Maintenance of Competence for The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU)

In a previous post we discussed the introduction of The Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). One of the requirements of maintaining an entry on the RQTU is that you maintain your professional competence.

This post outlines the requirements for ‘Maintenance of Competence’ (MoC).

The BPS’s testing qualifications and registration are dependent upon ongoing maintenance of competence and are valid for a period of up to six years. Within six years, holders of the BPS’s qualifications are required to revalidate their testing qualification(s).

Maintenance of professional competence should be achieved by means of work experience and personal professional development, and may be achieved by meeting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or other professional requirements for showing evidence of Maintenance of Competence (MoC).

In order to revalidate registration, a Test User will have to affirm that they have maintained their competence as a Test User, appropriate to the level of qualification they hold, and be in a position to produce relevant evidence of this if requested.

Evidence of MoC may come from:

  • Work experience.
  • Personal professional development.
  • Record keeping.

Evidence of MoC is essentially anything that demonstrates currency of practice, such as an assessment log book, information on projects involving test use, records of attendance at relevant training events etc.

The EFPA guideline is that this should amount to the equivalent of not less than 40 hours per year averaged over a period of not less than four years of the six years.

There are plans to provide online methods for people to log their evidence on an ongoing basis.

Well, what better place to start your MoC than to keep in touch with Selection by Design and our training and consultancy work? As Chartered and Registered Psychologists, we (Barbara and Conor) are continually developing our CPD and MoC logbooks.

Let us know if we can help you with your own work in this area. We would be happy to share our knowledge and experience with you.

Barbara and Conor

PS: We would like to extend thanks to our colleagues on the BPS SCTS for some of the content included in this Blog.

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