ERIC Number: ED396132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-28
Certification Testing Program for Entry-Level Electronics Technician Skills. National Skill Standards Development Project. Final Report.
Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC.
The final work of the National Skill Standards Development Project (NSSDP) is to create a model for developing and administering a certification program for electronics technicians based on already developed skill standards. During its first 2 years, NSSDP has developed over 300 standards for work-ready, entry-level electronics technicians; developed measurement criteria to assess skill mastery; and determined the need for a program to assess the skill-based competency of entry-level technicians. The model certification program describes a structure and process to create, validate, administer, and protect the test and to record test results. Two tests have been structured--a technical skill exam and a technical fundamentals exam. Proposals from testing organizations for contract support in developing a test bank or pool and test forms are being reviewed. The test administration process includes these components: registration of examinees and verification of registrants; establishment of test sites and appointment of proctors; development and distribution of test guides; onsite test administration; test scoring; and securing of tests and results. Issues of data management related to scoring and security have been covered. Three options for program management are being considered: management by an existing industry organization, establishment of an independent test management organization, and assumption of program management by an existing independent organization. (YLB)
Descriptors: Competence, Educational Certificates, Electronic Technicians, Electronics Industry, Information Management, Job Skills, National Standards, Postsecondary Education, Program Administration, Program Development, Student Certification, Student Evaluation, Technical Education, Test Construction, Testing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see ED 389 946, CE 071 859-860, and CE 071 909-910.