WHY CST PROCTORS ARE SO IMPORTANT
PROCTORS ARE CRITICAL TO THE SUCCESS AND
CREDIBILITY OF THE PROGRAM
If you are reading this it is hopefully because you are considering becoming a proctor for either the on-line or the paper examinations for the National Society of Professional Surveyors’ Certified Survey Technician (CST) program.
Unlike the NCEES surveying licensure examinations, the CST Program, a nationally recognized certification for survey technicians, employs a testing format that is geared to minimize the costs for the applicants and thus relies primarily on the volunteering of others to set up a site for the examination and to proctor the applicants as they take the examination.
Many who volunteer throughout the country are licensed surveyors, engineers, educators, even human resources offices and, in a few cases, a minister and a librarian. They key to becoming a proctor, as you will see in the “Proctor Packet” and “Proctor Approval form” is that you are a truly “disinterested third party” with no direct personal benefit in the success of the examinee. Obviously this is to protect the integrity of the certification process and to “protect all parties concerned against any insinuation that the examinees received special advantage”.
Getting approval to be a proctor and setting up a testing site is not difficult. Over 200 individuals are currently serving as approved proctors and the NSPS office stands ready to assist you as you move to provide this most critical service to the surveying and mapping profession. Thanks you in advance.