Individuals must be competent to perform their job tasks. These individuals must provide evidence that they possess the required technical skills, knowledge, experience, and behavior to perform their job role/function and that they can apply them consistently, safely and in accordance with relevant procedures and standards.
What is a competency standard?
Personnel require competencies to be able to perform these tasks. Competency is a statement of desired knowledge, skills, and behaviours; therefore, competency is a combination of skills (ability to do a task), knowledge (ability to understand and explain the task), experience (type, years, supervision to obtain the knowledge), and behaviours, but a competency
- must meet an agreed standard;
- must be updated as competencies can deteriorate, or become dated with time, leading to a drift into incompetence (‘competency decay’); and,
- must be continually assessed, as evidence is needed that it is being absorbed by personnel (‘demonstrable competencies’).
Therefore, personnel must have their competencies assessed against a standard. This assessment could be by examination, interview, performance, etc., but it must be formal and recorded.
ROSEN Competency Standards
Click the competency levels below to view a list of competency standards available. Several detailed standards are accessible.