The heart of the WCA credentialing program are the skill standards which are an observable, measurable level of achievement or performance. Rather than using a written test to determine a candidate’s skill level, we feel it’s much more useful to observe someone using a tool, so we’ve written thousands of Skill Standards for hundreds of tools covering a broad spectrum of the woodworking industry.
There are a number of tool categories, with each tool broken down into a number of operations, each of which has two potential testing levels:
Evaluators are experienced woodworking professionals or educators who evaluate candidates using the Skill Standards. There are over 190 in North America, and we are recruiting and training more every month.
Has the same responsibilities as any Accredited Skill Evaluator. In addition, the Chiefs supervise the ASE’s in their region and serve as principal training officers for new ASE’s.
Skill Points and Assessment Credits
Skill Points are earned each time a candidate is tested, or assessed, on a tool operation which are accumulated and used to earn a credential. Testing a level 1 earns one point, and testing at level 2 earns an additional one point. Assessment credits are purchased from the WCA and spent each time a candidate is assessed.
One Skill Point uses one assessment credit at a cost of $5 per credit.