Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations (2000, superceded in 2009, provided for historical perspective)

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Reference Title: Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations (2000)
Author: International Task Force on Assessment Center Guidelines
Publication Type: Statement Promulgated By A Professional Group
Publication Date: 2000
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 1
Price: $10.00
About This Course: The most recent revision of the Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations, endorsed by the 28th International Congress on the Assessment Center Methods (May 2000).
  1. Overview of this CE Home-Study Program
  2. Information About the Course
    1. Educational Objectives
    2. Target Audience
    3. Schedule
    4. Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy
    5. Author Credentials
    6. Number of CE Credits Offered
    7. Location and Format
    8. Detailed Description of Program Material
  3. Conflict of Interest Statement

1. Overview of this CE program (top)

This home study course entails the independent study of the Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations (International Task Force on Assessment Center Guidelines, 2000), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. PParticipants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 1 CE credit. Failing participants may retake the test as often as they wish at no additional charge, and receive CE credit when they do pass.

A copy of the reading for this course is available for free download at the International Congress on Assessment Center Methods web site.

More detailed information on the content of this article is given in section 2h below.

APR Testing Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APR Testing Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

2.a Educational Objectives (top)

Upon completion of this home study program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the purpose of the guidelines.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of past revisions of the guidelines.
  3. Define assessment center activities.
  4. Apply the ethical considerations for assessor training.

2.b Target Audience (top)

This CE program is intended for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree. The course may be taken by other interested professionals (e.g.,senior human resource executives and consultants; upper-level managers).

2.c Schedule (top)

Access to program registration and post-test is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2.d Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy (top)

The fee for this home-study program is $10, which is $10 per CE credit. The fee is fully refundable for 60 days or until the post-test is taken, whichever comes first.

A copy of the reading for this course is available for free download at the International Congress on Assessment Center Methods web site.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

From the International Congress on Assessment Center Methods web site:

The International Congress on Assessment Center Methods is an annual conference for assessment and HR professionals to discuss trends, research and new developments. The conference is a mix of general and concurrent sessions and offers the opportunity to network with assessment professionals from around the world as well as the chance to meet some of the leaders in assessment center methodology.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 1 CE credit.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of the Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations (International Task Force on Assessment Center Guidelines, 2000). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the content of the material.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

International Task Force on Assessment Center Guidelines (2000). Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations. Public Personnel Management, 29, 315-331.

From the reading:

This document is intended to establish professional guidelines and ethical considerations for users of the assessment center method. These guidelines are designed to cover both existing and future applications. The title "assessment center" is restricted to those methods that follow these guidelines.

These guidelines will provide: (1) guidance to industrial/organizational psychologists, organizational consultants, human resource management specialists and generalists, and others designing and conducting assessment centers; (2) information to managers deciding whether or not to institute assessment center methods; (3) instruction to assessors serving on the staff of an assessment center; and (4) guidance on the use of technology in assessments of jobs. During this period pressures to modify the assessment center method came from three different sources. First, there had been attempts to streamline the procedures to make them less time-consuming and expensive. Second, new theoretical arguments and evidence from empirical research had been interpreted to mean that the assessment center method does not work exactly as its proponents originally had believed, suggesting that the method should be modifed. Third, many procedures purporting to be assessment centers had not complied with previous guidelines because the guidelines may have been too ambiguous. Revisions in the 1989 third edition were designed to incorporate needed changes and to respond to some of the concerns raised from 1979-89.

3. Conflict of Interest Statement (top)

APR Testing Services (APR) has no known conflict of interest with respect to this CE program. APR has not received any commercial support for this CE program.