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Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)

Measures self-reported vocational interests and skills

By David Campbell

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Age range
15 years and older
Administration time
25 minutes
Administration type

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) measures self-reported vocational interests and skills. Similar to traditional interest inventories, the CISS interest scales reflect an individual’s attraction for specific occupational areas.

However, the CISS instrument goes beyond traditional inventories by adding parallel skill scales that provide estimates of an individual’s confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities. Together, the two types of scales provide more comprehensive, richer data than interest scores alone.

The CISS instrument focuses on careers that require post-secondary education and is most appropriate for use with individuals who are university bound or tertiary qualified.

How to Use This Instrument

Counsellors, psychologists, and human resource professionals in mental health, business, and educational settings can use the CISS survey to help:

  • Explore new avenues in career development

  • Pinpoint areas of academic study that can build skills and, as a result, increase career options

  • Support personal counselling by identifying occupations or vocations that help meet the individual’s needs

  • Advise displaced and transitioning employees in outplacement programs

Key Features

  • The use of both traditional interest scales and parallel skill scales helps individuals gain a more thorough understanding of suitable career options.

  • The CISS instrument uses easily understood contemporary items.

  • Test items reflect a respect for individuals of different gender, race, religion, and national origin.

  • Combined gender scales allow for the broadest interpretation of survey results.


Orientation Scales
The seven Orientation Scales, 25 Basic Scales are based on Dr. Campbell’s model for occupational orientations. These orientations generally correspond to the familiar RIASEC themes.

Basic Scales
The 25 Basic Scales, which represent parallel interest and skills scores, divide the Orientation Scales into the following categories:
Influencing: Leadership, Law/Politics, Public Speaking, Sales, Advertising/Marketing
Organising: Supervision, Financial Services, Office Practices
Helping: Adult Development, Counselling, Child Development, Religious Activities, Medical Practice
Creating: Art/Design, Performing Arts, Writing, International Activities, Fashion, Culinary Arts
Analysing: Mathematics, Science
Producing: Mechanical Crafts, Woodworking, Farming/Forestry, Plants/Gardens, Animal Care
Adventuring:Athletics/Physical Fitness, Military/Law Enforcement, Risks/Adventure


The CISS instrument was standardized using a reference sample of 5,225 employed men and women representing a wide array of occupations and ethnic backgrounds.

Report Option

Individual Profile Report
The CISS results are presented both numerically and graphically and include narrative comments to facilitate easy interpretation by the respondent. In particular, the report recommends vocations that the respondent should pursue (high interest and high skill), avoid (low interest, low skill), explore (high skill, low interest) and develop (low skill, high interest). Also, a worksheet is available to facilitate action planning, and a two-page file summary is included for use by the career counsellor.


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Administration Options:
OSA - On-screen Administration
ROSA - Remote on screen Administration
ME - Manual Entry
GA - Group Administration
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ISBN Title User Level Price
9781925038255 CISS Q-global Individual Profile Report

A usage includes the administration (OSA, ROSA, GA), scoring and reporting
HR $15.00 Login to purchase

Additional Materials

ISBN Title User Level Price
9314994230369 CISS Manual (Required) Hardcover (includes transparency masters and 3-ring binder) HR $131.00 Login to purchase
9314994230352 CISS Career Planner (sold individually) HR $7.50 Login to purchase
9314994239362 CISS Interest/Skill Pattern Worksheets
Optional (Pack of 50)
HR $37.00 Login to purchase

Answer Sheets

ISBN Title User Level Price
9314994236903 CISS Q Local Answer Sheets, test items included
(Pack of 25)
HR $48.00 Login to purchase


To activate this report please call Client Services on 1800 882 385 (AUS) or 0800 942 722 (NZ) once you have placed your order.

ISBN Title User Level Price
9314994235203 CISS Q Local Individual Profile Reports 51456
(per administration)
HR $15.00
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Technical Information

Technical Information

Now Available on Q-global

Q-global® Administration Options

This product is available on Q-global with the following administration options:

On-Screen Administration (OSA)
Your clients can complete these assessment online through Q-global. Alternatively, your client can complete the assessment in paper-pencil format, and their responses can then be data-entered into Q-global for scoring and report generation. On Screen Administrations are proctored (supervised) unless specifically indicated.

Remote On-Screen Administration (ROSA)

These assessments can be emailed to clients, teachers, or parents, so that the assessment can be completed at their own location. These assessments are not proctored (supervised). 

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