Pearson is committed to maintaining professional standards in testing. A central principle of professional test use is that individuals should use only those tests for which they have the appropriate training and expertise. Pearson supports this principle by stating qualifications for the use of particular tests and selling tests to individuals who provide credentials that meet those qualifications. The policies that Pearson uses to comply with professional testing practices are described below.
The "Qualified User" is the individual who assumes responsibility for all aspects of appropriate test use, including administration, scoring, interpretation, and application of results. Some tests may be administered or scored by individuals with less training, as long as they are under the supervision of a Qualified User. To assist the qualified user, each test manual will provide additional detail on administration, scoring and/or interpretation requirements and options for the particular test.
Qualification Level CL3
(From November 2021, this will be known as Qualification Level A)
There are no special qualifications to purchase these products.
Qualification Level CL2 / Qualification Level CL2R
(From November 2021, these levels will be combined and known as Qualification Level B)
Tests may be purchased by individuals with:
A master's degree in psychology, education, speech language therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counselling, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
Certification by or full active membership in a professional organisation (E.g. RCOT, RCSLT, BMA, RCN, RCPsych, SASC, HCPC) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.
Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, social work, counselling, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
Qualification Level CL1
(From November 2021, this will be known as Qualification Level C)
Tests with a CL1 qualification require a high level of expertise in test interpretation, and can be purchased by individuals with:
A doctorate degree in psychology, education, or a closely related field with formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments related to the intended use of the assessment.
Certification by or full active membership in a professional organisation (E.g. BPS, ACP-UK, AEP, BNS) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.
Purchasing as a qualified user
Individual qualification levels
Similar to our product levels, all website customers are assigned an individual qualification level of either CL1, CL2, CL2R, or CL3 to allow for purchasing of corresponding assessments.
Qualification information can be entered either when you are prompted during the initial website account registration process or at any time after your website account is created by signing in to account and navigating in the top menu to My Account. You may update your qualifications at any time in the same section.
Customers who obtain a CL1 level can purchase any product on the website while customers with CL2 level can only purchase CL2, CL2R, or CL3 level products. Customers with CL3 level may only purchase CL3 level products. For further information please view the qualifications policy and full table of qualifications requirements.
Please note, if you are not the qualified user but are purchasing an assessment on behalf of someone else in your organisation who is, you may still be able to purchase products at a higher qualification level. For this information, please visit the purchasing on behalf of a qualified user information below.
Purchasing on behalf of a qualified user
In the majority of cases, the customer purchasing an assessment is also the qualified user that will administer the assessment. The ability to purchase an assessment depends on that customer’s individual qualification level.
However, in some cases purchasing agents, administrative assistants, financial officers, etc. may need to purchase assessments on behalf of a qualified user who will ultimately administer the assessment. These purchasers may not hold the required individual qualification level necessary to purchase the required assessment products. In these cases, a customer can opt to purchase on behalf of another qualified user instead of themselves.
To purchase on behalf of a qualified user this currently cannot be done online. Please visit the manual ordering page and purchase by email or phone.
Customers cannot purchase on behalf of others who are not part of the same organisation.