External Assessor Reliability Training (EART)

This workshop is intended for participants who will serve as reliable external assessors in the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) process who do not have a current endorsement (i.e. new assessors). Reliable assessors must meet rigorous standards that require in-depth exploration of the Program Quality Assessment (PQA). Participants must attend the entire training, over the course of which, they will watch a series of videos and practice scoring the PQA under the guidance of an experienced reliable rater from the Weikart Center. The training culminates in a video reliability check where participants must achieve 80% reliability in order to pass. Participants who pass will be endorsed PQA external assessors for 1 year. Participants who do not reach reliability during the live portion of the training will have the opportunity to take one more test at a distance, within a 3-month window, in order to pass.
If you are interested in attending an EART training, please complete the EA interest form below to be notified of future training opportunities. Contact EAReliability@cypq.org if you have any questions.
  • There are no trainings open for registration at this time. Please complete the EART interest form above to be notified of future training opportunities


Fill out the interest form and we will notify you when new External Assessor Reliability Trainings become available.

(Availability is dependent on hosting network capacity to extend space for additional participants.)


External Assessor Distance Reliability Training

This workshop is intended for anyone who has previously been endorsed as a reliable assessor in any version of the tool within the past 12 months. Anyone who has not been previously endorsed or whose endorsement has exceeded 12 months without renewal must attend a live, two-day training. For upcoming live, two-day trainings, contact EAReliability@cypq.orgFor a full review of the EADRT process, please view the "At-a-Glance" document attached at the bottom of this page. 


  • Distance participants must have completed a live workshop and successfully reached reliability at some point in the past 12 months on the Youth or School-Age PQA.
  • Completion of the practice video homework assignment.
  • Additionally, it is highly recommended that participants have completed two to three observations in the previous year.

The most successful participants are those who not only meet the above criteria but also have experience with observation, assessment, and/or monitoring, particularly outside of their own program, as well as knowledge of Positive Youth Development best practices. 


All Distance Trainings should take between 6-8 hours to complete. The training includes:

·         1-2 Hours for Pre-Webinar Homework

·         1 ½ -2 Hour Webinar

·         2 Hours to Complete Final Reliability Check

Course participants have 90 days to submit the final reliability check to be scored at EAReliability@cypq.org


The cost of the EADRT webinar is $175. If your registration is not covered by a contract, you will receive an invoice following the training. If you have any questions regarding billing, please contact EAReliability@cypq.org or your Network Lead.


Fill out the interest form and we will share information about upcoming Distance Reliability webinars


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