Validity and reliability of physical employment standards

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016 Jun;41(6 Suppl 2):S83-91. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0669.


In this paper the role of validity and reliability in the development of physical employment standards (PESs) and the consideration of these factors in determining the final pass/fail criteria for a PES and ultimately the legal defensibility of a PES is examined. Particular attention is paid to the use of subject-matter experts, the levels of evidence used in the establishment of the minimum acceptable pace/intensity for the completion of critical tasks, and the considerations needed in physical test selection.

Keywords: aptitude au travail; cut-scores; experts en la matière; levels of evidence; minimum performance standard; niveaux de preuve; norme minimale de performance; readiness for work; seuils de coupure; subject matter experts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Employment / standards*
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Occupational Health / standards*
  • Personnel Selection / standards
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Reproducibility of Results