Psychometric Certification – British Psychological Society Levels 1 & 2

What the course covers

In this course, participants master the science behind psychometric evaluations. They learn how to examine, evaluate, select, administer and score a wide range of tests in workplace settings. Finally, they explain what the results mean for candidates and corporate clients.

After completing the course, participants register with the BPS as a Level 2 qualified test user (RQTU). Then, they can apply for the Euro Test Certificate (EuroTU) from the European Federation of Psychological Associations.

Course objectives include:

This foundation-level coursework teaches participants to administer psychometric tests correctly. It offers basic instruction on ethics and best practices. Students learn standard and reliable methods that they can apply to many tests.
By the end of Level 1 training, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the range of available ability and aptitude tests
  • Know which aptitude tests to use in a given situation
  • Conduct mini-job analyses and identify assessment requirements
  • Understand other assessment methods and the validities associated with them
  • Administer, score and interpret aptitude tests
  • Make informed recommendations using aptitude test data
  • Give quality feedback to decision-makers, clients and candidates
  • Integrate tests into a corporate recruitment or review process
  • Understand statistical concepts used in testing
  • Evaluate the reliability and validity evidences of ability tests
By the end of BPS Level 2 Training, participants should be able to:

  • Show increased awareness and understanding of differences between individuals
  • Integrate personality assessments into corporate selection and development activities
  • Decide which questionnaires are appropriate for which situations
  • Administer, score and interpret personality questionnaires
  • Give professional selection feedback to candidates and hiring managers
  • Use personality questionnaire information to support structured interviewing
  • Critically assess the value of different tools for different purposes
  • Identify and reject inflated claims of validity, including ‘Barnum’ and ‘horoscope’ effects
  • Relate personality factors to organizations’ core competencies
  • Write selection reports for hiring authorities
  • Write development reports to help candidates develop greater self-awareness
  • Maintain appropriate records and data for audit, research and feedback purposes
  • Demonstrate professional best practices and compliance with employment legislation

Who should attend

Human Resources and training professionals, executive coaches, consultants, counsellors and psychologists can benefit greatly from this course. It requires intensive learning and commitment, however. We encourage participants to join only if they are truly motivated to learn.

Past participants have included:

  • Human Resources managers and department heads
  • Training managers
  • Line managers
  • Coaches
  • Career counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Recruitment consultants
  • Students studying HR and Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Course facilitators

Professor Stephen A. Woods

BPS-verified assessor

Stephen A. Woods

Chartered psychologist
Verified assessor with BPS
Creator of Trait Personality Assessment

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Dr. Mariya Jilinskaya

Chartered Psychologist

Dr. Mariya Jilinskaya

Chartered psychologist registered with BPS
IIBP-accredited master facilitator
Professor of Psychology

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Vijai Pandey

IIBP master facilitator

Vijai Pandey

IIBP-accredited master facilitator
12 years of experience in psychometric test development

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Course structure

Pre-coursework: Pre-coursework consists of the completion of an assessed workbook. The workbook is supported by a detailed set of course notes, which will help you to complete the workbook questions. In total, you should allow around 20 hours to complete the pre-coursework.

Lectures and classroom sessions: A series of lectures and information sessions delivered by Chartered Psychologists.

Independent working: Completion of a set of written reports for both workshops.

Small group practical work and drop in sessions: To give you the opportunity to put your administration and feedback skills into practice, you will be working in small groups and running ‘real-life’ testing sessions.

The curriculum includes:

  • What is occupational testing?
  • Categories of psychometric tests
  • Modes of test administration
  • Managed test administration – preparation, execution and reporting
  • Managing problems with remote testing
  • Testing candidates with special needs
  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • Justifiable adverse impact
  • Best practices in data protection and privacy

  • Theories of intelligence
  • Roots of intelligence: Nature or nurture
  • Two-factor model of intelligence

Norm groups and standardization

  • Descriptive statistics as used in psychometrics
  • ‘Normal’ distribution
  • Different scales of measurement
  • Composition of norm groups
  • Sample statistics: Standard error of the mean
  • Gender & ethnicity

Reliability and errors in measurement

  • Classical test theory
  • Correlational statistics
  • Significance levels
  • Systematic error
  • Standard error of measurement
  • Item response theory


  • Types of validity
  • Bias in validity
  • Restriction of range
  • Criterion problem
  • Criterion contamination
  • Validity generalization

Feedback and reporting on ability tests

  • Best practices in giving feedback
  • Feedback and report-writing for aptitude tests
Validity issues in personality assessments 

  • Validity issues for personality questionnaires
  • Statistical analysis versus pragmatic value
  • Probability and conditional probability
  • Multiple regression for personality questionnaires

Approaches to assessing personality 

  • Developing questionnaires: rational, empirical and theoretical approaches
  • Methods of personality and performance assessment
  • Response style and distortion in personality questionnaires
  • Forms of distortion
  • Minimizing and controlling distortion
  • Transparent versus opaque instruments
  • Ipsative versus normative scaling
  • Spurious validity
  • Pseudo-scientific measures of personality

Personality assessment and interpretation 

  • Learning appropriate to the vast majority of personality assessments
  • Specific focus on the TRAIT Questionnaire
  • Optional learning and accreditation for TRAIT Questionnaire
  • Consideration of multiple other personality assessments

Feedback on personality assessments 

  • Introduction to feedback
  • Purposes of feedback
  • Preparation for feedback
  • Feedback skills
  • The feedback interview structure
  • Discussing results of personality assessments

Written reports on personality assessments

  • The Interim Report
  • The Integrated Report


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Upcoming Programmes:

BPS Level-2, Dubai: 8-10 March 2018
BPS Level-2, Muscat: 15-17 March, 2018
BPS Level-2, Riyadh : 22-24 March 2018
BPS Level-2, New Delhi: 07-09 Sep 2018
BPS Level-2, Mumbai: 19-21 Oct 2018

For the programmes in India, the course fee is INR55000/-. A discount of INR5000/- available to those who submit their registration at least 30 days before the workshop dates. For workshops in the Middle East, the course fee is USD 2000/- per participant.

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