SECTION II: TESTING PROCEDURES
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
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.