This course is for human resource and training professionals, managers, facilitators, counsellors and psychologists with a good understanding of English as well as an ability to assimilate new information without too much difficulty. Previous courses have welcomed Human Resource Managers, Training Managers, Coaches, Career Counsellors, Psychologists, Recruitment Consultants, Team-Builders and business directors among others.

This course is not suitable for persons who are unable to be fully committed to the course during each day and in the evening or for those who have difficulty managing assignments set to them. It is an intensive professional course and requires commitment and determination. Those who prefer to become certified without applying themselves would not be suited to this internationally recognised training and accreditation which results in a certification from the British Psychological Society!


This intensive professional course provides training in psychometric assessment leading to the fulfillment of requirements for The British Psychological Society Occupational Testing Qualifications – Levels 1 & 2 (previously BPS Level A & B Certificates of Competence in Occupational Testing). After successful completion of the course, delegates are qualified to order, administer, score, interpret and feedback on a complete range of ability, aptitude and personality questionnaires (including tests that PsyAsia does not offer). They will also be able to apply for the British Psychological Society’s Occupational Testing Certificates which means the holder will be recognised internationally as having trained to the highest levels in the practical application of psychometric tests.

PsyAsia’s 6-day Psychometric Assessment at Work Course provides delegates with a firm grounding in the competent application of psychometric ability and personality tests. Competent use and understanding of the principles underlying these assessments is so important that PsyAsia International does not allow access to them without this or a similar qualification. Be one of the few people in Asia to posses this level of competence in psychometric assessment and help us to set the bar higher for ethical and best practice use of tests. The course is run as two levels and most delegates will attend the combined Level 1 and 2 course. Note however, that you must attend Level 1 before attending Level 2.

Syllabus Change Note:
Prior to every course that we run, it is our policy to consult the worldwide literature and practice databases to ensure that we teach the most up-to-date content. For this reason, our syllabus is subject to change. However, you can of course rest assured that we do not bring you a static course, rather a course that evolves with the Asian and international business and human resource management environments.

16PF is a registered trademark of The Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Inc.
Saville Consulting Wave is a registered trademark of Saville Consulting Group.
OPQ is a registered trademark of Saville & Holdsworth Limited.

* Note that some test publishers may require short ‘top-up’ training before allowing

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Level 1 Assistant Test User & Level 2 Test User Ability (Aptitude Testing)


Delegates will benefit from understanding and using occupational tests to assist with their work in recruitment, selection, staff development, training, coaching and counselling. No exams, no lengthy pre- or post-course work. Successful delegates receive their qualification a few weeks following the course and can then apply for the BPS Certificate.

Level 1 (day 1) is the Test Administration component. Delegates benefit from exposure to a range of tests from different test publishers and will gain experience in test administration, choice of tests, scoring, interpretation, feedback, etc. Interactive sessions, supportive tutoring and case studies make the course an informal and hands-on approach to learning.


Successful delegates can apply for The British Psychological Society (BPS) Level 1 Assistant Test User Qualification and the Level 2 Test User Ability Qualification.


Delegates will be able to:
Register with all UK test publishers and purchase tests.
Understand the range and types of tests available.
When to use tests, and importantly – when not to.
Decide which tests are appropriate for a particular situation.
Conduct a job analysis and identify the assessment requirements.
Have an appreciation of other assessment methods.
Administer, score and interpret aptitude tests.
Make informed decisions using test data.
Provide quality feedback to clients and candidates.
Integrate tests into a wider recruitment or assessment process.
Have a sound grasp of statistical concepts used in testing.
Appreciate the importance of test reliability and validity.

Level 2 Test User Personality (Personality Assessment)

For those who will benefit from understanding and using personality questionnaires to assist with their work in recruitment, selection, staff development, training, coaching and counselling. This is a professionally recognised course, which follows the British Psychological Society guidelines for the Level 2 Test User Personality Qualification. Delegates receive comprehensive training in the theory and application of personality instruments. The course will focus primarily on the ‘Identity’ personality questionnaire and also introduce delegates to other leading instruments e.g. Saville Consulting Wave®, OPQ®, 16PF®, and the Apollo Profile*.

