Online Assessment Tools

What kind of personality are you? What is your appetite for risk? Access these self-guided assessments to find out.

We offer a selection of personality-based assessments that are intended to assist auditors and other professionals in an organization to better understand your strengths and weaknesses. Unlike examination results that have a pass/fail result, the results from these assessments are used to better understand one self and may be used to develop individual performance improvement plans.

The suite of Personal Attribute Assessments contributes to a cost effective personnel management tool that has the potential to lift an organization’s performance through the recruitment, selection and development of staff and teams.

Please note that fees are associated with each assessment. Details will be provided upon registration.

PAAS Master®

PAAS Master® is designed to assess an individual’s ability to demonstrate the personal attributes or behaviours (ISO 19011:2011, clause 7.2.2) expected of auditors. The attributes were determined following extensive national and international research and interview with the aim of determining what, in terms of personal attributes, separates the more effective and efficient auditors.

If you are applying for personal certification, please contact your Exemplar Global Scheme Examiner regarding registering for this assessment. Please do not register here.


Exemplaar® is designed to assist organizations in the selection and development of their personnel. Sharing foundations with PAAS Master®, Exemplaar® provides for the definition, measurement and examination of personnel attributes specifically targeted at Executive, Manager and Staff Member.

Hogan Assessments

Exemplar Global have partnered with Hogan Assessment Systems Inc. to conduct a job analysis survey. The result is an assessment report specifically designed for Auditors. Auditors take the 20-minute Hogan Personality Inventory assessment to learn more about how their personality shapes their success as an auditor, and the 10-minute Hogan Development Survey assessment to learn more about their natural tendencies when under stress (called “derailers”). When the HPI and HDS assessments are taken together, the results assist Auditors in predicting their performance as an auditor.

Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) – The Bright Side of Personality

The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) describes normal, or bright-side personality – qualities that describe how we relate to others when we are at our best. Whether your goal is to find the right hire or develop stronger leaders, assessing normal personality gives you valuable insight into how people work, how they lead, and how successful they will be.

What it Measures

The Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI) contains seven primary scales, one validity scale and six occupational scales. The seven primary scales are adjustment, ambition, sociability, interpersonal sensitivity, prudence, inquisitiveness and learning approach.
The six occupational scales are service orientation, stress tolerance, reliability, clerical potential, sales potential and managerial potential.

What it Applies to

  • Leadership development – the HPI includes a Leadership Forecast Potential report that can be combined with the HDS and MVPI to yield powerful information about a manager’s strengths and developmental needs.
  • Recruitment and selection – the HPI is used as part of a multi-question selection process and it identifies applicants whose personal characteristics correspond to the demands of the work required. Safety and security reports can also be generated.
  • Individual assessment – the HPI can be used to evaluate a person’s career potential across a spectrum of occupations.


  • A great tool for personal development planning
  • Based on the Five Factor model
  • Enables evaluation of a leader’s impact on an organisation’s climate and culture
  • Designed to predict occupational success
  • Australian or Global Norms available

Hogan Development Survey (HDS) Assessment – The Dark Side of Personality

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) describes the dark side of personality – qualities that emerge in times of increased strain and can disrupt relationships, damage reputations, and derail peoples’ chances of success. By assessing dark-side personality, you can recognise and mitigate performance risks before they become a problem.

What it Measures

The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) assesses 11 patterns of interpersonal behaviour that are most often seen during times of stress and heavy workloads. These behaviours are: excitable, sceptical, cautious, reserved, leisurely, bold, mischievous, colourful, imaginative, diligent and dutiful. These behaviours may impact on the individual’s ability to develop strong working relationships with others, hinder their productivity or limit their overall career potential. Once these behaviours have been recognised, we can provide coaching to help the person address them and compensate where necessary.

