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Analytical classification and coding ANCC


Interpreting information and assigning classifications or labels based on domain-specific knowledge, standards, and guidelines to enable data analysis and use.

SFIA 9 is in development

  • SFIA 9 beta due in early July 2024
  • SFIA 9 planned for publication October 2024

This is a prototype for SFIA 9. It is subject to change before publication.

Disclaimer - prototypes/new skills may be substantially modified prior to launch or may never be released.

Guidance notes


This skill is applied in contexts where consistent categorisation of information is required to enable the data to be used reliably and effectively. This may include, but is not limited to, clinical coding, data labelling for machine learning, legal coding/indexing, and market research coding.

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • analysing and interpreting information based on domain-specific knowledge
  • assigning codes, labels, or categories based on specific standards, guidelines, or frameworks
  • ensuring accuracy and consistency of coding/labelling through quality assurance activities
  • collaborating with subject matter experts to clarify ambiguous cases and improve coding/labelling guidelines
  • providing guidance and training to others on coding/labelling practices
  • contributing to the development and improvement of coding/labelling systems, guidelines, and processes.

Understanding the responsibility levels of this skill

Where lower levels are not defined...

  • Specific tasks and responsibilities are not defined because the skill requires a higher level of autonomy, influence, and complexity in decision-making than is typically expected at these levels. You can use the essence statements to understand the generic responsibilities associated with these levels.

Where higher levels are not defined...

  • Responsibilities and accountabilities are not defined because these higher levels involve strategic leadership and broader organisational influence that goes beyond the scope of this specific skill. See the essence statements.

Developing skills and demonstrating responsibilities related to this skill

The defined levels show the incremental progression in skills and reponsibilities.

Where lower levels are not defined...

You can develop your knowledge and support others who do have responsibility in this area by:

  • Learning key concepts and principles related to this skill and its impact on your role
  • Performing related skills (see the related SFIA skills)
  • Supporting others with tasks (generic examples are provided by the essence statements for each level)

Where higher levels are not defined...

  • You can progress by developing related skills which are better suited to higher levels of organisational leadership.


Defined at these levels: 2 3 4 5 6

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Level 1

Level 1 - Follow: Essence of the level: Performs routine tasks under close supervision, follows instructions, and requires guidance to complete their work. Learns and applies basic skills and knowledge.

Analytical classification and coding: Level 2

Level 2 - Assist: Essence of the level: Provides assistance to others, works under routine supervision, and uses their discretion to address routine problems. Actively learns through training and on-the-job experiences.


Accurately assigns classifications/labels to low complexity information under supervision.

Understands and applies relevant classification/labelling systems, standards, and guidelines.

Participates in quality assurance activities such as peer review or supervisor checks.

Analytical classification and coding: Level 3

Level 3 - Apply: Essence of the level: Performs varied tasks, sometimes complex and non-routine, using standard methods and procedures. Works under general direction, exercises discretion, and manages own work within deadlines. Proactively enhances skills and impact in the workplace.


Independently assigns accurate classifications/labels to a broad range of information.

Interprets complex information and chooses appropriate classifications/labels.

Participates in team quality improvement initiatives.

Provides advice and guidance on classification/labelling to others.

Analytical classification and coding: Level 4

Level 4 - Enable: Essence of the level: Performs diverse complex activities, supports and supervises others, works autonomously under general direction, and contributes expertise to deliver team objectives.


Assigns classifications/labels to highly complex information.

Performs quality assurance checks on the work of others. Investigates and corrects complex classification/labelling errors.

Delivers training to team members.

Contributes to the development of classification/labelling processes and guidelines.

Analytical classification and coding: Level 5

Level 5 - Ensure, advise: Essence of the level: Provides authoritative guidance in their field and works under broad direction. Accountable for achieving workgroup objectives and managing work from analysis to execution and evaluation.


Leads team quality assurance and training for information classification/labelling.

Develops and implements audit methodologies.

Collaborates with subject matter experts to improve source information quality. Analyses and reports on classification/labelling quality.

Contributes to organisational information classification/labelling strategy.

Analytical classification and coding: Level 6

Level 6 - Initiate, influence: Essence of the level: Has significant organisational influence, makes high-level decisions, shapes policies, demonstrates leadership, fosters organizational collaboration, and accepts accountability in key areas.


Sets organisational information classification/labelling standards, policies, and procedures.

Designs and oversees quality audit programmes.

Leads strategic interventions to improve information classification/labelling.

Engages with industry bodies and collaborations to define and improve standards and working practices.

Level 7

Level 7 - Set strategy, inspire, mobilise: Essence of the level: Operates at the highest organisational level, determines overall organisational vision and strategy, and assumes accountability for overall success.

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