I think the people that volunteered at our test site were already certified. But looking at your signature you and Elliot are also. When you mention retest next year, you're talking about the biennial re-certification? Do you know if programs other than Delta have the requirement to retest every 2 years? What distinguishes those receiving the complex rating?
People might be interested to know how many teams were tested but didn't pass and generally what problems they had.
Although our evaluation team were all Pet Partners members, I don't think it was a requirement. My role was a member of the "crowd" using a walker or crutches during the "walk through a crowd", "staggering gestures", "angry yelling", and "crowded and petted by several people" exercises. Pet Partners teams are required to be retested every two years.
The complex rating is required to visit facilities with low staff involvement, high activity, many distractions, and unanticipated interactions. An example would be visits to grade schools. The predictable or complex rating is based on the scores received during the evaluation test. Each exercise is rated NR (not ready), 1, or 2 by the evaluator. The team must receive a score of 2 on nine specific exercises out twenty to receive the complex rating.
I glanced at the summary sheet for the Pet Partners exam and one team rated "not ready", one took the test for practice and would have passed, four retested and passed, and four new teams passed. I was impressed at the competence demonstrated by the new teams.
When we applied for the hospital, we still had to take part of the TDI test in the hospital. And to tell you the truth, I found that more challenging than the Delta test, because that was on the premises, with people in bed and hooked on machines, all kind of things we had not encountered before.
The Pet Partners test is designed to simulate an institution environment with people using crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers with noises and distractions. Before we were approved for hospital visits, the Pet Partners hospital coordinator evaluated Elliot and I during our first visit at the hospital.