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Qualification Levels

In accordance with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and PAR's competency-based qualification guidelines, many tests and materials sold by PAR are available only to those professionals who are appropriately trained to administer, score, and interpret psychological tests. Eligibility to purchase restricted materials is determined on the basis of training, education, and experience.

To assist in determining eligibility to purchase, we have a process in place for establishing a Customer's qualification level. In addition, all products sold by PAR have a designated qualification level to assist the Customer in determining which products he or she is able to purchase. This qualification level is listed on each product page:

As a new Customer, you may establish your qualification level with PAR by doing one of the following:

If you are an Assistant or Purchasing Agent, see below for three ways to proceed. Because many products sold by PAR are available only to appropriately trained professionals, it is important that the person using the test is qualified at PAR. We realize that purchasing agents and assistants often order on behalf of qualified professionals and we can accommodate this easily.

  • Have the qualified professional who will be using/supervising the use of the materials register on our Web site. After registering, he or she will have the option to add you as an Assistant/Purchasing Agent through the My Account page. Click here for more information.
  • If you believe the qualified professional has already registered with PAR, call 1.800.331.8378 to allow us to search our records.
  • If you only want pricing information, it is not necessary to register. Simply add the items to your cart and select the "Quick Order Form" at the bottom of the shopping cart page. Click here for more information.

Description of our Qualification Levels

Qualification Level: A

(Can purchase only Level A products.)

No special qualifications are required, although the range of products eligible for purchase is limited.

Qualification Level: S

(Can purchase level A and S products.)

A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments.

Qualification Level: B

(Can purchase Level A, S, and B Level products.)

A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests.

Qualification Level: C

(Can purchase all products available from PAR.)

All qualifications for level B plus an advanced professional degree that provides appropriate training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests.

Health Care Providers

Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected level B and/or C instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency) in combination with formal coursework (i.e., tests and measurement, individual assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products.

If you are not already qualified to purchase a level B and/or C product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.)