Matters Involving Practical Examiners
(A) Failed Audits
(1) NCCCO conducts audits of practical test sites and practical examiners on the basis of a variety of criteria, including without limitation, random selection, issues reported by third parties, unusually high or low pass rates, new test sites, and probationary examiners.
(2) If a Practical Examiner’s total audit score is greater than thirty (30) on the Audit Discrepancy Matrix, the Practical Examiner shall be immediately suspended temporarily and an investigation shall be opened into the matter. As a general rule, any sanctions imposed on a Practical Examiner as a consequence of an audit shall be reviewed and approved by the PIT.
(3) The PIT does not review provisional Practical Examiner audits. However, if a Provisional Examiner contests his or her audit results, upon a written request from the Provisional Examiner, the PIT will review, evaluate, and investigate the matter. The PIT will determine, based on the investigation, whether the original audit results should stand, or whether there is sufficient evidence to overturn the original results based on the Practical Exam Management Committee’s requirements for passing an audit.
(B) Violations of the “Three Strikes” Policy
(1) Examiners are subject to being sanctioned if they commit three (3) Major Infractions within a 5-year period.Any three (3) Minor Infractions during any one (1) year period will be deemed to be a Major Infraction.The definitions of a Major Infraction and a Minor Infraction can be found in the Practical Examiner Handbook.
(2) Any sanctions imposed on a Practical Examiner as a consequence of the “Three Strikes” policy shall be reviewed and approved by the PIT. Findings of infractions and warnings involving the foregoing policy are not reviewed by the PIT unless and until any sanction is to be imposed under the rule.
(C) Late Score Sheets
(1) In general, NCCCO will not accept or score any practical exam score sheets received more than 12 months past the original test date.
(2) Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event of unique and genuinely extenuating circumstances suggesting that NCCCO actually or constructively received the score sheet at issue less than 12 months after the original test date, and if validity and reliability requirements are satisfied, such a score sheet may be accepted upon approval by the PIT.