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RS&A COMPETENCY TESTING FOR LPE'S
LEVEL 4
PRE-IAI CERTIFICATION
LEVEL 3
CASE WORKING
LEVEL 2
PRE-SUPERVISED
LEVEL 1
PRE-EMPLOYMENT
CUSTOM MADE
COMPETENCY TESTS
LEVEL 6
SENIOR LPE
LEVEL 5
SUPERVISORY


COMPETENCY TESTS ARE MADE TO TEST AND EVALUATE THE INDIVIDUAL
Competency is NOT a stagnant unchanging entity. All forensic specialists are expected to grow in skill level throughout their career and a "One Size Fits All" competency testing concept simply does not meet the need of today's forensic community. From screening potential trainees to ensuring that your more "senior" LPEs can still make the tough calls, and numerous career stages in between, RS&A has designed fair and thorough competency examinations to answer your questions.
LEVEL 1 - PRE-EMPLOYMENT APPLICANT SCREENING TEST (VISUAL ACCUITY)

Whether you are hiring a trainee or a more experienced examiner, you need to know if they are worth your valuable time, effort and money to bring them on board. That means they have to be able to discriminate between minute forms, shapes and details to succeed in this business. Visual acuity testing is remarkably effective for assessing these abilities and will provide critical information to assist in your hiring decision.


LEVEL 2 - PRE-SUPERVISED CASEWORK EVALUATION TEST

There is a legitimate need for latent print unit managers to have their trainees externally evaluated prior to approving them for supervised casework. This outside assistance removes any subjectivity the trainer may naturally have after working closely with a trainee for an extended period of time. In addition, this would mitigate the potential for a trainee to advance prematurely in an effort to cope with a mounting backlog. RS&A can readily and reliably provide this valuable objective assistance because, quite frankly, we “don’t have a dog in the fight” – we just want you to be assured of your trainee’s status!


LEVEL 3 - CASEWORKING LATENT PRINT EXAMINER TEST

This test is designed with several applications in mind. First, the test can be used to evaluate an examiner at the end of their training program prior to being approved for independent casework. Second, this Level 3 module could augment your current proficiency testing program, particularly in the event of a discrepancy between your lab’s results and those of the proficiency test provider. A third use could be to reevaluate an examiner – who has completed a special assignment (such as an overseas deployment) – prior to resuming casework. You may also opt to supplement your internal continuing education program if training funds are too scarce to justify conference attendance.


LEVEL 4 - PRE-IAI CERTIFICATION TEST

These tests are designed to determine if an examiner is prepared to successfully pass the International Association for Identification Certified Latent Print Examiner test. Studying and completing practice comparisons are keys to passing the certification test. These pre-tests are particularly advantageous for an examiner whose primary responsibility does not involve latent print comparisons or if it has been a while since the examiner has been able to attend a comparison intensive training course, like the five day IAI Latent Print Certification Test Preparation course, available through RS&A’s training division.


LEVEL 5 - SUPERVISORY LATENT PRINT EXAMINER PRE-PROMOTION TEST

This testing module is designed to help you find the right candidate to assume either a supervisory or technical lead position. There is a direct correlation between the overall quality of a latent print unit and the technical skills/abilities of their leader. Thus, it is mission-critical in today’s forensic environment that you hire the examiner who will reliably lead your unit for years to come. Anything less won’t cut it!


LEVEL 6 - SENIOR LATENT PRINT EXAMINER TEST

There are many latent print examiners out there with 25+ years of experience. Their knowledge, skills and abilities are foundational for the continuing function of their latent print units, being essential for training future generations of examiners. They offer guidance and insight that can’t be found in any textbook or training manual. However, it is well-known that one’s eyesight and visual acuity may diminish over time and this must be addressed. After all, you need to know that your most seasoned examiner can still make the proper decisions on those tough comparisons.


CUSTOM MADE COMPETENCY TESTS

We can make a competency test to fit your exact need. Contact us today and see what RS&A can do for you!

RS&A Competency Testing Division at 1-866-832-6772 or testing@ronsmithandassociates.com



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