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1 Ergometrics Exams Overview and Candidate Preparation Kansas School Seminar July 15, 2013

2 Agenda – Company overview – Test security – New features to improve candidate experience – How schools can help students – Overview of exams – Example service – Questions and answers

3 Ergometrics Overview Established in 1981 Based in Lynnwood, Washington Professional test developers Over 1450 Clients Very familiar with high stakes testing e.g., Cosmetology professions, Police, Fire, 911

4 Security Reminder Exam security is critical to the integrity of the exam process – Violations of exam security can have legal and financial consequences Confidentiality waiver that prohibits discussion of exam content or re-creation of exam content Discussing exam content is not appropriate If a student has a question about specific exam content, refer them to Ergometrics

5 New Features New features to improve candidate experience Three dedicated locations (Topeka, Wichita, Great Bend) Easier scheduling Small groups Calm, organized atmosphere Streamlined check in

6 Ergometrics Exams Candidates demonstrate ability to perform services in a way that is safe, sanitary and legal. Licensure for minimum competency. Measure candidates’ knowledge of legal scope of practice within the State.

7 Exams Overview ProfessionWrittenPractical CosmetologyXX EstheticsXX Nail TechnologyXX ElectrologyXX Body PiercingXX Tattooing/Permanent CosmeticsXX InstructorX

8 How Schools Can Help Students Be sure candidates understand requirements in handbook Licensing is not based on an individual school’s curriculum. Successful candidates will be licensed to perform all services allowed by law. Make sure candidates are bringing complete, organized kits Remind candidates to required ID

9 How Schools Can Help Students Practice with your students so they are comfortable with timing Explain that time is intended to be generous If candidates race as if they are in a competition they are likely to make mistakes Explain that evaluators are professionals who have been through testing themselves They understand candidates may be nervous and are happy to see candidates succeed

10 Arriving at the Testing Center Candidates report on exam day with kit Same facility in Fife Practical tests will also be offered in Spokane General introduction – Facility – General rules

11 Arriving at the Testing Center It is common for a candidate to arrive without proper ID to take the test. Valid forms of ID are: A valid driver’s license Military ID with photo and signature U.S. Passport A government-issued ID card Birth certificate Voter’s card

12 Test Requirements All hours and training requirements met Correct ID requirements Check in begins 30 minutes prior to exams – no late arrivals Candidates bring complete kits for practical Usernames and passwords for written exams

13 Candidate Preparation Guides Available on Answers to common questions Instructions for registering Test requirements Important exam day information – Identification requirements – Exam rules – General policies – What to expect when you arrive to your test

14 Written Exams Computer-based tests 100 – 120 questions (state law/rules and profession) 2 hours Knowledge required to perform the profession Industry standard textbooks, universal safety and sanitation precautions, and Kansas State Rules and Regulations

15 Practical Exams Candidates must perform each task: taking appropriate safety and sanitation precautions (draping, client protection, etc.). without cross contamination of bacteria through products (sanitary removal from containers, etc.). maintaining consumer and personal sanitation (hand sanitation, sanitary linens, etc.). using tools, implements and products safely (curling iron, shears, chemical exposure, etc.).

16 Practical Exam Center Administered in a testing setting Brooms and dustpans are available Workstations are 25-30” deep, 34-35” wide and 35-36” tall Mannequin clamps must fit 2” countertop Waste receptacles (freestanding) and kit must be stored under the workstation

17 Sample Test Center

18 Practical Exam Kits Candidates are responsible for bringing a complete kit Clamp, tools and implements must be in working order All products must be clearly labeled in English and visible to evaluators Implements, tools, linens and paper products must be visibly clean and sanitary

19 Mannequins & Live Models Head mannequins – At least 7” of hair – Thermal curl, haircut, chemical wave – Hair coloring & lightening, chemical relaxing – Esthetics exam Hand mannequins – Must have all 5 nails attached – No trainer hands

20 Mannequins & Live Models Live models Electrology (actual hair removal) Body Piercing, Tattooing/Permanent Cosmetics (mock service) At least 18 years old Not a licensee or apprentice Screened for contraindications and health risks Candidates responsible for pre-screening NTN/Ergometrics not responsible

21 Blood Spill Kit Required for Blood Spill procedures demonstration Required in event of actual blood spill during exam Contents as defined by Kansas Rules and Regulations and federal universal precautions Set out on workstation during setup, remains during entire exam

22 Practical Exams - Rating Entry-level practitioners Priority is on safe and sanitary performance of tasks Breaks in sanitation must be remedied – Hand sanitation – Sanitary product application and storage – Disinfect work surfaces – Maintain kit sanitation

23 During Practical Exams Evaluators will not assist candidates Evaluators may not answer candidate questions No talking among candidates No unauthorized materials No disruptive behavior

24 Technical Support

25 Questions

26 Example Service cosmetologykansas.com

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29 Practical Exams - Services Listed with timing in Exam Preparation Guides

30 Practical Exams - Services Each service is outlined step by step Complete all steps of the service safely using tools and clearly labeled products without cross contamination or risk

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33 Chemical Waving (20 minutes)

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