The global skills and competency framework for the digital world

SFIA 8 documents

Download the comprehensive and freely available SFIA 8 documentation.

Available to download...

  • the SFIA 8 framework reference in pdf
  • About SFIA - Guidance for the use of the SFIA standard in pdf
  • an A3 chart summarising SFIA 8 skills and responsibilities in interactive pdf
  • an Excel spreadsheet containing the complete text of SFIA 8 skill descriptions and levels of responsibilities - this is invaluable to import SFIA content into your own tools/documents

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Many other frameworks are closed by design...

  • You can only access the content by paying fees or subscriptions
  • The content can be difficult to get hold off and hard to extract
    •  e.g. in encrypted PDF documents that do not allow printing or "copy and paste" of content
  • The owners update their framework "behind closed doors" - before pushing updates out to users
Important - you do need a licence to use SFIA...
  • The SFIA Foundation maintains and distributes SFIA using a licensing system.
  • The SFIA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation
  • The SFIA licence is free for personal career development - and for most internal use by employers in the management of their people.
  • There is a modest licence fee for large organisations using SFIA and for organisations that use SFIA for commercial purposes
  • The licence fee supports the continued development of the framework and ecosystem support
  • Organisations and individuals who contribute a licence fee can be proud that they are helping the continued development of the industry