OJT checklists may contain tasks that have both simulate and perform specified as the
acceptable levels of accomplishment. At the time of conducting the OJT and/or the
performance test, the OJT instructor should select the highest level of accomplishment that is
supported by facility conditions. The OJT guide and the evaluation standard for a task that
has multiple levels of accomplishment should be written to support the training and the
evaluation at either level of accomplishment.
For tasks with a single level of accomplishment, there may be times that facility conditions do
not support performance testing at the specified level of accomplishment. If this is the case,
the instructor should inform the OJT program coordinator. The program coordinator may then
reschedule the performance test or, with management's documented concurrence, the specific
level of performance test accomplishment may be lowered. This documented concurrence
should be attached to, and become a permanent part of, the trainee's OJT checklist.
Qualification standards are documents that contain the knowledge and skill requirements
necessary for the successful completion of a training program. A qualification standard should
provide explicit guidance to the instructor and to the trainee to aid in the preparation for and
the consistent administration of performance tests. A qualification standard should include all
program-specific evaluation standards to be used during performance testing. Facilities that
qualify employees on a task basis need not develop a qualification standard. In this case, the
OJT instructor and the trainee only need the task's evaluation standard.
A qualification standard should be prepared consistent with the program's OJT guides and
evaluation standards. It should list the specific procedures and training resource materials
required for each task (e.g., operating procedures, system descriptions, fundamentals text).
This type of information may also be specified on the qualification card/checklist or in other
training documents or procedures. The qualification standard may also include reading
assignments, self-study requirements, study questions, problem analysis exercises, figures
and diagrams, and amplifying information. Qualification standards should not include copies of
facility procedures or training manuals/materials. They should instead reference these
resources. Figure 4 illustrates the inputs to the qualification standard.