Board of Certified Hair Colorists

More information on how the certification assessment was developed by The Board of Certified Hair Colorists

DEVELOPING THE CERTIFICATION ASSESSMENT

Developing a protocol to determine the level of excellence has been a sensitive and difficult task due to the need for a common language among haircolorists. The content development committee consulted with manufacturers, haircolorists, and organizations dedicated to the art of haircoloring to develop a consensus of terms pertaining to proper language, techniques, and test procedures needed to accomplish our vision. After all background research was completed, the committee set forth to create the certification assessment.

Once the content was decided upon, Dr. Richard Resurreccion, a professor of vocational education, acted as an advisor to our committee. He had been instrumental in establishing the examination to certify paramedics for the Los Angeles Fire Service. These qualifications have made him uniquely qualified to advise our Board on the preparation of the assessment procedure.

THE STUDY PORTFOLIO

Understanding the materials

The study portfolio is an ebook that contains all of the information and guidelines needed for the written and performance examinations. The comprehensive material is written in easy-to-understand language, providing in-depth knowledge of the interworking of haircolor. It is our hope these materials will become the standard by which haircolor is taught and evaluated.

THE CERTIFICATION ASSESSMENT

Objectives of creating the certification assessment

It is important that the certification assessment is professionally conducted efficiently and generally meets or exceeds accepted testing standards. There must be strong evidence that the written assessment and performance assessment tasks test the skills and abilities required for excellence on the actual job.


Information provided to the candidates prior to taking the certification assessment must be well prepared and of high quality.


It is important that the procedures used by the assessor team are of a consistently high standard; they require formal documentation necessary against failed candidates. It is necessary to validate materials, instructions, and procedures to make certain they to professional test construction techniques.


      COMPLETED OBJECTIVES

      Committee objectives completed

      Objective #1 Document task analysis for each work sample. Specify the relation of tasks to a rating scale. Verify test procedures with a professor of vocational education.

      Objective #2 Determine the extent to which candidates are provided information before the assessment.

      Objective #3 Implement a formal procedure for feedback to the candidates who have failed the assessment and comment on areas of weakness.

      Objective #4 Determine a method by which Assessors are selected, qualified, and trained.

      Objective #5 Construct a test manual for Assessors that standardizes instructions.

      Objective #6 Address the needs of candidates for whom English is not their primary language.

      Objective #7 Evaluate and analyze the test procedure on an annual basis.

      Objective #8 Construct a general test administration manual for candidates.

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