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ATP Exclusive: The Forgotten Benefits of a Job Analysis

September 15, 2020

When discussing the most costly and time-consuming activities of a certification exam development cycle, the job analysis is often at the top of the list. But this is not without good reason, as the job analysis is the foundation of any assessment. Its ability to help define the purpose and intention of a credentialing exam is well supported, and its role as a building block is well known. 

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Given the various resources that are devoted to a job analysis, it becomes critical to to understand the benefits that can be derived from it. The benefits of carrying out a job analysis are many, but some are more obvious than others. Besides the obvious of establishing content typically in the form of an exam content outline, there are benefits that a job analysis can offer that are sometimes lost, ignored, or skipped over.  

In addition to the obvious benefits of a job analysis (e.g., increased validity, a new exam content outline, updating exam content, etc.), there are also areas that may be less apparent, specifically: 

  1. Future-Proofing 
  2. Certification Eligibility 
  3. Recertification Requirements 
  4. Continuing Education and Continuing Competency 

On Tuesday, September 15 at 2:50 p.m. ET, we will be presenting at the Association of Test Publisher’s (ATP) Virtual Conference on “The Forgotten Benefits of a Job Analysis. During this presentation, we will discuss and provide examples of these less-obvious benefits and how some credentialing bodies have used small changes in their process to open up the full advantages of a job analysis. 

If you are able to join, we welcome you to gain some valuable insights and ask questions! 


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Cyrus Mirza, PhD Cyrus Mirza, PhD is a psychometrician at PSI and works out of PSI’s Glendale, CA office. Cyrus assists certification clients in a number of different industries and has extensive experience with job analysis, test development and validation, data analysis, and report writing. Cyrus enjoys fostering relationships with clients and developing various selection tools that are uniquely tailored to specific jobs. Cyrus earned his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston.