Exam Development: Designed to meet your needs
To meet the individual needs of your program, testing clients have the option of using WPI’s standardized exams or developing customized exams.
WPI’s standardized exams are developed in accordance with the ISO 17024 standard in order to ensure the validity, reliability, and legal defensibility of the certification exams. With professional psychometric oversight and guidance, WPI’s subject matter expert committees develop our national standardized exams through a rigorous process that begins with a job analysis identifying the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities that a professional in the field ought to possess.
WPI staff and technical committees monitor the performance of standardized examination questions and examinee comments throughout the term of their use to identify and address any issues. Clients using WPI’s newest standardized exams are assured that they are always using the most updated version of exam questions.
Program-Specific Module for Standardized Exams
WPI understands that some programs must meet state and provincial regulations which require their exams to include program-specific questions. The Program-Specific Module (PSM) option allows programs to take advantage of WPI’s standardized exams while adding a section of program-specific questions (10 or 20) to the 100-point standardized exam.
Programs can select questions they feel are important for an operator in their region to know and WPI will provide separate scores for the additional section so certifiers are able to assess strong and weak areas of performance on both the standardized and region-specific content.
By using a standardized exam plus PSM, operator certification programs can more easily grant reciprocity as incoming operators who are licensed in other jurisdictions using a standardized exam only need to be tested on the region-specific questions for their new state or province. The PSM is available at no additional cost when combined with a standardized exam.
The customized exam development option allows you to create an exam unique to your program. Developed by WPI staff according to your specifications, the exam is tailored to your program’s specific technology and regulatory requirements. A customized exam may include any combination of WPI questions and your program’s questions. WPI maintains approximately 350 backflow, 4,300 water treatment, 4,500 wastewater treatment, 3,000 distribution, 1,600 collection, and 600 very small water system questions that may be used for exam development.
Your program is responsible for providing the information and specifications necessary for WPI to develop a customized exam, selecting the questions that appear on the customized exam, and ensuring that the customized exam is valid and meets any applicable legal requirements. WPI does not validate customized exams or make any representations or warranties regarding the validity of customized exams. If your program provides WPI with examination questions or other examination materials, WPI has no responsibility to verify the accuracy of those questions or materials.