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INDICATORS OF QUALITY IN A LABORATORY ANALYST CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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The development and implementation of a quality laboratory analyst certification program requires attention to details that are often overlooked by certification programs. Ensuring that a certification candidate possesses the necessary knowledge and laboratory skills is, obviously, one of the most important focuses for certification. How the candidate's knowledge and skills are measured is a critical component of the certification process. The need for fairness and accuracy of the measurement process cannot be overstated–it is required by federal law.

For the measurement process to be appropriate, it must be related to competencies that are required for performance in the laboratory. Certification exams must focus on the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to assure the public that a person can competently perform the job. The principal steps normally taken for certification exams to be “valid” include 1) conduct a job analysis, 2) develop an exam, 3) establish a cut score.

Other indicators of program quality include education and experience standards, renewal and recertification requirements, revocation and other program policies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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