Establishing competency-based standards in the professions


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Author: Gonczi, Andrew; Hager, Paul; Oliver, Liz

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Australia. National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR); Australia. Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET); University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)


This paper aims to provide an introduction to the concept of competency-based standards and to explain how they may be developed by the professions. It provides working definitions of ‘competence’, ‘competency standards’, and related terminology, explains the relationship between this and other systems of occupational analysis and description, and discusses various examples of professions and para-professions adopting this system. Due to the major differences between the actual nature of the work in various professions and para-professions, the paper also discusses several ways of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Assessment; Qualifications; Skills and knowledge; Employment

Keywords: Competency standard; Professional recognition; Employees

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1990

Physical description: 70 p.

ISBN: 0644133414

Statement of responsibility: Andrew Gonczi, Paul Hager, Liz Oliver

Resource type: Government report or paper

Rights: Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1990. Reproduced by permission.

Document number: TD/TNC 87.1474

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