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List of Testing Centres
A list of locations approved for holding Genus Level examinations can be accessed from this link. This list is being modified on an ongoing basis. You may contact the centres directly to see if upcoming events are being considered. Some centres may consider holding tests by appointment. Upcoming events can be seen on the upcoming tests page.
New Test centres
The NABS is interested in receiving applications from locations interested in hosting NABS Genus Level 2 certification tests. If you are interested in becoming a genus level test centre please complete the application form (from the above link) and send it to the program coordinator. Typical locations would be academic institutions, Government Laboratories, Consulting laboratories or other similar locations.
A Genus Level TCE may also be administered in connection with a course or workshop, by prior arrangement with the Taxonomic Program Coordinator (TCP).
Each Genus Level TCE Center will be staffed by an examination supervisor and an alternate supervisor, who are NABS members. The TCE Center will provide (a) dissecting microscopes with magnification of at least 40X and fiber-optic incident and transmitted light and (b) compound microscopes with magnification of at least 400X (1000X preferred). Each type of microscope will be in sufficient number to accommodate the registered candidates. Candidates may bring their own microscopes. Candidates must provide their own literature, forceps, and other examination tools. The Genus Level TCE Center will provide examination dishes, alcohol, and other necessary supplies. The Genus Level TCE will be "open book." Responses will be handwritten on a Genus Level TCE answer sheet.
A maximum of 3 hours will be allowed for examination of each Taxonomic Group. When more than one taxonomic group is being attempted in a single examination, each Taxonomic Group will be examined in succession with up to 3 hours allotted for each Taxonomic Group.
The role of the Examination Supervisor
Genus Level TCE Supervisors will be selected by the TCC and should be members of NABS. The responsibilities of each Examination Supervisor will be as follows:
The candidate registration will close at least one month before the scheduled examination date. All candidates should register for Genus Level testing through the TCP web site, copies of the list of candidates for a test center will be forwarded directly to the Examination Supervisor.
If you have interest in being a NABS Genus Level Test Centre or Examination Supervisor please contact the Program Coordinator.