Why Competency Based Assessment


Street smarts...or book smarts.

Self taught versus academic qualifications

Skill Set

Every job requires a specific set of knowledge and skills. And this varies depending on the type and complexity of the job. More than just knowing whether street smarts or book smarts is better, competency assessment is all about providing a way of building the skills and knowledge people need to perform their current job. It is also the key element of the succession planning process because it provides a way of developing people for their future roles.

An ongoing process

Competency assessment is an ongoing process of continually building knowledge and skills. Organizations are much more dynamic now and competency assessment addresses the need to stay ahead of the curve.

Improved knowledge & skills – improved performance capability

There are a number of different ways of doing competency assessment. The method described here is designed to be a more objective assessment and provide better quality outcomes.

Finding the key

The key to competency assessment is that it is based on actual skills and knowledge that a person can demonstrate in the workplace or other contexts. This is different to other approaches where there is no requirement to demonstrate knowledge and skills – like approaches where people just answer questions as a test of their knowledge and skills. The problem with testing is that it doesn’t guarantee that a person will be able to do something – it just verifies that they know something.

What does competency assessment do for the organisation?

Your organisation will benefit from increased productivity and profitability by ensuring employees have the capability to meet their objectives.

  • More objective with assessment being carried out ‘on the job’
  • Training is only provided for areas identified as needing development
  • Reduced training costs because learning and development can occur on the job
  • You can create project teams of people with complementary skills
  • Competency data is the basis for dynamic succession planning

What does competency assessment do for people?

  • Self-driven process – learning occurs at the person’s own pace and on the job.
  • Existing knowledge and prior learning are recognized.
  • Being able to demonstrate skills shows competence.
  • Fairer and more objective assessment.
  • Builds knowledge and skills that are directly useful to the person in their job and for future roles.

Our aim is to structure learning and development in order for you to succeed

Competency based training and assessment (CBTA) focuses on what the participant is expected to be able to do in the workplace and their ability to transfer and apply skills, knowledge and attitudes to new situations and environments. Assessment in this scenario relates to 3CM's suite of Training programmes and courses.

Assessment of competencies does not centre around either a pass or fail grade. Rather, the assessor works with participants to ensure sufficient evidence is collected to establish competence, and that that evidence meets the required standard.

Majority of training and assessment delivered by 3CM is competency based.

Competencies are not only gained through structured training, it is recognised that learning may be gained through life experience; past education; apprenticeship; and, on-the-job experience. 3CM has a comprehensive Recognition of Prior Learning instrument in place to ensure learners are credited with units/qualifications where possible, before undertaking training.

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