Delegates are trained in personality theory, the latest research findings in personality assessment, and technical appreciation of personality questionnaires.


Delegates will be able to:
Increase their awareness and understanding of individual differences between people.
Integrate the use of personality assessments into selection and development activities.
Decide which questionnaires are appropriate for particular situations.
Administer, score and interpret personality data.
Provide professional selection feedback to both candidates and recruiting customers.
Coach individuals to develop their approach using personality information.
Use personality questionnaire information to support structured interviewing.
Critically assess the value of different tools for specific purposes.
Identify and reject inflated claims of validity – so-called ‘Barnum’ or ‘horoscope’ effects.
Relate personality factors to organisations’ core competencies.
Design and write selection reports for recruiting clients / managers.
Design and write development reports to aid self-awareness of clients / managers.
Maintain appropriate records and data for audit, research and feedback purposes.
Demonstrate professional Best Practice and compliance to employment legislation.

Course Items
Level 2 Pre-course Work
There is some pre-course work to complete before the course for those undergoing Level 2.
Approximately 1 hour for Level 2: Ability and 3 hours for Level 2: Personality – delegates will be given access to our online learning center immediately after we receive payment, irrespective of course start date, so you may start to learn, interact with other delegates via the forum and chat, and view our interactive training immediately! We also give you access to our recorded “Psychometric Test Administration Course“. This covers most of the Day One material and gives you an optional headstart!
Day One: Level 1: Assistant Test User Qualification
Welcome and Introductions
Introduction to Occupational Testing
Types of Tests and Examples
Test Administration Theory
Test Administration Preparation
Test Administration Practice
Scoring and ‘Norming’ of Tests
Norm Tables
Test Ethics and Test User Responsibilities
Homework of about 1 hour for those continuing to Level 2
Day Two: Level 2: Test User – Ability Qualification

‘How Test Scores Behave statistically’:
Central Tendency Measures
The Normal Distribution
Review of Homework
Other Selection Methods
Choosing Appropriate Assessments
Correlations and why they are useful
What is Intelligence?
Concept of Error and how we can use it
Reliability of Tests
Confidence in our Test Scores?
Item Response Theory
Homework of about 1.5 hours

Day Three: Level 2: Test User – Ability Qualification
Review of Homework
Recap from Day 2
Validity of Tests
Introduction to Test Feedback
Preparation for Feedback
Practice Test Feedback Sessions
Review of Feedback
Testing in the Real World
Day Four: Level 2: Test User – Personality Qualification
Introduction to Personality
Introductions and Objectives
What is personality?
Individual Differences
Implicit v.s. Explicit Theories
Society v.s. Genetics

The Psychometric Approach
Development Approaches to Questionnaires
Types of Items
‘The Big Five’ Model of Personality

How do questionnaires ‘work’?
Reliability of Questionnaires
Validity of Tools
Leadership relationships with personality

Homework of about 1.5 hours

Day Five: Level 2: Test User – Personality Qualification

Review of Administration
Online Administration

Multi-Trait Questionnaires
Scoring Multi-Trait Questionnaires
Introduction to the profile

Profile Interpretation
Response Styles and faking
Objective interpretation of scales
Linking Scales

Using Personality Data in Selection
Linking Scales to Competencies
Assessing whole profiles against Job Descriptions
Using with other assessments

Homework of about 2 to 2.5 hours
This is the most important night for homework. If you are unable to complete homework on Day 5 for whatever reason, your work on Day 6 will suffer. We aim to finish early on Day 5 to facilitate homework completion. However, please do not plan anything external on this day in particular! Day Six: Level 2: Test User – Personality Qualification

Discussion and preparation for Sessions
Personality Test Feedback
Practice Feedback Sessions

Other questionnaires and models:
E.g. The Apollo Profile and The Saville Consulting Wave®

Written Reporting Theory
Avoiding ‘Barnum’ Effects

Final course review – points for further discussion?

