Welcome to the FEI Competency-Based Evaluation System (CES) section on InsideFEI. On this page you will find all the information you need related to the background, the objectives and the actual requirements and processes around the FEI CES, as well as comprehensive FAQs, so that you have all the information at your fingertips.
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In 2016, the FEI created a Working Group on FEI Officials following feedback from the “Officials” sessions (Career Pathway, Education and Appointment & Remuneration) at the FEI Sports Forum earlier that year. Chaired by FEI 2nd Vice President Mark Samuel (CAN) and including representatives from various stakeholder communities as well as supported by the FEI Education Department, the new Working Group was tasked with developing proposals for the improvement and harmonisation of the management, education, and career progression of FEI Officials across all disciplines.
Fifteen Recommendations were brought forward in response to their remit to improve the quality of Officials, their education, opportunities and experiences, as well as the systems in place to manage Officials which in turn will ensure the smooth running of FEI events, and ultimately horse welfare.
Recommendation 3 of the Working Group specifically refers to the introduction of a competency-based evaluation system with the goal of replacing the age limit, which has now been developed by the FEI Education Department and is ready for implementation.
Note: The FEI Education Framework will continue to be developed alongside the FEI Competency-based Evaluation System in order to regulate and administer the status of FEI Officials. The on-the-job performance and the monitoring system will be implemented in the transfer up process which will be an essential part of the FEI Education Framework.
The aim of the FEI Competency-based Evaluation System is to ensure that FEI Officials fulfil all the requirements of their job description and are up-to-date with the current FEI Rules and Regulations, regardless of their age.
The intention of this evaluation system is to include all the different competencies required and assess them in the most objective manner; by discipline, by level, by function and by role, and on a regular basis.
The different competencies to be assessed at each level are:
The objective is to test according to the level, with standardised and FEI approved assessments, carefully crafted by experts. The assessments will either be done online via the FEI Campus website and/or in-person.
The three main advantages of this new system are:
The FEI CES assessment system works on a 3-year cycle. All FEI Officials will be required to take the online assessment in years 1 and 2, and attend an in-person maintenance course (including an assessment) in year 3. This new cycle effectively replaces the current refresher system and abolishes the age limit.
To ensure a smooth start, the FEI Competency-based Evaluation System will be introduced progressively in phases over the coming years.
In the first phase (2020), the knowledge of FEI Rules and Regulations will be evaluated, either through an online assessment, or through an in-person maintenance course with assessment. There will only be one assessment per discipline, except for Jumping which has three.
Additionally, each official will have to personally certify that they are “Fit-to-officiate” according to the requirements of the role as an Official.
In the first phase, top Officials will also be invited to undertake a separate English language proficiency assessment and will have one year to meet the required level.
The second phase, will see the development of assessments per level/per category for each discipline.
To start the process in 2020, the FEI have divided all Officials in two separate groups depending on their actual refresher status:
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More About ... the online assessment:
The online assessment can be taken from 16 December 2019 until 15 December 2020, and will be accessible on the FEI Campus website.
To login with FEI Campus and access the FEI CES, Officials will need to use their FEI ID and password. An automatic email will be sent to all Officials that do not have a password and they will have 14 days upon reception to answer the email and activate their online account.
The online assessment will feature a series of 50 questions related to Rules and Regulations of a given discipline as well as veterinary and legal topics. A passing grade of 80% is required to succeed and each participant will be entitled to 2 attempts. Each attempt will have a time limit of one hour (1:00) and cannot be interrupted or paused once started. Results will be given at the end of the evaluation.
Before taking the online assessment, each participant will have the opportunity to train with a mock exam and get used to the testing environment. The mock exam will consist of a series of 10 random questions taken from the same pool of questions as the final assessment. There is no time limit for the mock exam and it can be taken as many times as wished to prepare for the online assessment.
There are two scenarios/outcomes:
More About … the in-person maintenance course with assessment:
In-person maintenance courses and assessments will take place throughout 2020 for Officials that have been requested to attend either due to their refresher status (Group B) or because they have failed the online assessment twice.
The in-person nature of the course means that Officials will have more time to ensure they master all aspects of their theoretical officiating role, before taking the assessment.
The assessment which forms part of the in-person maintenance course is the same format as the online assessment featuring a series of 50 questions related to Rules and Regulations of a given discipline as well as veterinary and legal topics. A passing grade of 80% is required to succeed and the Official will have only 1 attempt with a time limit of one hour (1:00) which cannot be interrupted or paused once started. Results will be given at the end of the evaluation.
Following the assessment, an interview with the course director will take place to discuss results and notify Officials of their status:
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16 December 2019
31 March 2020
15 December 2020
All Officials will be subject to the FEI CES
Three main advantages:
FEI CES based on a 3-year cycle:
Progressive introduction in 3 phases.