Most of the the BOHS courses we run are in the “M” series – the modules leading up to the BOHS Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene taken by candidates who want to qualify as an occupational hygienist. In a couple of recent posts (here and here), we outlined the changes that have been introduced to the examinations this january, in particular the increased time allocated per exam question.
This week we’ve been running the course on “Commissioning and Thorough Examination and Testing of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems“. This is one of the BOHS’s “P” series of proficiency courses. The assessment of the candidates includes an examination of 35 short answer questions (SAQs). For the M series courses, 3 minutes is allowed to answer each SAQ. However, I discovered yesterday that the timings for questions on P module examinations has not been changed. Consequently the allocated time for the P601 examination remains at 1 hour 15 minutes.
Given that the questions on the P601 paper appear to be taken from the same question bank used for one of the M series courses (M103), this does seem inconsistent and rather unfair.