Consistency between examiners and instructors is important to the credibility of the BMFA Achievement Scheme. Examiner & Instructor Workshops provide a mechanism to improve consistency, stimulate interest and at the same time promote the achievement scheme.
The primary objective of a workshop is to give Area Chief Examiners & Instructors and Club Examiners & Instructors a mechanism by which to maintain competency and currency, and also the opportunity to share information and discuss the requirements of the various Acheivement Scheme tests, in a relaxed and informal environment. The promotion of Examiner & Instructor workshops is a nationwide initiative and has the backing of the BMFA Full Council, the ASRC and the Achievement Scheme Controller.
Workshops are generally organised by Areas and delivered by the Area Chief Examiners. They are usually one day events, although you could make a weekend of it if appropriate. At a workshop, Examiners are asked to ‘score’ individuals whilst they perform a mock test or tests, from whichever disciplines you wish to cover, following which there is the opportunity to compare notes and discuss the performance, as well as the test format etc.
There are many benefits in organising a workshop, these include:-
- They provide a ‘refresher’ for examiners to help them keep up to date. The guidelines for the various tests are reviewed annually and hence potentially change with time. Attendance at a workshop will identify to examiners any revisions that they may not otherwise have noticed.
- They improve consistency between examiners.Instructors can see exactly what examiners are looking for during a test, which should provide useful guidance for their activities.
- They provide the opportunity for examiners and instructors at all levels to meet, discuss the scheme, and share experiences.
- Workshops are a useful source of input and feedback into the review and development of the Guidance documents for the various tests.
- They provide potential candidates with first hand experience of the test environment and practical examples of exactly what the examiners will be looking for.