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Examination Development - CFA Examination


The Examination Review Committee for the Certified Surgical First Assistant examination (CFA-ERC) has the responsibility within NBSTSA for examination design and development of the national certifying examination for surgical first assistants.


The CFA-ERC is responsible for reviewing, editing, referencing and categorizing examination questions in accordance with Examination Content Outlines. CFA-ERC members also participate in the Job Analysis survey.


The CFA-ERC evaluates the examination for quality and continuity and as well as reviews statistical data on question performance. This assures the relevancy, currency and accuracy of the content of the CFA examination. Professional psychometricians from Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) assist the CFA-ERC in this process.


The CFA-ERC is composed of members representing the major geographical areas of the country, to prevent regional bias on the examination. The committee consists of eight (8) professionals with the following qualifications: