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Evaluation of the Safety Content in the National Association of Industrial Technology Certification Exam

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  • Steven A. Freeman (Iowa State University)
  • Dennis W. Field (Eastern Kentucky University)
  • Chandra W. Lott (Iowa State University)
  • Charles V. Schwab (Iowa State University)

Abstract

This study addresses the safety portion of the National Association of Indus- trial Technology (NAIT) Certification exam. NAIT promotes the field of industrial technology in education, business, and industry. Certification is the recognition of voluntarily achieved standards by the profession that created the proposed standards. Certification programs are used to define a required body of knowledge and skills, and establish common performance standards. The NAIT certification exam began its initial development in the 1990s. Since its development, the safety portion of the certification exam has not been reevaluated critically. A survey with an expert panel was used to determine if the safety content of the NAIT certification exam was still appropriate. Participants, made up of members of the NAIT Safey Division, identified 30 safety topics as being important enough to be represented in the safety portion of the NAIT certification exam. This study concluded that while terminology may have changed slightly, the safety topics covered on the NAIT certification exam are still relevant and current.

Keywords: assessment|certification|NAIT|professional development|safety

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Freeman, S. A. & Field, D. W. & Lott, C. W. & Schwab, C. V., (2009) “Evaluation of the Safety Content in the National Association of Industrial Technology Certification Exam”, The Journal of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering 25(1).

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01 Jan 2009
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