Court Approved Content Validation of Minimum Qualifications (Buster, Roth, & Bobko, 2005)

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Reference Title: A process for content validation of education and experience-based minimun qualifications: an approach resulting in federal court approval (Buster, Roth & Bobko, 2005)
Author: Buster, M. A., Roth, P. L., & Bobko, P.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Publication Date: 2005
Course Level: Advanced
Credits: 2
Price: $20.00
About This Course: This article discusses issues raised by a federal court during litigation and describes how the court ruled on each when it approved the authors' procedure for developing minimum qualifications.
  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 journal article "A process for content validation of education and experience-based minimun qualifications: an approach resulting in federal court approval" (Buster, Roth & Bobko, 2005), followed by the completion of a multiple-choice test on-line. Participants who receive a passing grade of 75% or higher on the test will receive 2 CE credits. 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 journal article for this course is available at the Blackwell Publishing website, where you may purchase a copy of the journal article for about $29.

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the various courts' understanding of the validity of minimum qualifications.
  2. Explain the stages in the authors' new procedure for the development of content valid MQs.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the rating processes and scales used in the development of content valid MQs.

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 $20, 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 journal article for this course is available at the Blackwell Publishing website, where you may purchase a copy of the journal article for about $29.

2.e Author Credentials (top)

Written by a team comprised by a member of the Alabama State Personnel Department and two well-known and prolific industrial psychologists.

2.f Number of CE Credits Offered (top)

Participants who complete this course by taking and passing the multiple-choice test will receive 2 CE credits.

2.g Location and Format (top)

This activity requires independent home-based study of a journal article (Buster, Roth & Bobko, 1998). Following completion of the reading material, participants complete an Internet-based multiple-choice post-test on the article content.

2.h Detailed Description of Program Material (top)

Publication citation:

Buster, M.A., Roth, P.L., & Bobko, P. (2005). A process for content validation of education and experience-based minimun qualifications: an approach resulting in federal court approval. Personnel Psychology, 58, 771-799.

Article abstract:

The use of education and experience minimum qualifications (MQs) is nearly ubiquitous in employment settings, yet it appears to be rare that such MQs are validated by the end user (either via content validity or criterion-related validation approaches). In this article, we present a method of content-validating MQs that is related to a procedure noted by Levine, Maye, Ulm, and Gordon (1997), and we demonstrate the method's application for an upper-level management position in a state agency. Our procedure is based on adherence to the Uniform Guidelines and sound professional practice. In addition, the procedure was heard in a federal court proceeding (deposition and expert testimony in relation to 3 jobs), was approved by that court, and we discuss the court's findings. In particular, the court found, "The MQ development process used by the State Personnel Department (SPD) is consistent with the requirements of the Guidelines and leads to content-valid MQs." Given data available to us for another job, we also show that the obtained MQs may result in less adverse impact than a previously determined, task-based set of MQs.

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.