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#1310 Update LEDA to better reflect skills/competency assessment for use in determining suitability for a role and/or development. change request accepted

Enhance LEDA (Competence Assessment) to additionally be explicit for skills/competency assessment to be used for suitability for a defined role or for the professional development of an individual.


Skills Definition to read as is with the last sentence changed to "The skills/competency assessment may be for the evaluation of learning or educational activities against defined requirements or it may be to identify the suitability of an individual for a particular role or as part of an individual's professional development.

Level 4 - Suggest:

Level Definition to read as is with the last sentence changed to "Uses the outcomes of assessments and other data to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of learning/educational activities or to identify the suitability of an individual for a particular role or to help identify and plan the development of others.

Level 3 - Suggest:

Remain unchanged.

Not only does this change help to encourage skill/competency assessment for the purposes of professional development is also support, as a core skill, for any skills assessor role.

Proposed change applies to Competency assessment

Current status of this request: accepted

What we decided

This will help a broader understanding of when to apply this skill. 

What we changed

  1. Skill descriptions reworded.
  2. Guidance notes added.
Ian Seward (General Manager)
Feb 11, 2021 12:41 PM

Having now seen the draft of this skill on the future SFIA site ... which I think is great ... I now think that a further edit is necessary.

Specifically the bit about "evaluation of learning or educational activities" should be removed from competency assessment () LEDAto an element of learning and development management (ETMG).

This would have the effect of focussing Competency Assessment on the assessment of competency of individuals (probably its core use) and put the evaluation of learning activities with the management or development to these learning activities ...

Andrew Thomson
Mar 01, 2021 02:08 PM

I agree Ian. Assessment in the context of LEDA may usefully be aligned to Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4.
• Kirkpatrick level 3 - That the skills learned have been transferred into working practices
• Kirkpatrick Level 4 - That the investment in learning has returned measurable business benefit.

Whereas Kirkpatrick Levels 1 and 2 are better understood as intrinsic functions of, respectively:
• Kirkpatrick level 1 - Satisfaction with the learning experience --> Learning Delivery ETDL
• Kirkpatrick level 2 - Retention of skills/knowledge after the learning --> Learning design and development TMCR