Update to PSUP Test Series Reading List

The reading list for the PSUP series of Police Supervisor Tests has been updated to reflect the release of a new edition of one of the books that appears on the list.

The updated reading list table is below:

Police PSUP 301/302/303 May 2015
PL 301 Jan 2015
PDET 201/202 Jan 2015
Fire FCO 401-EM/402-EM Apr 2015
FCO 403/404 Apr 2015
Corrections CF-FLS 202 Jan 2014
ECC ECC-FLS 202 Jan 2014


Request a reading list.

Introducing the new FCO 400 Series

We are excited to introduce our new 400 Series Fire Company Officer Tests. These tests were designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of fire company officer (i.e., lieutenant, captain) in a fire department. FCO 401-EM and FCO 402-EM were designed for those departments that perform emergency medical (EM) services. The series is comprised of four tests:

These tests are meant to fully replace the two Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests we’ve been offering for the past year, and more fully reflect the FCO 300 Series that were offered in Spring 2014 and earlier.

Feel free to request the reading list for these 4 tests. The reading list is quite different from the Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests because two books are now in new editions. Continue reading

Essentials of Employment & Labor Law: Webinar Series from IPMA-HR

Readers of the ASR have expressed interest in articles detailing legal issues so we wanted to pass along this information from IPMA-HR.

You can join renowned employment and labor law attorney David Ritter of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, for IPMA-HR’s Essentials of Employment & Labor Law webinar series. This new webinar series is the most comprehensive, practical, up-to-date employment and labor law training available for public sector HR practitioners.

This 4-part series is geared to the real-world needs of human resources professionals and managers, providing “best practice” insights and information on some of the most pressing issues in employment and labor law today.

Available both live and on-demand, the four webinars include:

The Legal Implications of Social Media in the Workplace
March 25, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) & Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
June 17, 1:00 p.m. EST

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
October 14, 1:00 p.m. EST

Conducting Employee Investigations
December 9, 1:00 p.m. EST

Become an even more effective human resources administrator with this essential webinar series. 

Purchase now and watch at your convenience — webinars are available both live and on-demand.

Earn Education Credits

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HRCI | The Essentials of Employment & Labor Law webinar series, has been approved for 4 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information, visit www.hrci.org.

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IPMA-CP | This webinar series has been approved for 4 points (1 point per webinar) toward IPMA-CP or IPMA-CS recertification. To learn more, please visit: www.ipma-hr.org/recertification.

We need YOUR help – New ECC test enters validation phase

YOU ARE KEY – We can’t do it without you…

If you had not yet heard we are hard at work on bringing you 3 new entry-level Emergency Communication Center (ECC) tests. As you know all of our tests go through a thorough validation phase that gets documented in the free Technical Report available with every test. Now your agency can be a part of the process, have a test with direct evidence for use within your organization, and enjoy a deep discount on your next test order (plus other benefits).

All the detailed information can be found on our ECC Validation page. But to summarize, we’d need your to get together a group of your incumbent ECC staff to take the test, then have their first and second line supervisors fill out a brief evaluation for each incumbent taking the test. If you can’t commit to a large group, that’s OK, even 5-6 staff can make a huge difference if multiple agencies get on board.

If you’d like more information or want to participate, fill out the form below:

Price Drop On Entry-Level Dispatch and Correctional Officer Tests

We are hard at work on putting the finishing touches on our 2015 catalog of test products and services. We’ll also have some updated pricing to announce for 2015, but to prepare for that we are announcing today that we have reduced the per candidate price for two of our entry-level tests, the Entry-Level 911 20 with Video for dispatchers and the CO-EL 201 (TIP) for correctional officers.

Test Name Old Price New Price
EL-911 20 (Video) $15.00 $12.50
CO-EL 201 (TIP) $15.00 $12.50

Prices listed above are per candidate.

This brings pricing parity across our whole line of entry-level Emergency Communication Center and Correctional Officer tests. All of our tests for those positions are now priced at $12.50 per candidate.

If you had not previously considered either of these tests for your hiring needs, please contact us at assessment@ipma-hr.org or by phone at (800) 381-8378 to ask for an inspection copy, which are available to Test Security Agreement signers at no cost.

Welcoming our Assessment Summer Interns

Hard to believe June is already here and rolling right by, but with the arrival of summer IPMA-HR’s Assessment Department gets some fresh faces. This summer we are pleased to welcome Eli and Miranda as the Assessment Summer Interns.

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Eli Plaut (left) and Miranda Lapides (right); IPMA-HR’s Assessment Interns for Summer 2014.

