5. 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 settings.
Different methods of evaluating trainee performance during these training programs are appropriate.
Among these methods are written examinations and quizzes, oral examinations, and performance
tests. It is important that evaluation methods are consistent with the training setting. General
guidelines for using these evaluation methods are given below.
5.2 Knowledge Evaluation
In knowledge areas such as administrative, academic, and systems training, the recommended
method of trainee evaluation is the use of written short-answer, multiple-choice, or essay
examinations at the conclusion of each course. Oral examinations may also be used to determine
knowledge level. 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.
5.3 Performance Tests
Performance tests should be structured to measure trainees' performance against established
criteria. Areas that should be covered include:
Technical and facility administrative procedure usage
Tool and equipment selection
Industrial safety practices
Facility safety and reliability awareness
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