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Timothy Bishop, PTCB
Timothy Bishop, Assessment Quality and Security Specialist, PTCB
Industry Insider: Timothy Bishop
During the 19th century, French essayist and novelist Marcel Proust—the author of In Search of Lost Time—created a parlor game that involved filling out a questionnaire to get to know the "true nature" of dinner guests. "Industry Insider" is the testing industry's take on Proust's game—an opportunity to get to know our colleagues just a little bit better.
Where do you work and what is your job title? I work for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) as the Assessment Quality and Security Specialist. How long have you worked in a job that involves test security? 8+ years. Why do you think test security is important? Test security is fundamental to the integrity of certification. When someone is certified, there is a level of trust and comfort that the individual has met the desired qualifications in their profession. Test security gives more certainty that this trust and comfort is warranted. What is your favorite thing about your job? Test security keeps you on your toes. Threats are ever-changing and evolving in the industry, and that means that I get to continue to grow in order to meet those new challenges.  What is the biggest challenge to test security today? I would say that the internet is the biggest challenge currently facing test security. More than ever, individuals are able to share and discuss exam content with others. Braindumping, item harvesting, and general content sharing are much more dangerous when they can be shared online. What do you think will be the biggest challenge to test security 20 years from now?  I believe that new technology will be the biggest threat in 20 years. Items such as smartwatches, for example, will become more common and will have even more capabilities. We may have “smart glasses” in 20 years, so I imagine securing test sites will be an interesting challenge. Why do you think people outside of this industry should care about test security?  The candidates who take these exams go on to customer-facing roles. You would not want an unqualified person to be filling your prescription, managing your finances, and so on. Test security, as previously mentioned, promotes integrity within a given industry, and it gives customers a level of comfort that the individual they are working with has met the qualifications needed for their practice. What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement has been saving a life by making a bone marrow donation to a 2-year old with sickle cell anemia. If you could choose one superpower to help you in your quest to keep tests safe, which superpower would you choose? I’m sure that the ability to read minds would come in handy for test security. What is one thing that is sitting on your desk right now that is completely unrelated to work?  A magazine that highlights the life and career of Muhammed Ali. What workplace skill do you wish you were better at? Fixing some of the IT issues. What is your lunchtime routine?  Weather permitting, I like to walk to whichever destination I’m eating from that day. On especially good weather days, a stroll around the National Mall or to the Lincoln Memorial is always nice. What characteristic do you most value in a friend/colleague? Selflessness. What characteristic do you most dislike in a friend/colleague? Selfishness. What words or phrases do you think are most overused in life and/or at the workplace? “I’ll get to it tomorrow.” What are your hobbies outside of work? Playing sports, volunteering, and traveling. Which person (alive, dead, or fictional) do you most admire? I’m a man of faith, so I would have to say Jesus Christ. There is no better example in my eyes. What is your favorite book or writer? The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? An eagle. Maybe even a bald eagle if I wanted to get fancy. That’s probably because I’m thinking about a vacation and flying right now, though. What is your motto? “I can.”
Timothy Bishop, PTCB
Timothy Bishop
Assessment Quality and Security Specialist
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
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