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Qualification Levels

Pearson publishes a wide variety of tests for all kinds of users—tests that may be administered by paraprofessionals or by educational specialists with differing backgrounds in assessments, and tests that require an advanced level of training to administer and interpret the test results. Some tests, such as intelligence tests, are restricted to individuals with specific training. Others, such as some checklists of adaptive behaviours, provide examiners with useful information and do not require indepth interpretation.

Pearson has established a policy for qualifying individuals, organizations, or agencies to purchase tests. A three-level (A, B, C) classification system differentiates products according to the types of purchasers to whom tests may be sold.

Qualification Policy

Please establish your qualification level for purchases by completing the Customer Registration Form. For faster service, fax the form to 1-800-665-7307, or attach it along with your order.

Pearson is committed to maintaining professional standards in testing as stated in the Professional Affairs Committee Working Group on Test Publishing Industry Safeguards sanctioned by the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. A central principle of professional test use is that individuals should use only those tests for which they have the appropriate training and expertise. Pearson supports this principle by stating qualifications for the use of particular tests, and selling tests to individuals who provide credentials that meet those qualifications. The policies that Pearson uses to comply with the professional testing practices are described below.

The “User” is the individual who assumes responsibility for all aspects of appropriate test use, including administration, scoring, interpretation, and application of results. Some tests may be administered or scored by individuals with less training, as long as they are under the supervision of a qualified User.

Each test manual will provide additional detail on administration, scoring, and/or interpretation requirements and options for the particular test.

We accept orders from individuals when the Customer Registration Form has been submitted and accepted. All tests are classified by a User qualification code. See the specific test descriptions in the catalogue or on our online product pages for these qualification levels.

Qualification Level A:

There are no special qualifications to purchase these products.

Qualification Level B:

Tests may be purchased by individuals with:

  • A Master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.

Or

  • Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization such as the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), or other North American organizations such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the American Counselling Association (ACA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.

Or

  • A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field.

Or

  • Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.

Qualification Level C:

Tests with a C qualification require a high level of expertise in test interpretation, and can be purchased by individuals with:

  • A doctorate degree in psychology, education, or closely related field with formal training in the ethical administration, scoring and interpretation of clinical assessments related to the intended use of the assessment.

Or

  • Licensure or certification by a provincial College of Psychology to practice in your province in a field related to the purchase.

Or

  • Certification by or full membership in a professional organization such as College of Psychology, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP), the Canadian Association of School Psychologists (CASP) or other North American organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.