Eli is a rising senior at the University of Maryland. He is majoring in Psychology and interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He looks forward to not only assisting the assessment department at IPMA-HR, but also gaining practical experience in his field of interest. He’s learned a lot in his first couple weeks here, and is eager to see what the rest of his experience holds.

Miranda is a rising senior at George Mason University. She is studying psychology and criminology and wishes to pursue a career in industrial/organizational psychology. She is from Connecticut and staying in Virginia for the summer to intern with IPMA-HR. Miranda looks forward to learning more about assessments during her time here, specifically the research involved to create an assessment. Her interests include reading, singing, and songwriting.

You can look forward to seeing more from both Eli and Miranda here in the ASR, in the coming weeks.

Meet Dennis Doverspike: Our New Writer on Assessment Topics

First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob Burd for the informative ASR articles he has written over the last year. Bob has decided to take his retirement a bit more seriously and will therefore no longer be providing articles for ASR.  Bob, you will be missed, but we all wish you a very happy retirement!

Second, we are pleased to announce that Dennis Doverspike (Ph.D., ABPP) is joining the ASR team and will be submitting his first article soon!

Dr. Doverspike is a full professor of psychology at the University of Akron, senior fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, and director of the Center for Organizational Research. He is certified as a specialist in industrial-organizational psychology and organizational and business consulting by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is also a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio.

Dr. Doverspike has over 30 years of experience working with consulting firms and public and private sector organizations, including 15 years as executive vice president of Barrett & Associates. Services provided include individual assessments, statistical analysis, development of large scale assessment systems, job evaluation and job analysis, and expert witness services.

The author of two books, 16 book chapters, over 150 other professional publications, and over 100 conference presentations, Dr. Doverspike has also served as an expert witness in 10 court cases and assisted with the preparation of expert testimony in over 75 additional cases.

Dr. Doverspike received his doctorate in psychology in 1983 from the University of Akron. He earned a Master of Science in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University. He has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, directed dissertations, theses and practicums.

We welcome Dr. Doverspike to the team and look forward to the valuable insights and knowledge he has to offer! Look for his first article on police and fire selection next week…

Introducing OTAS – Your new online test implementation solution!

Online Test Administration Service

IPMA-HR’s Assessment Services Department would like to announce a new method of test implementation, the Online Test Administration Service, or OTAS for short!

It has taken many years to find the right partner to allow us to take our tests to the online space and a few more after that to test out and tinker with it, in order to get it just right.

So it brings us great pleasure that starting today, you can administer the following tests via OTAS:

Police Supervisor (PSUP) Series

Our goal is to get most of our test catalog up and ready for OTAS implementation by the end of 2014.

To get started, you can visit the OTAS landing page, read through the FAQs, or take a sample test, from the candidate perspective.

We want you to keep in mind that the OTAS system will change and improve with your use and feedback. This will be an evolving product, so get excited for the future.

Stay tuned to the ASR for followup posts detailing additional features and details about this new system. We are very excited to finally be able to share it with you.

Fire Company Officer Tests Updated to New Versions

Due to recent updates to the published source material for our series of Fire Company Officer tests, FCO 101-EM, FCO 102-EM, FCO 103 and FCO 104, we have had to make updates to some of the test questions that appear in those test forms.

As a result of these updates, we are reprinting the tests under new names. The new tests correspond to the old ones as follows:

If you’ve already distributed the reading lists for any of the FCO 100 series tests then you do not need to take any further action to redistribute a new reading list. When you order your test, just make sure to order the test that matches the reading list you provided to your candidates. We will retain sufficient stock of the existing tests to accommodate those processes that have already begun.

At this point forward, we will be providing the FCO 200 series reading lists. If you’d like to request the new reading list, you may do so here.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about this update.

Welcome to the Summer 2013 Assessment Interns

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Hoda Hafezisoleyman Zadeh, left, and Kaitlyn Kavanagh have joined the Assessment Services Department for the Summer.

We would like to introduce two new individuals joining the Assessment Services Department for the summer. Hoda Hafezi and Kaitlyn Kavanagh were selected to join the Assessment Services Department on a summer internship. They will be working side by side with IPMA-HR staff to get a better understanding of the technical expertise and dedication that goes into creating reliable and valid assessment products.

Hoda is currently a Junior attending the University of Maryland, pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Kaitlyn is a rising Senior at the Catholic University of America, also pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Both students are very interested in the advanced field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and hope this internship will give them applicable experience in the field.

We look forward to hosting these two bright and motivated individuals throughout the summer months!