Developing the Examination
Developing a protocol to determine the level of excellence has been a sensitive and difficult task due to the need for a common language among haircolorists. Manufacturers, haircolorists and organizations dedicated to the art of haircoloring were consulted to develop a consensus of terms pertaining to proper language, techniques and test procedures needed to accomplish our vision. After all background research was completed, the committee set forth to create the examination.
Dr. Richard Resurreccion, a professor of vocational education, acted as an advisor to our committee. He had been instrumental in establishing the examination to certify paramedics for the Los Angeles Fire Service. These qualifications have made him uniquely qualified to advise our Board on the preparation of the testing procedure.
The Study Portfolio
The study portfolio contains all of the information and guidelines needed for the written and performance examinations. (purchase this product here) The comprehensive material is written in easy-to-understand language, providing in-depth knowledge of the interworking of haircolor. It is our hope these materials will become the standard by which haircolor is taught and evaluated.
It is important that the examination is professionally conducted in an efficient manner and generally meets or exceeds accepted testing standards. There must be strong evidence that the written examination and performance tasks test the skills and abilities required for excellence on the actual job.
Information provided to the candidates prior to taking the certification examination must be well prepared and of high quality. Moreover, the open examination procedure allows non-candidates to observe the procedure in an unobtrusive manner, thus encouraging others to participate in the certification process.
It is important that the procedures used by the evaluation team are of a consistently high standard; they require formal documentation necessary against failed candidates. It is necessary to validate materials, instructions and procedures to make certain they to professional test construction techniques.
Completed Examination Committee Objectives
Objective #1 Document task analysis for each work sample. Specify relation of tasks to a rating scale. Verify test procedures with a professor of vocational education.
Objective #2 Determine the extent to which candidates are provided information before the examination.
Objective #3 Implement a formal procedure for feedback to the candidates who have failed the examination and be able to comment on areas of weakness.
Objective #4 Determine a method by which Evaluators are selected, qualified and trained.
Objective #5 Construct a test manual for Evaluators that standardizes instructions.
Objective #6 Address the needs of candidates for whom English is not their primary language.
Objective #7 Evaluate and analyze the test procedure on an annual basis.
Objective #8 construct a general test administration manual for candidates.