NCWM Model Field Training Program

Inspector and trainee with a scale

This training manual was developed by an NCWM Task Group and finalized in 2014. It is made available to the general public to assist weights and measures administrators and training officers in verifying and documenting progress toward successfully training new inspectors. Available for download in Word and PDF format.

Model Field Training Program
Model Field Training Program

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Potential benefits of this project:

  • Ensures consistent training under the guidance of a senior inspector.
  • Enhances the professionalism of your staff.
  • Provides solid documentation that training has in fact been provided and the result of the training.
  • Provides solid documentation of any deficiencies of the trainee in the event of a negative hire.
  • Protection of your department from lawsuits based on lack of proper training and vicarious liability issues.
  • Provides lateral opportunities for those selected to act as Field Training Inspectors and prepares them for supervisor positions.
  • Ensures that the public we serve has the most competent, well-trained government regulators in the marketplace.

This program requires the state or jurisdiction to identify Field Training Inspectors (FTIs) to work with the new hire in the field and use this manual to ensure the new inspector is competent in all of the required basic skills needed to perform the function of an entry level weights and measures official. This manual is designed as a shell, with examples of universal competencies identified by subject matter experts. It is set up in a format that allows the FTI to verify and sign off as the competency is achieved and demonstrated by the trainee. The trainee is graded on a competency based evaluation scale (CBES).

After each manual “phase” is completed, an overall evaluation form filled out by the FTI which covers the strengths and weaknesses identified during the training period. Both FTI and trainee sign off and acknowledge the overview. Ideally the training takes 6-9 months depending on the skill level of the trainee, but within the probation period so employers can make informed decisions as to the retention of the trainee.

While a written test is a good way to evaluate memorization of facts, only through actual fieldwork can a FTI be sure a candidate can actually do the job properly with little or no supervision.