Checklists measure the development of clinical skills and other observable behaviors relative to a predetermined standard.

In clinical education and training, a competency-based skills assessment instrument is used to obtain an objective and standardized evaluation of clinical skills or other observable behaviors (e.g., counseling or presentation skills). Checklists focus on the key steps or tasks of a procedure or activity (i.e., the steps that are considered “critical” in determining whether the learner is competent to provide the skill at the job site). To assess a learner’s skills, the learner performs the steps while the trainer observes using the checklist.

Criteria for satisfactory performance by the participant are based on the knowledge, attitudes and skills set forth in the reference manual and practiced during training. In preparing for formal evaluation by the trainer(s), participants can familiarize themselves with the content of the checklist by critiquing each other's skills.

Satisfactory: Performs the step or task according to standard procedure or guidelines

Unsatisfactory: Unable to perform the step or task according to standard procedure or guidelines

Not Observed: Step, task or skill not performed by participant during evaluation by trainer

When determining competence, the judgment of a skilled trainer is the most important factor. Thus, in the final analysis, competence carries more weight than the number of presentations (which may be only two or less depending on the number of participants attending this course). Because the goal of this training is to enable every participant to achieve competency, additional training or practice in these skills may be necessary.