The Board appoints, normally from among the membership of constituent organisations, a Pool of Assessors to examine applications for certification and renewal of certification. Assessment is by peer review by a selected panel of three Assessors for initial certification and by two Assessors for renewal of certification. This selection will always be made by RPA 2000, although applicants may draw the attention of RPA 2000 to any conflicts of interest that might be thought to influence the choice of appropriate assessors. Similarly, before accepting a portfolio for assessment, Assessors must inform the Assessment Secretary if they identify any potential conflicts of interest.
Potential Assessors should be recommended to the Board by a Board Member, another Assessor or someone of standing in one of the constituent societies. They are required to submit a CV to the Board to demonstrate:
- significant experience in a senior position closely associated with the area of expertise for which they will assess competence, such as senior professional Health Physicist in the nuclear industry, Principal or Consultant Medical Physicist or Consultant RPA;
- extensive experience in the application of regulations specific to the scheme in which they are to become an Assessor, and an up-to-date knowledge of their interpretation;
- a position which entails (or has in the past entailed) appraisal and management of the performance of individuals engaged in the area of expertise for which they will assess competence; and
- the holding of a current RPA 2000 certificate in the subject/work area in which they are to become an Assessor.
The Board will appoint one or more Assessment Secretaries who shall be Members of the Board. For each application the Assessment Secretary shall be responsible for selecting an Assessment Panel of suitably experienced Assessors to adjudicate on the application.