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    • 05/02/2024
    • 05/03/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual
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    Multiple-choice tests can measure a range of different types of knowledge and competencies, and the efficiencies gained from mass administering and scoring of such exams make them a popular assessment tool to use in your exam plans. A well-constructed multiple-choice test will adequately differentiate candidates with high and low levels of knowledge and competencies; however, a poorly constructed multiple-choice exam will generate misleading results and adversely affect your hiring processes.

    This course will be offered in two half-day sessions and will combine and cover the essential elements of multiple-choice item writing and editing, and interpreting and analyzing multiple-choice item analysis reports.

    The first segment of this course will cover the multiple-choice test construction process to ensure that your recruitment assessments contain enough quality items that reliably measure the necessary knowledge and competencies of the job. The second segment will cover the use and interpretation of item analysis data to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of your multiple-choice items as well as the overall exam.

    By the end of this training, you will learn about: 

    • The structure and terminology of a multiple-choice item.
    • Basics and best practices of item writing and editing.
    • The key characteristics of a good test multiple-choice item.
    • Common item flaws and how to avoid them.
    • Writing items that are appropriate for unproctored tests.
    • Using item analysis to identify effective and problematic multiple-choice items
    • Item Analysis terminology (item discrimination, point-biserial correlation, item difficulty, distractor analysis, statistical reliability, and other related statistical concepts).

    Schedule:

    May 2, 2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    May 3, 2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    About our presenter:

    Alycia Leach joined Contra Costa County as a Principal Human Resources Analyst in May 2019, after over 3 years as a Senior Assessment Development Analyst with the City & County of San Francisco. She is an advocate for data-driven test development that will holistically and meaningfully assess candidate skill sets. Alycia's previous experience includes Human Resources functions for NASA and a waste management company in Louisiana. Alycia has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University.

    Cost:

    Non-Member: $200 until April 3, 2024; $225 on or after April 4, 2024

    Member: $100 until April 3, 2024; $125 on or after April 4, 2024

    If you work for a member agency, but do not have a login, please create an account and request member access. You must register with your work email address. 

    Registration will close automatically at 35 participants, or on April 28, 2024, whichever occurs first.

    • 06/17/2024
    • 06/21/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 9
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    Do you want to conduct a sound classification analysis but have no idea where to start?

    You are not a subject matter expert, so how do you defend a current position or whether a position is working out of class or merely performing complex duties?

    Given the politics, what is the point of a comprehensive classification analysis?

    These are some common and important questions. In this interactive workshop, you will learn the foundation of classification and answers to these questions and many more. After some theory and activities, reinforced with real life situations, at the conclusion of the workshop, participants should have an increased knowledge of and the ability to integrate and utilize the following:

    • Reasons to conduct a classification study
    • Job families and classification levels
    • Broad vs. narrow classifications - identify when classifications should be consolidated
    • Allocation factors
    • Managing a classification interview
    • Conducting the analysis and developing a defensible classification report
    • Creating and revising a classification specification
    • Classification changes and the politics

    Part I: Classification Foundation and how to conduct a classification study

    This part of the training will provide an overview of the fundamentals of classification analysis. What is it? Why do we do it? Why is maintaining the classification system important and what are the ingredients? You will learn about job families, classification levels, and allocation factors, and how to use them to conduct a classification analysis.  Lastly, we will discuss when you should and shouldn’t use the classification process.

    Part II: Data Collection, Analysis, and the Art of Crafting a Defensible Report  

    This part of the training will dive deeper into the classification foundation by using the allocation factors to manage the classification interview and evaluating single and multiple incumbent positions to make a classification recommendation. We will finalize the analysis by understanding the steps to write a defensible classification report, irrespective of politics, and how to write and/or update a classification specification. In addition, we will also discuss strategies to manage the classification review/appeal process.


    About our presenter:

    Tameka Usher is currently the Director of Administrative Services with the City of Rocklin. She was previously employed by the County of El Dorado (3 years) as the Director of Human Resources; Koff & Associates (1 year) as a Project Manager; and CPS HR Consulting (11 years) as a Product and Services Manager (Classification and Compensation Division and Merit System Services Division). As a practitioner and instructor, her dynamic training style, as well as her relevant and practical knowledge and skills allow her to bring to life more than 12 years of experience conducting a variety of classification and compensation studies for public sector clients across the country. Classification experience includes both single and multiple series/level classification studies that included class spec updates, development of new class series, class consolidation, etc. Compensation experience includes both small and large base salary and total compensation studies that consist of compensation philosophy development, compaction analysis, salary recommendations, and strategy implementation. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources.

    Registration: If you work for a member agency, but do not have a login, please create an account and request member access. You must register with your work email address. 

    Registration will close on June 10, 2024, or when all seats have been reserved. 


    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual
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    Interested in learning how to navigate the art and science of compensation? Compensation data can be very helpful in providing an external trend, but it also raises employees’ expectations, and requires both analysis and strategy. This course will combine and cover the essential elements of compensation analysis!

    Part I - Compensation Foundations

    This session will provide an overview of the fundamentals of compensation analysis. What is it? Why do we do it? What is a compensation philosophy and how do I develop one? Learn about the “whole job evaluation” methodology and approaches to compensation studies and identifying your labor market, choosing benchmark classifications.

    Part II - Auditing & Data Analysis

    This session will cover collecting the market data, verifying the appropriateness of identified comparable classifications, and auditing matches to identify the accuracy of the salary data. In addition to the implementation of developing salary recommendations, and implementation strategies.

