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The course is divided into six lessons. Your task is to move through each part of the course, read the information, watch the video when asked, and answer the questions on your worksheet.  Once you complete the worksheet you will upload it for review and to receive your clock hours for your certification and professional development. You will earn 5 clock hours toward your certification.  You have 30 days to complete the course requirements.

This workshop/course deals primarily with assessment as it relates to the career development and career counseling of clients serviced by America’s Job Centers. The module matches the assessment related competencies as specified by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NADWP). They are similar to what is expected by a career counselor who belongs to the American Counseling Association or the National Career Development Association.

Regardless of your professional affiliations, using assessment in career exploration, career management, and/or educational or training placement, is important for those assisting customers in finding and succeeding in work that offers a living wage and personal fulfillment. It is also important to the employer and society that deserves a worker who reaches his or her potential and contributes his or her skills and abilities to the organization, the institution, and the common good.

Related NAWDP Competencies

  • Administers and interprets a variety of assessment tools.
  • Identifies the kinds of information individuals need, including assessment, in order to make realistic career decisions, and where that information can be found.
  • Knows what skills are needed to search for, obtain, retain, and change employment.
  • Provides customer with career exploration and job development skills.
  • Possesses analytical and observation skills that coupled with knowledge and information can lead to effective problem solving assistance.
  • Identifies customer needs and expectations to create positive customer satisfaction.
Your Instructor: Janet Wall
Janet E. Wall, EdD,  CCSP, JCTC, NCDA CDF-I, NCDA Fellow is the 2011 recipient of the National Career Development Association’s Merit Award and the 2012 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Carl Perkins Government Relations Award and many others, has worked at the federal, state, and school district levels in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and career development. Her work has spanned the public and private sectors from the Pre-K level through executive development.
She is Past President of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) and has been an officer in the Association for Counselors and Educators in Government and the Maryland Career Development Association. As the appointed representative of the American Counseling Association to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP), she has been chair and a member of that group. She chaired or was a working member of several JCTP working groups to include those that produced the Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, the ABC’s of School Testing  video and leaders guide, Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations, and a book on assessment of individuals with disabilities. She represented AACE and NCDA as co-chair of the committee that developed the Career Counselor Assessment and Evaluation Competencies, now endorsed by both associations. She is an active member of the NCDA Technology Committee and owns and moderates the NCDA LinkedIn group which has just under 20,000 members as of this writing.
Janet has co-edited a book on educational and career assessment, and is author of four McGraw-Hill test preparation books for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a book on vocational interests, and one on interactive web tools for the job seeker.  She is a trainer, distance educator, conference presenter, conference keynoter, and writer of articles, reports, and monographs. She has been instrumental in the development of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, serving many millions of youth, and ACT’s DISCOVER. Janet is co-author of the Ability Explorer and assessment published by JIST.
She is the Founder of Career Planning Academy, a multiple award winning learning management system that provides professional development for career development professionals. She can be reached at Visit her LinkedIn page at

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of assessment in the career development process and how it helps both your clients and employers.
  • Identify the assessments used in your job center and list what they measure.
  • Describe the various criteria for selecting the right assessment for your clientele.
  • Verbalize the meaning of reliability and validity.
  • State the cautions in interpreting assessment results.
  • Analyze the assessment you use to be sure that you are using solid assessments that can help your client.