Exams - Basic Competency

Basic Competency Exams


The basic competency exams were created to provide an objective measure of development of new hires among regulatory officials and potentially test service agents for basic knowledge of weights and measures requirements.

Each state will decide independently whether to implement these basic level exams for the purpose of licensing or registering service agents.

The exams are each two-part with a general component covering Handbook 44 and a specific part covering the basic elements of the type of measurement.  Each exam is based on 30 questions with a one-hour time limit.  The exams are almost entirely multiple-choice questions, but candidates will find it beneficial to understand how to search Handbook 44 to find pertinent code sections.  The exams apply equally to regulatory officials and service agents.  Click here for reference materials that may be used during testing.

Further exam details are available at the links below:

Basic Exam - Measuring

  • Liquid Measuring Devices Code
  • Vehicle-Tank Meters Code

Basic Exam - Weighing

  • Scales Code
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