With all the posts mentioning inexperience, inability and alleged lowering of standards, should there be a system of evaluation and requalification across the AT trade? For each level of AT, regardless of post/unit, there could be a standardised system of examinations to maintain (ensure) the highest possible levels of ebility and professionalism. Some of the areas that could be covered include, but are not limited to, Licensing (IEDD & CMD), a spotter exam, reference tests and assessed Unit inspections. Perhaps even BCMD and theory exams. What would be the point in all this and when would we find the time? 1. Well, as already mentioned, standards for one thing need to be picked up in some cases and maintained in others. 2. Skill fade, particularly if you happen to have spent the last two posting stuck doing the same thing day in day out. 3. Ability to ensure that ATs are keeping themselves up to date (changes in procedures, legislation, etc). 4. A measure to assess suitability for promotion. 5. A rounded, improved employability across the trade. 6. A better trade would give additional strength to the pursual of Qualification/Specialist Pay. If you don't pass your evaluations within a given time frame - you don't get the additional pay. How could it be administered? Perhaps it could be a job for PAnTO and the command SAT if and when he is established. The exams and non-practicals could all be electronic with the practical assesments filtered into the current systems. Okay there are draw backs and yes licensing is 6 monthly but , for the purposes of annual assesments an individual would only need to pass it once a year.