Post Course Work Introduction

The order of the above topics is subject to change during the course based on delegate need as judged by the facilitator.

After Completion of Course

Successful delegates who complete the various parts of the course will be able to apply to the British Psychological Society’s Occupational Testing Qualifications: Level 1 Assistant Test User Qualification and the Level 2 Test User Ability & Personality Qualifications. They will also be able to appear on the society’s Register of Qualifications in Test Use for an additional annual fee payable to the BPS. Every 6 years you are required to affirm your continued competence and following of best practice in psychometric test use to the BPS.

The certificates enable the holder to purchase ability, aptitude and personality tests from a range of publishers and test distributors, including PsyAsia. (Please be aware that some publishers may still require that you undergo a short conversion course to use their personality assessments.)

PsyAsia will provide all successful delegates with an online psychometric account area where they may administer, score and manage the Identity Personality Test, and to get you started, you will receive credits for 5 free reports. In addition, you may opt to open an online account for the Apollo personality questionnaire (with some basic additional study – FREE of charge to all Level 2 Personality delegates!) and/or to use the Saville Consulting Swift aptitude tests. You may also use the Saville Consulting Wave® personality assessment following a one-day Saville Consulting training course (50% discount to our Level 2 Personality delegates!) after completing Level 2 Personality. Finally, we offer a generous 30% discount to all Level 2 Personality graduates on their first purchase of any Identity materials or credits and 10% on all other non-discounted PsyAsia products and services within the first month after their qualification.


Delegates make use of their new skills and submit a portfolio of work to us within 4 weeks of the end of the course. The portfolio will be discussed during the course. We mark this work and advise delegates of the outcome of their Level 2 Personality Test User work within 10 days of the deadline.


This course is usually facilitated by Dr. Graham Tyler. Graham was the first to bring regular BPS Certificates of Competence training to Dubai many years ago and then to Singapore and Hong Kong in 2002. Graham is a fully registered psychologist, Chartered Organisational Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and executive director of PsyAsia International. He is a joint resident of Singapore and Hong Kong, spending about half of his time in each place and is therefore fully up-to-date with the use of psychometric tests and workplace regulations in these places and throughout Asia. His PhD thesis concentrated on psychometric assessment with particular emphasis on the validity of international and local models of personality in Asia. Previously an MBA lecturer for the UK’s University of Leicester Dubai Campus and more recently a visiting lecturer for a Hong Kong university (teaching MSc HRM),

Graham spends most of his time involved in training and consultancy in organizational psychology running between Hong Kong, Shanghai, Philippines, Singapore and Australia. Graham’s training and consultancy work in job analysis, selection and development systems, performance appraisal, assessment centres and generally maximising performance at work has seen him work with organisations such as Cathay Pacific, Citibank, BP, Guinness, Hewitt Consulting and FedEx in addition to government organisations such as the Hong Kong Institute for Vocational Education, the Singapore Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Civil Service College.

He is a full member of the Australian and American Psychological Societies as well as the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP). His research with psychometric tools has been recognised by the British Psychological Society with their prestigious prize for Scientific Contribution to Organizational Psychology. Graham is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Hong Kong Psychological Society and a Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute for HRM. He continues to be interested in assessment and selection research and his research has been published in international peer-reviewed and professional journals as well as books. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Personality & Individual Differences as well as for the annual SIOP conference in the USA. He is also a supervisor for psychology interns from Asian and Australian universities. Graham is passionate about Asia (that’s why he lives here) and passionate about the competent use of tests in Asia.

In recognition of voluntary contributions to society and the less fortunate, Graham has been awarded honorary life membership of the British Red Cross Society and was nominated for the Wesley Hospital “Ideals in Action” award. Outside of work, Graham enjoys latin dance, weight-lifting/training and is an avid private pilot! He has also co-founded a charity in the Philippines calledBui Doi Philippines which focuses on building esteem in young people and funding them through school and college so that they can work in desirable jobs.

UK courses are usually facilitated by Max Choi, a Chartered Psychologist and/or Richard Ogden, an Occupational Psychologist.