Test Development & Educational Product Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a crucial part of the certification development process. We could not offer the most exceptional credentialing services without the contributions of volunteers’ time, talent and expertise. Should you be chosen to be a volunteer and complete your service, you will receive points toward your next recertification.

    Test Development Committee Descriptions

    Job Analysis Task Force Committee

    The purpose of this committee is to determine a set of competencies and skills essential to current perioperative nursing. This committee requires an extended commitment during a period of 6 months to ensure continuity throughout the process. 

    Test Specifications Committee 

    This committee concludes the Job Analysis process. Members include volunteers from the Job Analysis Task Force Committee and new volunteers. The goal of this committee is to create content outlines for the CNOR or CSSM exam blueprint.

    Item Writing Committee 

    Writers develop items (commonly referred to as exam questions) according to test plan specifications with provided references. Individuals selected for writing items will receive training and materials on how to write a valid, defensible test question. This committee will meet either in person or remotely via webinar.

    Item Review Committee 

    The goal of this committee is to review, and potentially edit, newly written items (i.e., exam questions). Reviewers evaluate an item’s relevance to the exam content outline, content accuracy, correctness of answers, potential geographic bias, and language clarity. This committee will meet either in person or remotely via webinar. 

    Standard Setting Committee

    Members of this committee critically evaluate new exam forms to determine cut scores that will be used to measure a candidate’s performance. Part of this process entails taking the new form of the exam just as an examinee would.

    Item Bank Review Committee 

    This committee reviews categorization of all items (i.e., exam questions) in each exam's subject areas. The goal of this committee is to reassign items and/or assign newly written items to appropriate subject areas.

    Form Review Committee 

    Committee members meet to review all items (i.e., exam questions) selected for the examination form. Such matters as correctness of answers, prevention of geographic bias, language clarity and appropriateness of items are considered during the form review process.

    Problem Item Notification (PIN) Call Committee 

    The purpose of this committee is to review items (i.e., exam questions) that performed outside expected parameters and were flagged for review. 

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    Educational Product Development Committee Description

    The volunteer on an Educational Product Development Committee for item writing will be required to review provided materials and to write 20 items (practice exam questions) to be reviewed for use in CCI exam prep products (eg, practice exams, flashcards, exam prep books). The average volunteer spends 20 hours over a 3-week period.

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    CNS-CP Portfolio Peer Reviewer Description

    CNS-CP Professional Portfolio is CCI’s new mechanism for certifying Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) working in the perioperative setting. The portfolio is based on a project in which the CNS has played a lead role in its design, implementation, and evaluation. This method of certification relies on a peer review of portfolio contents. Peer reviewer evaluations are used to determine success of the portfolio in meeting core CNS competencies and CCI task and knowledge statements.

    The volunteer who serves as a peer reviewer for portfolio submissions will be required to hold expertise in project management at the patient, nurse, and systems levels. Peer reviewers will use a standardized rubric to evaluate applicant documents. Peer reviewers must have excellent analytical and communication skills, both written and verbal. The ability to access linked files in an electronic storage (Dropbox) account is required. Time commitment includes:

    • Orientation (45-60 minutes) via webinar
    • Estimated amount of time for each portfolio review is 2-3 hours, including feedback to other reviewers/CCI staff (either via e-mail or phone). 

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