Validity and reliability of physical employment standards

Gemma S. Milligan, Tara J. Reilly, Bruno D. Zumbo, Michael J. Tipton

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In this paper the role of validity and reliability in the development of physical employment standards (PESs) and the consideration of these factors in determining the final pass/fail criteria for a PES and ultimately the legal defensibility of a PES is examined. Particular attention is paid to the use of subject-matter experts, the levels of evidence used in the establishment of the minimum acceptable pace/intensity for the completion of critical tasks, and the considerations needed in physical test selection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S83-S91
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism
Issue number6 (Suppl. 2)
Early online date9 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
EventSecond International Conference on Physical Employment Standards - Alberta, Canada
Duration: 23 Aug 201526 Aug 2015


  • cut-scores
  • readiness for work
  • subject matter experts
  • minimum performance standard
  • levels of evidence


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