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Under the direction of the TCC, the Coordinator will perform the following tasks:

  • Work with the TCC to develop the standard for taxonomic certification to be implemented into NELAP as part of its laboratory accreditation procedure.
  • Acquire a bank of questions from taxonomic experts and develop a web-based test procedure for the Self-Examination test.
  • Develop a library of digital images of all appropriate aquatic invertebrate families that will serve as the source of test material for the Level 1 TCE. 
  • Work with the NABS Webmaster and the TCC to develop the web-based Level 1 TCE.
  • Compile from taxonomic experts and maintain sufficient specimens to conduct at least 8 or 9 Level 2 TCE events per year (x 30 candidates).
  • For each Level 2 TCE candidate, select 20 specimens of the relevant taxonomic group, number them, and ship them to the Level 2 TCE site at least 2 weeks before each examination date.
  • Establish a list of Level 1 and Level 2 TCE locations and examination supervisors prior to testing.
  • Co-ordinate with Level 1 and Level TCE supervisors to ensure availability and suitability of resources required for testing.
  • Receive and maintain lists of candidates with records of payments, contact information, and addresses for distribution of examination results.
  • Ensure that results are received from the Level 2 TCE supervisors and recorded in a TCE database.
  • Ensure that electronic (Levels 1 and 2) and hard copy (Level 2) of TCE results for all candidates are archived for a 5-year period for confirmation and for reference against challenged examinations.
  • Work with TCC to establish and enact protocols regarding appeals.
  • Notify each Level 2 TCE candidate electronically and in writing within 10 business days after the date of the examination regarding the results of his/her examination.
  • Identify taxonomic experts.
  • Establish a calendar of test times.
  • Establish a computerized database that will include
    • (i) TCE registration information and fees received from candidates.
    • (ii) Certification records (when, what, where, and from whom certified; certification expiration dates; certification numbers; re-certification information).
    • (iii) Taxonomic experts (credentials; Taxonomic Groups; regions; good quality specimen collection/database for supplying/informing test process).
    • iv) Testing (where and when; registration details; Examination Site and Supervisor costs; links to test sites).
  • Maintain accurate and audited accounts of fees received and costs paid.
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