Division of Occupational Psychology

Assessment Centre Standards

The standards 

While there is much good practice in the area there are also many employers and providers whose practice is not up to standard with a resulting loss of benefit from the exercise and potential detriment to participants. A clear set of standards would promote better practice by facilitating the evaluation of current practice, providing leverage for those who have to argue for the resources needed to carry out a centre effectively and underpinning training and performance management of assessment centre practitioners.

The DOP already produces best practice guidelines for Assessment Centres and the committee has used these a basis for more detailed standards taking into account the latest findings in the literature as well as accumulated practical experience of the group. The new standards are compliant with the more general ISO 10667 standards on assessment. They have also been informed by a survey of practice identifying areas where current practice is most frequently deficient.

Downloading the Standard

The Assessment Centre Standards Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of ‘ The Design and Development of Assessment Centres: A standard produced by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’.

The standard can be downloaded below:

The Design and Development of Assessment Centres: A standard produced by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology

We would like thank all the members of the working group for their effort in producing this standard as well as the many other members of the Division and other assessment centre practitioners who contributed to the work. We hope that you will find the standard useful in promoting and developing best practice.

Overview

The Assessment and Development Centre Standards Working Group was set up to promote standards of practice, which are both ethical and evidence based. While there is much good practice in the area, there are also many employers and providers whose practice is not up to standard with a resulting loss of benefit from the exercise and potential detriment to participants. A clear set of standards would promote better practice by facilitating the evaluation of current practice, providing leverage for those who have to argue for the resources needed to carry out a centre effectively and underpinning training and performance management of assessment centre practitioners.

Working group members

  • Helen Baron, Co-convener
  • Max Choi, Co-convener
  • Alan Bourne
  • Dave Bartram
  • Sue Bawtree
  • Chris Dewberry
  • Nigel Evans
  • Charles Eyre
  • Amelia Hughes
  • Patricia Lindley
  • Claudia Nuttgens
  • Sonia Pawson
  • Nigel Povah
  • Jo Silvester
  • John Toplis
  • Steve Whiddett
  • Derek Wilkie
  • Stuart Robertson
  • Philip Wilson