    The zoom link will be provided to registered attendees.

    About our presenter:

    Tameka Usher is currently the Director of Administrative Services with the City of Rocklin. She was previously employed by the County of El Dorado (3 years) as the Director of Human Resources; Koff & Associates (1 year) as a Project Manager; and CPS HR Consulting (11 years) as a Product and Services Manager (Classification and Compensation Division and Merit System Services Division). As a practitioner and instructor, her dynamic training style, as well as her relevant and practical knowledge and skills allow her to bring to life more than 12 years of experience conducting a variety of classification and compensation studies for public sector clients across the country. Classification experience includes both single and multiple series/level classification studies that included class spec updates, development of new class series, class consolidation, etc. Compensation experience includes both small and large base salary and total compensation studies that consisted of compensation philosophy development, compaction analysis, salary recommendations, and strategy implementation. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources.


    If you work for a member agency, but do not have a login, please create an account and request member access. You must register with your work email address. 

    Registration will close on June 17, 2024.


    • 06/25/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 27
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    Job Analysis is the foundation of assessment and classification, and incorporating competency models extends the usefulness of the job analysis data to performance management and employee development. In four half-day sessions, you will learn a simple process for identifying the right competencies, and collecting and analyzing job analytic data.

    Part I - Competency Modeling

    Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and individual and group exercises, participants will gain an understanding of the terms and application of "Competency" and "Competency Modeling" and how it complements Job Analysis. This course will address issues that competency modeling might resolve, design parameters, key design features, rating and sorting duties and competencies, and how to apply competencies in examination design. Participants will receive an electronic copy of the WRIPAC Competency Framework. 

    Part II - Job Analysis 

    This interactive two-session workshop will focus on the WRIPAC Job Analysis Method. This comprehensive method is designed to identify the essential job tasks and associated knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies required to satisfactorily perform those tasks. The WRIPAC Job Analysis Method is flexible enough to be used in any jurisdiction and for a variety of classifications. It is compliant with the 1978 Federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. This workshop includes group discussions and practical exercises. 

    Schedule:

    • Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 9:00-12:00
    • Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 9:00-12:00
    • Thursday, June 27, 2024, 1:00-4:00
    • Friday June 28, 2024, 1:00-4:00

    The zoom link will be provided to registered attendees. 

    About our presenters:

    Amber Lytle is currently a Human Resources Manager with the City of Oakland. She was previously a Principal HR Analyst for Contra Costa County, Human Resources Department and formerly held the title of Exams Systems Supervisor with the City and County of San Francisco, Department of Human Resources. Amber has held memberships with SIOP, PTC-NC, WRIPAC, SHRM, and CALPELRA.

    Amber completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her coursework for her master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. Amber prides herself on her commitment to serving the community through her work with various public agencies. She is excited share her knowledge of competency modeling, job analyses, and exam development. 


    If you work for a member agency, but do not have a login, please create an account and request member access. You must register with your work email address. 

    Registration will close on June 21, 2024, or when all seats have been reserved. 


    • 07/25/2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    WRIPAC Summer 2024 Virtual Roundtable Discussion

    You are invited to join us!


    Roundtable Information

    From time to time, we all need a platform to share ideas, experiences and collaborate with fellow professionals. In preparation for the Roundtable, please think about the toughest challenges your agency is facing with respect to recruitment. Perhaps you might want to know how other agencies are dealing with a specific recruitment issue or scenario. You may also come prepared to discuss or ask questions in other areas outside of recruitment if you like.


    Our Summer WRIPAC Roundtable will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to you after completing the registration.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope to see you soon!


    Israel Cobos

    WRIPAC President

    • 11/14/2024
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    WRIPAC Autumn 2024 Virtual Roundtable Discussion

    You are invited to join us!


    Roundtable Information

    From time to time, we all need a platform to share ideas, experiences and collaborate with fellow professionals. In preparation for the Roundtable, please think about the toughest challenges your agency is facing with respect to recruitment. Perhaps you might want to know how other agencies are dealing with a specific recruitment issue or scenario. You may also come prepared to discuss or ask questions in other areas outside of recruitment if you like.


    Our Autumn WRIPAC Roundtable will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, November 14, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to you after completing the registration.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope to see you soon!


    Israel Cobos

    WRIPAC President

    • 03/20/2025
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
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    WRIPAC Spring 2025 Virtual Roundtable Discussion

    You are invited to join us!


    Roundtable Information

    From time to time, we all need a platform to share ideas, experiences and collaborate with fellow professionals. In preparation for the Roundtable, please think about the toughest challenges your agency is facing with respect to recruitment. Perhaps you might want to know how other agencies are dealing with a specific recruitment issue or scenario. You may also come prepared to discuss or ask questions in other areas outside of recruitment if you like.


    Our Autumn WRIPAC Roundtable will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, March 20, 2025, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to you after completing the registration.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We hope to see you soon!


    Israel Cobos

    WRIPAC President

TRAINING CANCELLATION POLICY:

No refunds will be given for cancellations after the early registration deadline, regardless of payment status. If you cancel after the early registration deadline, you will still be responsible for paying the full registration fee.

Cancellations made before the early registration deadline will receive a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee.

Agencies may transfer registration to another employee by contacting the designated contact for that training until 24 hours before the training.

ONLINE TRAINING:

Each participant must register separately. Participants who share their login credentials with others will be removed from the training, and no refunds will be provided. WRIPAC trainings are low-cost interactive workshops, and not designed for participants to share login or registration with others. 


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