What it Applies to

  • Personal development – the HDS aids personal development by identifying behaviour patterns that might need attention
  • Team development – the HDS evaluates how a person will perform as part of a team and allows them to avoid tendencies that may damage working relationships
  • Strategic career planning – the HDS can be used in conjunction with a measure of normal personality (HPI) and a measure of values (MVPI) to provide an in-depth picture of the person’s overall strengths and shortcomings


  • Provides in-depth information about interpersonal problems that are difficult to detect in an interview
  • Particularly useful for people who manage others, work in teams and/or in high-stress situations
  • An exceptional development tool that identifies career-derailing tendencies, so they can be addressed
  • Non-clinical constructs that predict tendencies that may impede normal career progress
  • Australian or Global norms available
Risk Type Compass®

Exemplar Global have partnered with Psychological Consultancy Limited to conduct a job analysis survey in connection with the Risk Type Compass® assessment. The result is an auditor-specific Risk-Type assessment report.

The Risk Type Compass® is a personality based assessment focusing on differences in the way individuals perceive and handle risk and make decisions. Based on a robust and consensual core of global psychological research, it places individuals into one of eight easy to understand Risk Types.

Relevant across all industry sectors, the Risk Type Compass® has wide relevance within banking/finance, coaching, consulting, manufacturing, insurance and energy sectors. It pin-points differences in risk awareness and instinctive responses to risk that have important implications from the boardroom to the shop floor; for individuals, teams and throughout the organization. At the wider organisational level, it contributes to risk landscaping and risk culture surveys.

Knowledge assessments form an essential component of demonstrating capability to a work task. Many professionals have knowledge across a broad range of topics, standards and sectors which can be demonstrated, to their customers or employer, by successfully completing a number of the assessments below.

Each successful test result can be added to your existing certification profile, or used to build a multi-skilled profile which contributes to a future Exemplar certification.

Compass™ is about recognising these knowledge competencies and combining them into single credential rather than holding multiple credentials with Exemplar or indeed any other organisation.

The choice of assessment will grow over time and include sectors of industry, scopes of technical expertise and grades of job function.

Environment (EM)

This exam measures knowledge of the ISO 14001:2004 standard. Examinees are allowed to use the ISO 14001 standard while taking this online, 25-item, 45-minute test.

Food Safety (FS)

This exam measures knowledge of the ISO 22000:2005 standard. Examinees are allowed to use the ISO 22000 standard while taking this online, 25-item, 45-minute test.

National Food Safety (NFSA)

This exam measures knowledge of National Food Safety Auditing standards as it pertains to the NFSA Personnel Certification Scheme. This 20-item, 30-minute test is required for applicants under the transition arrangements and it is a closed-book, online, and proctored test. Your Scheme Examiner will advise you on making arrangements for this proctored exam.

Occupational, Health and Safety (OH)

This exam measures knowledge of the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 or AS/NZS 4801:2001 standards. Examinees are allowed to use either the 18001 or 4801 standards while taking this online, 25-item, 45-minute test.

Quality (QM)

This exam measures knowledge of the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9000:2005 standards. Examinees are allowed to use both the ISO 9001 and 9000 standards while taking this online, 25-item, 45-minute test.

Team Leader (TL)

This exam measures knowledge of the ISO 19011:2011 standard as applied for audit team leaders. Examinees are allowed to use the ISO 19011 standard while taking this online, 30-item, 45-minute test.

Competency is to be demonstrated under on-site conditions during a conformity audit. The Skill Examination must be conducted by a Certified Skill Examiner.

The following competencies are required to be examined:

All Auditor Grades (except Provisional)

  • Audit implementation;
  • Maintain communication during audit;
  • Collect and verify information;
  • Conduct interviews;
  • Generate audit findings; and
  • Prepare audit conclusions.

Principal Auditor

(Important: To obtain Principal Auditor grade, the Applicant must perform as a solo auditor or perform as the leader of a team during the skill examination.)

  • Conduct the closing meeting.

Lead or Business Improvement Auditor

(Important: To obtain Lead or Business Improvement Auditor grade, the Applicant must perform as the leader of a team during the skill examination.)

  • Conduct the closing meeting;
  • Represent the audit team with audit client and auditee;
  • Organize and direct audit team members;
  • Provide direction and guidance to team members;
  • Lead the audit team to reach audit conclusions; and
  • Prevent and resolve conflicts.

It is the responsibility of each Applicant to arrange for a Skill Examination. A register of Certified Skill Examiners is available at on our Search Registers page. The Skill Examiner submits the completed Skill Examination Report to Exemplar Global within 5 days of completing the Skill Examination.

To register for an assessment, please contact Terri Ballerum at