People assessment in industry: a bright or debauched future?

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People assessment in industry (PAI) hosted a breakfast seminar in association with SIOPSA with the topic of discussion "Psychological assessment at a cross-road”.

The Thomas South Africa Psychology team attended a breakfast seminar hosted by People Assessment in Industry (PAI) in association with SIOPSA, with the topic of discussion “Psychological assessment at a cross-road”.

PAI is representative of an independent body, but also works in partnership with professional associations such as the HPCSA, ATP, ACSG and ITC, among others. One of the key messages of the workshop was that the PAI’s purpose is to ensure that assessments in South Africa are practiced in a fair and ethical manner.

The event attracted a number of key professionals, including people such as Marise Born, David Bischof, Nadene Venter, Dr. Marie de Beer, Prof. David Maree, Prof. Sumaya Laher and Prof. Deon Meiring. It also introduced delegates to topics such as the ISO 10667 (International standard for assessment in work and organizational settings), EFPA (European Federation of Psychologists Associations) and ITC, which once again emphasised significance and importance of competence in providing quality assessment services.

The current climate in South Africa means we are experiencing some challenges, with questions such as; “what exactly is a psychological test?”, “is there a need to revise the classification system?” and “do we have enough test evaluators?” all pertinent. In order to proceed successfully in such an environment, an effective, well-functioning system needs to be put into place.

The leading question still remains: why do we discuss the same questions from every industry workshop, yet nothing seems to change? It comes down to one thing, which is that the change needs to start with you. We can attend as many events and raise as many concerns as we like, but if we do not find an avenue to overcome challenges and obstacles and improve our communication with the relevant stakeholders then we are at risk of not seeing a bright future for assessments.