The global skills and competency framework for the digital world

Competency assessment LEDA

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Assessing knowledge, skills, competency and behaviours by any means, whether formal or informal, against frameworks such as SFIA.

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.

Guidance notes

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Competency assessment is a specialised practice for evaluating skills and competencies, distinct from performance appraisals and general capability understanding. Unlike performance reviews which focus on job performance and contributions, competency assessment objectively measures technical and professional capabilities.

Assessments may be performed in many contexts such as — but not limited to —  recruitment, career progression, professional development planning or accreditation/certification. 

Activities may include — but are not limited to:

  • evaluating and selecting assessment options
  • adopting or adapting assessment methods, tools, and techniques
  • taking into account the context of the assessment and how the results of the assessment will be used
  • aligning assessments with ethical, legal and regulatory requirements. 

Ethical, legal and regulatory requirements are necessary to ensure the integrity of assessments and when handling personal data.

Levels

Defined at these levels: 3 4 5 6

Competency assessment: Level 1

Competency assessment: Level 2

Competency assessment: Level 3

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Performs routine assessments of knowledge, skill, competency or behaviour using specified methods.

Competency assessment: Level 4

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Performs routine and non-routine assessments of knowledge, skill, competency or behaviour using specified methods.

Provides advice and guidance to support the adoption of assessment methods and tools.

Moderates assessments conducted by other assessors.

Reviews and improves usage and application of assessment methods and tools.

Competency assessment: Level 5

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Provides advice and guidance on the selecting, adopting and adapting assessment methods, tools and techniques.

Plans assessments based on the context of the assessment and how assessment results will be used.

Manages execution of assessments to ensure they deliver the required outcomes with acceptable quality. Monitors and moderates reviews performed by other assessors.

Manages reviews of the benefits and value of assessment methods and tools. Identifies and recommends improvements to assessment methods and tools.

Competency assessment: Level 6

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Champions the importance and value of assessment and appropriate assessment methods, tools and techniques.

Develops organisational policies, standards, and guidelines for assessments.

Leads in the introduction and use of assessment methodologies and tools. Establishes an assessment practice and pool of assessors within the organisation.

Establishes quality assurance to ensure internal and/or external consistency and reliability of assessment outcomes. Ensures the quality of assessments across different user groups.

Competency assessment: Level 7