Campbell Interest & Skill Survey (CISS®)
The Campbell™ Interest and Skill Survey® (CISS®) inventory helps assess an individual's interest in occupational areas and presents a comparison to people who are happily and successfully employed in those fields. Unlike traditional interest inventories, this tool also provides an estimate of the individual's confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities.
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Overview: Vocational interest and skills inventory with career planner for college-bound or college-educated individuals.
Qualification Level: B
Age Range: 15 years and older
Reading Level: 6th grade
Other Languages: Spanish
Administration: Paper-and-pencil, computer, or Internet administration
Completion Time: 25 minutes (200 interest and 120 skill items, 6-point response scale)
Norms: 5,225 working adults
Scoring Options: Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting, Q™ Local Software, Mail-in Scoring Service, or Internet Scoring
Report Options: Profile
Publication Date: 1992
Users and Applications
Counsellors, psychologists, and human resource professionals in mental health, business, and educational settings can use the CISS survey to help:
• Explore new avenues in career development for clients
• Pinpoint areas of academic study that can build skills and increase career options for clients
• Support personal counselling by identifying occupations or vocations that may meet the individual's needs
• Advise displaced and transitioning employees in outplacement programs
Features and Benefits
• The interest scales and parallel skill scales help individuals gain a more thorough understanding of suitable career options.
• The survey uses easily understood, contemporary terms.
• Test items reflect a respect for individuals of different gender, race, religion, and national origin.
• Combined gender scales allow for the broadest interpretation of survey results.
• The CISS Career Planner leads individuals through a thoughtful analysis of their results and helps them translate those results into specific actions. This tool helps individuals:
• Explore 299 additional occupations and 159 fields of study
• Analyze work and education as they relate to the person's values and priorities
• Identify motivators and obstacles regarding the individual's career goals
The seven Orientation Scales, 25 Basic Scales are based on Dr. Campbell's model for occupational orientations. These orientations generally correspond to the familiar RIASEC themes.
The 25 Basic Scales, which represent parallel interest and skills scores, divide the Orientation Scales into the following categories:
• Influencing: Leadership, Law/Politics, Public Speaking, Sales, Advertising/Marketing
• Organizing: Supervision, Financial Services, Office Practices
• Helping: Adult Development, Counseling, Child Development, Religious Activities, Medical Practice
• Creating: Art/Design, Performing Arts, Writing, International Activities, Fashion, Culinary Arts
• Analyzing: Mathematics, Science
• Producing: Mechanical Crafts, Woodworking, Farming/Forestry, Plants/Gardens, Animal Care
• Adventuring: Athletics/Physical Fitness, Military/Law Enforcement, Risks/Adventure
- Vocational interests and skills inventory with career planner for postsecondary students and college-educated adults
- 15 years and older;
- 25 minutes (200 interest and 120 skill items, 6-point response scale)
- Q Local™ software, mail-in scoring; Profile report
- Level B, Q2
Qualification Level B:
Tests may be purchased by individuals with:
A Master’s degree in psychology, education, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization such as the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), or other North American organizations such as the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the American Counselling Association (ACA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.
A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field.
Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
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