8. TRAINEE EVALUATION
The quality of training programs, course content, and instructional methods is best evaluated
by monitoring trainee performance. This guide outlines training that occurs in multiple training
Different methods of evaluating trainee performance during these training programs are
appropriate. Among these methods are written examinations and quizzes, oral checkouts and
examinations, and operational (performance) evaluations.
It is important that evaluation methods are consistent with the training setting. General
guidelines for using these evaluation methods are given below.
8.1 Knowledge Evaluation
In knowledge areas such as administrative, academic, and systems training, the
recommended method of trainee evaluation is written, short-answer, multiple-choice, or essay
examinations at the conclusion of each course. Periodic written quizzes can measure trainee
retention during training courses. The examination should address all subjects within that
course and be designed to measure retention, understanding, and the ability of the trainee to
apply theoretical knowledge. To test the trainees' ability to apply theoretical knowledge, the
examination may include a number of essay questions. Performance on written examinations
should be measured against established learning objectives and an answer key.
8.2 Operational Evaluation
Operational evaluations should be structured to measure a trainee's performance against
established criteria. Areas that should be covered include the following:
Technical and facility administrative procedure usage
Industrial safety practices
Facility safety and reliability awareness