walkthroughs, and written examinations, have been completed and properly documented.
This prevents examining a trainee who hasn't completed all the requirements for
Oral board panels typically consist of 3 to 5 members. Individual members ask questions
to probe and assess knowledge. To prepare for the board, each board member should
prepare questions (with answers) to be asked during the board. Questions should
represent a cross section of the material contained in the learning objectives. Follow-up
questions (with answers) should also be prepared prior to the board.
The guideline of having prepared questions and follow-up
questions should not prevent the board member from
developing and asking probing questions (with answers) during
the conduct of the board. These questions, however, are to be
tied directly to the topic covered by the prepared questions.
The questions and answers may be selected from an examination (test item) bank or
developed based on the learning objectives. The questions that are not taken directly from
the examination bank should be reviewed by the training organization for relevancy to the
learning objectives before the board convenes.
Board members should bring copies of their prepared questions and answers to share with
the other board members. This practice helps prevent grading differences between board
Oral Board Participation
Each facility should include in their oral examination procedure a section that specifies who
can participate in oral boards and who can act as the board chair. This section of the
procedure should also specify the voting process, and should accommodate both the
presence and absence of DOE participants. There should be a separate oral board
membership list for each job position. Persons participating in the board should be at an
equal or greater qualification level than the trainee. A representative of the training
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