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Define Competency

How do you define competency?

Competency can be defined as a standardized requirement for an individual to perform a specific job properly. Competency standards are specifications of performance determined by an industry. They highlight the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, with the performance level required to operate effectively in a specific trade or profession.

Competency is often used interchangeably with skill. However, the identification of job skills or tasks is just the first level of a competency analysis. It is usually the first step in developing a competency map or conducting a competency analysis.

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Job competency:

Job skills or tasks: What the person is able to do


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Knowledge, attitudes and behaviours required to perform each job skill or task

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Performance standard: The accepted level of performance for each job skill or task

Competencies can be the basis for developing competency-based training programs.

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