What are skills checklists?

Skills checklists are practical lists that detail for employees the skills they are required to perform and the level of performance that is expected for each skill. Skills checklists can take the form of logbooks, fillable PDF forms, and online forms. It is common to see skills checklists used for apprenticeship, internship and on-the-job training programs where new entrants to a job or profession note their progress in achieving the desired job performance. The first step is to define the skills required through a competency mapping process for each job.

What are the benefits of skills checklists?

For the employer:

  • Provide managers and supervisors with concrete tools to clarify performance standards
  • Document the employee’s acquisition of the knowledge, skills, safety, and other procedures relating to each task
  • Promote a two-way communication between the employee and management, creating a more positive work environment
  • Establish job standards for performance appraisals

For the employees:

  • Present a clear set of expectations, enabling employees to make better decisions and work more effectively
  • Provide a reference resource for day-to-day requirements
  • Ensure that individual professional development and training milestones are recorded and acknowledged by the organization