When to Test During Course 
A trainee need only once demonstrate successful performance of the work simulation tests and 
benchmark minimums during the core course.  After the instructor has observed the trainee 
successfully perform the tests, the instructor should focus on the improvement goal of the 
curriculum for that employee.  Since most trainees will be able to successfully execute the tests 
early in the program, the instructor should be able to devote more attention to coaching and 
motivating performance improvement as the course progresses. 
Any benchmark minimums that have not been met by the third week of the course should be 
viewed as a source of concern.  The instructor should make special efforts to coach the trainee 
on the tasks in question, encourage the trainee to practice the tasks on his/her own time, and 
confer with the trainee's employing agency. 
During the final week of training, and especially in the final two sessions, the top priority must be 
observation of trainees performing tasks on which they have not yet met the benchmark 
minimums. This approach to observation of trainee's performance ensures that all trainees will 
receive every possible opportunity to demonstrate and receive official credit for their ability to 
meet each benchmark minimum.   
Tests as Discrete Activities 
Each test is to be administered separately.  When practicing or measuring performance on the 
four Behavior Skills Tests (dummy drag; 50 yard sprint; weighted carry; stair walk) each test 
should be a discrete activity with sufficient time for the trainee to rest between each test. 
Sufficient time should be approximately 2 3 minutes depending on circumstances.   
Test Report Form 
Report test results on the STC standardized form provided in Appendix A of this manual.  Results 
pass, fail, 
 not administered
 and must be reported as such.  Test results are to be submitted 
to the Board of Corrections and to the employing agency 30 days after the completion of the 
course.  If a trainee is not able to pass the Behavior Skills Tests in this unit, the provider should 
be in contact with the employing agency as soon as possible.  
If a trainee is having difficulty meeting the benchmark minimums, a plan for allowing additional 
practice and/or instruction on techniques should be developed.  This plan might include extra time 
after the regular class hours if administratively feasible.  Responsibility for any plan for 
remediation after the last day of the course should be developed by the employer. 
Temporary Inability to Participate in the Physical Tasks Training 
Occasionally, a trainee is unable to participate in physical tasks training due to a temporary injury 
or pregnancy.  Note:  There are twenty eight (28) hours of Defensive Tactics training (spread out 
in four hourly increments over the length of the course) and eight (8) hours of Fire and Life Safety 
training in addition to the twenty one (21) hours of this unit.  Therefore, an agency should 
consider the practicality of sending a trainee to the core course unless the trainee is able to 
participate in the full range of activities.  Employing agencies should consult with the Board of 
Corrections if trainees need to delay participation in core training until medically cleared and if this 
delay creates a compliance issue.  

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