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April 2021 - SFIA 8 consultation update

April 2021 - SFIA 8 consultation update

A 2 minute update on the SFIA 8 consultation - and a reminder of how you can get involved.

Estimated reading time - 1 min, 43 secs.

Thanks to all who have contributed to SFIA 8 

  • it's a community effort and all your help is much appreciated.

For this month...

SFIA 8 publication plans...

Navigation and supporting material...

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  • in the December webinar we highlighted SFIA's growing global eco-system
  • the graphic shows our design concept for content access for a range of individual needs and use cases 
  • as the eco-system grows - it is essential that we provide easy access to experienced users and to new users 
  • we continue to build different ways to access the framework...
    • SFIA views
    • industry standard SFIA skills profiles
    • mappings to other frameworks and bodies of knowledge
    • related SFIA skills - recently added
    • enhanced web searches for the website 
    • behavioural attributes (for SFIA 8)
    • guidance notes (for SFIA 8)

We make the content of the framework available for employers and partners who build their own custom tools using SFIA 

  • we are currently piloting a SFIA API to make this even easier


  • in February we told you about the addition of guidance notes
  • these have received positive feedback - so we are expecting these to be a feature of SFIA 8
  • an opportunity has emerged from this to create a single active sentence to describe each skill - to help users quickly understand the scope/nature of the skill
  • in most cases we can re-use the existing SFIA 7 descriptions so that users familiar with SFIA 7 will have no surprises
  • example below

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SFIA 8 change log...

  • as we approach the conclusion of the SFIA 8 consultation - please use the change log to monitor the current status
  • most proposed changes are firming up now - some new skills, some re-named skills, some new skill levels and some re-worded descriptions
  • you can currently view proposals for 18 changed/new skills plus 88 with guidance notes added
  • we will release the beta for SFIA 8 in June
  • please browse the log and bookmark the page for future reference

Peter Leather

SFIA Updates Manager & SFIA 8 Project Manager