Using and licensing SFIA

Important: you need a licence to use SFIA

The SFIA Foundation maintains and distributes SFIA using a licensing system. For personal career development and for the majority of internal use in the management of staff, SFIA is available free of charge from the SFIA Foundation’s web site once you have obtained a free user licence. Other types of use may require a different type of licence and may incur a modest fee.

The following uses are prohibited unless you obtain a special fee-bearing licence from SFIA Foundation:

  • using SFIA to support the sale or marketing of a product or service;
  • using SFIA to promote a company or other organisation or party, including in rate cards; redistributing this material in electronic or printed form to any other organisation (even if affiliated);
  • using SFIA across a large distributed organisation;
  • translating SFIA into another language or language variant and distributing that version.

The use of SFIA is supported by partners, consultants, practitioners and training providers with experience in skills management and the use of SFIA.

As a not-for-profit, the SFIA Foundation does not seek commercial gain over and above its subsistence needs.  All revenue received is used to develop, maintain and make available the framework and support the adoption by organisations and individuals around the world through the global ecosystem.  Our licensing terms reflect that our intellectual property does indeed have a value, so we seek its protection through a very modest fee arrangement for those who benefit commercially from its use. The Foundation doesn’t generate substantial revenue, and has a very modest operational capability supported by the users, trainers, consultants and partners of SFIA around the world.

Intellectual property and copyright

SFIA is the intellectual property of the SFIA Foundation, a not-for-profit body. Governance of the Foundation is provided by respected organisations or professional bodies whose identities may be found on the SFIA web site –

The trademark SFIA is protected in more than 35 countries throughout the world.

Copying of this material is prohibited unless authorised in writing or under a valid SFIA licence obtained from the SFIA Foundation.

The SFIA Foundation Ltd.  A private company limited by guarantee.  Registered in England number 04770377.
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