Career Assessment Inventory (CAI™) Vocational Version

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Comprehensiveness Intermediate
Administration Time - 1 hr
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Language English
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The Career Assessment Inventory—Vocational Version compares an individual's vocational interests to those of individuals in 91 specific careers that reflect positions in today's workforce requiring two years or less of post-secondary training, including skilled trades and technical and service professions.

Users and Applications

Psychologists, school counsellors, job training specialists, and personnel professionals who provide career guidance, adult career development, and human resource development use this instrument to help:

• Guide students to focus on the patterns of interest that are important in making educational and occupational choices
• Explore new career options with clients in vocational rehabilitation settings or onestop career centers
• Advise individuals who are re-entering the workforce, in workforce development, considering a career change, or who have been displaced
• Clarify vocational opportunities for individuals in Tech Prep and School-to-Work programs

Features and Benefits

• Provides scales for 91 occupations, enabling the counsellor to explore a variety of career possibilities with the client.
• Includes graphic and narrative test reports designed to be shared with the client.
• Interpretive report provides a three-page counsellor's summary.
• Combined gender scales allow for the broadest interpretation of survey results.
• Uses occupational themes based on the widely accepted RIASEC model to assist in the interpretation and explanation of interest scores.


General Theme Scales
These scales are based on the RIASEC model: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional.

Basic Interest Area Scales

The General Theme scales are divided into the following 25 scales:

• Realistic: Agriculture, Animal Service, Carpentry, Electronics, Manual/Skilled Trades, Mechanical/Fixing, Nature/Outdoors
• Investigative: Numbers, Science
• Artistic: Arts/Crafts, Performing/Entertaining, Writing
• Social: Child Care, Medical Service, Religious Activities, Social Service, Teaching
• Enterprising: Business, Sales
• Conventional: Clerical/Clerking, Food Service, Office Practices

Occupational Scales

These scales match an individual's likes and dislikes to those of people who have been satisfactorily employed in an occupation for a number of years. Respondents receive scores on each of the 91 occupations which are grouped according to the General Themes. The Occupational Scales include skilled trades as well as technical and service professions.

Non-Occupational Scales

• Educational Orientation
• Fine Arts–Mechanical
• Occupational Extroversion/Introversion
• Variability of Interests

Overview - Vocational interest inventory for individuals who plan to enter careers immediately after high school or to attend community college or trade school

Ages/Grades - Individuals 15 Years and Older

Administration Time - 30–35 minutes (305 items with 5-point rating scales) Paper-and-pencil or computer administration

Scoring Options - Q Local™ software (Profile and interpretive reports,) mail-in scoring

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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