Online assessment enables certification bodies to deliver programs at speed and scale
August 25, 2021 — IT certifiers need to scale up their programs to combat a global skills shortage. Continuing to use online tests after the pandemic will help organizations deliver certifications quickly and at scale, says Questionmark, the online assessment provider. This will help plug the skills gap.
Global demand for modern technology skills is rapidly outstripping supply. In the United States (US), tech positions are among the hardest to fill. The United Kingdom (UK) has created 100,000 new jobs in the tech industry since the start of the pandemic.
The most-in-demand skills across the US, UK and Australia include cybersecurity, organizational change management, enterprise architecture and advanced analytics.
The higher education system is struggling to keep up with this demand for new skills. A US survey of education officials found that 52% are struggling to attract instructors with sufficient experience. Many campuses do not have the capabilities and associated technical support.
This means that certification programs that focus on upskilling the current workforce are essential to meeting the growing demand for skills.
John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “Certification bodies need to pick up the pace to ensure that firms have the modern skills they need. Online assessments enable them to test an unlimited number of candidates.”
Online tests cut down on travel time and make it easier for people to participate. Even with the easing of social distancing requirements, online assessment can prove far more time and cost efficient, effective and environmental than asking candidates to travel to test centers.”
Questionmark Proctoring Online helps certification bodies guard against cheating and content theft. Questionmark provides an online proctor who supervises a test taker using the webcam and audio built into the test taker’s computer. The proctor confirms the test taker’s identity and can pause or terminate the assessment if they see suspicious behavior.
Proctoring Online enables assessments to be taken from home or office, removing the need to travel to a test center, without compromising on security.
Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.
Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.
Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.