Our BPS and EFPA Occupational Test User Qualifications Programme

BPS Combined Qualification in Occupational Test Use (RQTU): Assistant Test User (ATU), Test User Ability (TUA), and Test User Personality (TUP)

These courses provide you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct psychometric tests fairly and effectively in organisations.  Accredited and verified by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Test User: Occupational, Ability (Level A) Qualification is internationally recognised and aligned with the standards of competence defined by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).

What is this BPS Occupational Test User - Ability and Personality professional training course all about, and is it accredited?

This course leads to the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) for Ability tests (formerly Level A) and Personality tests (formerly Level B) in occupational settings.  These certificates are also recognized by the European Federation of Psychological Associations (EFPA). The course takes place in London and meets the professional guidelines of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The BPS Certificates are useful qualifications for anyone seeking to use psychometric tests for the purpose of selection, and development (such as leadership. careers or coaching).

We deliver four certificate course in BPS Test Use, including Assistant Test User (ATUO), Test User Ability (TUOA), Test User Personality (TUOP), and our popular course combines that combines both the Ability (Level A) and Personality (Level B) certificates over a 2 day period. No prior knowledge of psychometrics is required to participate.

Please note: this course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Delegates attending the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance as proof of CPD hours (35) from the Occupational Psychology Practice International and, on completed of a full submitted and marked portfolio, delegates should be eligible to apply for their certificates, and for their name to added to the Register of Qualified Test Users (RQTU).

Please click on the link below to review the BPS Test User Code of Conduct, which outlines what your role and responsibilities will be as a  qualified user of psychometric tests: https://cms.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/2022-07/ptc09_code_of_good_practice_amended.pdf

Course content

  • Choose the right psychometric tests to meet selection and development purposes
  • Administer all categories of test
  • Score all categories of test
  • Interpret the results of both ability and personality   measures
  • Write reports suitable for all stake-holders in the testing cycle
  • Feed-back results directly to the respondent for all categories of occupational testing

Course duration

  • One or two day attendance online taught, or in-person seminars
  • Attendance at 2 group supervision sessions and 2 assignment tutorials
  • Participation in at least 1 hour one-to-one supervision session
  • Completion of 2 hours test administration/oral feedback practice
  • Attendance at The Psychometrics Cafe’ (x2 sessions)
  • Attend and participate in two practical, recorded sessions: Test Administration (TA), and Oral Feedback Session (OFS)with a test-taker
  • Completion of Booklet of Exercises
  • Completion of BPS Consent Form

How can you study for this course?

This course can be studied for live online via Zoom, in-person, or in blended mode. A commitment of 4 hours pre-course learning and reading is required. Taught programmes (in-person or live Zoom) require attendance over a 1 or 2-day period.  The combined course begins with 2 'taught' days in a seminar environment. These days will be both theory and practise based and are aimed at giving you a strong body of knowledge whilst preparing you for assessed work and approximately 3 hours of test administration and oral feedback activity. In total, approximately a 35 hour commitment is required to complete the Portfolio. 

How will you be assessed?

Delegates are expected to submit their Portfolio of Competence in Occupational Test Use, which includes a Booklet of Exercises, and a combination of practical and reflective-thinking activities.   The Booklet of Exercises comprises approximately 55 questions, which range in terms of their requiresments. For example, some require short answers, whilst others expect delegates to write invitation letters, psychometric testing reports, test reviews,  complete unfinished graphs and tables. The Portfolio )Booklet of Exercises) comprises of theoretical and practical tasks. Some of the practical tasks include, administering an oral feedback session, and delivering oral feedback sessions to test-takers. Please see further information below:

  • Assistant Test User - administering and scoring a comprehensive (numerical and verbal reasoning, and personality)  test to one candidate assessed.
  • Occupational Test User: Ability - providing oral feedback to one candidate on their verbal  and numerical reasoning test scores.
  • Occupational Test User: Personality - providing oral feedback to one candidate on their personality and interests scores

Once you have submitted your Portfolio to the Canvas site, it will be marked within 20 working days by the BPS Verifier. Delegates will receive feedback on the submitted Portfolio. If the Portfolio receives a "pass" mark, the delegates competence as a Test User will be affirmed. Thereafter, this information onto the BPS, who will issue an invoice to pay for the cost of certificates and a listing on the Register of Qualified Test Users (RQTU). 

Who should attend BPS Test User (Ability & Personality) Training?

  • This British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification is for professionals who regularly use psychometric or psychological assessments.
  • The course is designed for those who work in HR teams, recruitment, careers guidance, consultancy and personal development coaching.
  • The training is ideal for anyone who uses psychometric testing in talent management, team/personal development and recruitment and selection.



Most of our BPS Test User Qualification are delivered online, unless a specific request is made.  You will be able to attend live and interactive sessions with a focus on engagement and support.

Fees and costs

The cost of the course is £1400 (in-person, taught/live-online/distance). An "Employability Rate" (£800) is available to current students also (ask your education provider for more information - please note that proof of student status is required.)

Registration and start dates

If you are keen to join the course, you should complete the Registration form by clicking on the relevant button below. Once you have registered your interest, within a week you will receive an email to confirm your booking. An invoice will also be sent out to you. For more information, please contact (+44) 020 3368 6788. Thereafter, you can expect to receive a Zoom link and access to our virtual learning environment (CANVAS)  (to access Induction and the full course materials) one week before the course start date.  

What are the benefits of holding a BPS Test User Level qualification in test use?

  • A nationally recognised qualification in test use recognised by employers.
  • Discounted rates on five CIPD courses.
  • Membership of the BPS’ Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU).
  • Free online access to reviews of tests.
  • Quarterly editions of Assessment & Development Matters (ADM) delivered and online at the PTC website.
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