromising quality; this is a savings which we pass back to you.

We offer additional discounts for groups. Contact us at KinchLyons to find out more.

Immediate Accreditation:  Unlike with many other providers, there is no additional examination or portfolio work. All assessment takes place on the course, so once you’re done you’re qualified to use and administer psychometric assessments – passed, certified and ready to go.

Delivery Options:  Depending on your preferences and budget, we can offer training through our engaging e-learning platform, through classroom-based or virtual learning with an instructor, or through a mix of the above. We also offer psychometric training through both open and private groups. Contact us at KinchLyons to find out more.

Assessments: By completing the KinchLyons/Podium accreditation programme, you will be trained on Podium’s suite of psychometric tools, though your certification in psychometric testing with us will allow you to purchase the majority of other psychometric assessments from credible test suppliers also. Podium’s superior offerings include their signature personality test Perspectives (based on the Big 5 model of personality), the GCAT measure of general mental ability, the Derailers assessment, which identifies less flattering personality traits which can emerge under pressure, as well as tools to assist with career development, to promote well-being and more. Further details can be found here https://www.podium365.com/assessments

How much do the psychometric testing certification courses cost?

Level 1 PAC / ATU costs just €220.

Level 2 TUA & Level 2 TUP cost just €750 combined for both certifications.

A further discount of 15.5% is applied when both courses are purchased together – just €830 for ATU, TUA and TUP.

Other discounts are available for private group purchases. If your organisation is interested in rolling out psychometric test training in Ireland or abroad for groups of 5 or more, please contact us.

I’m already accredited to use certain psychometric instruments, why do I need a BPS / EFPA accredited Level 1 and Level 2 certification?

Some psychometric test publishers allow the purchase of individual psychometric assessments without completing Level 1 or Level 2. However, normally there will be a requirement to participate in specific training in order to use the psychometric assessment in question.

While occasionally publishers may still require you to undergo additional assessment specific training on top of your Level 1 and Level 2 in order to purchase specific assessments, generally speaking, being certified in Level 1 and Level 2 alone will enable you to purchase the majority of psychometric assessments on the market.

In addition, the knowledge which the Level 1 and Level 2 programmes will equip you with is much more in-depth, with topics ranging from fair and ethical administration, to norms and standard deviations used to score and interpret assessments, to your professional and legal responsibilities as a psychometric test user. This training will help to ensure that any test which you subsequently use will be managed effectively, competently, fairly and legally.

How is the course delivered?

See Delivery Options under “Why KinchLyons / Podium training and not another provider?”

Is there additional portfolio work / assignments?

See Immediate Accreditation under “Why KinchLyons / Podium training and not another provider?”

Are there discounted group rates?

Yes. Please contact us for further details.

I’m ready – how can I make my purchase?

If you would like to get started straight away, please visit our online training store at https://kltrainingstore-podium.talentlms.com/. If you need any support at any stage through your journey, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below. Good luck, from the whole team at KinchLyons!

For further information, please contact us at info@kinchlyons.ie or purchase your course by visiting our online psychometric test training store.