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Frank McGoldrick

Babcock Learning Solutions

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How to Create Competencies?


Dear All,

It's been a while since I've been on here but with my new project I need some input from the wider training society... i.e. You lot!

I'm updating a competence framework where many of the competencies listed against individual role profiles are poorly written.

To prevent this happening again I want to create an "Idiot's Guide" to creating competencies for a role.

The bit I'm struggling with is any kind of source that defines in detail, how to select the appropriate parts of the role that can be listed as competencies.

I've been using "If they can't do their job without it, it's a competency" however, this seems a bit loose, for instance I have welders who use a variety of different welding methods (TIG, MIG etc) on different materials (Steel, stainless etc) at different sizes. Does this mean a "tree root" system of competencies that show whether they do or don't have evidence of competence for each combination of technique, material & size?

I'd be grateful for your input.



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  1. Hi Frank

    Hi Frank

    From your post it sounds like your framwork is based around the knowlegde/skills required for each role.  In order to help keep your frameworks straightforward I would focus descriptions on tangible outputs as opposed to the inputs – i.e. how they apply the knowlege skill as opposed to what they know.  For example ….can select and apply the approriate welding technique for the material they are using to ……..    (sorry my welding knowledge is not great).   

    If the competencies are to run throughout a job family these can be refined to reflect the level at which you would expect to see the knowledge applied – e.g. level of expertise demonstrated, complexity of work they are able to perform, supervising others in this aspect,

    Hope this helps


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