Please don't let me be misunderstood: The role of competencies & competency models in credentialing
Track: Test Development and Administration
The word competency has multiple conceptualizations within and outside of credentialing. Competencies and competency models have been used in human resource applications for decades, yet the licensure and certification community has been slow to embrace them. This may be due to the different understandings of their meaning.
Competencies have varied definitions but most agree that they represent personal characteristics (such as knowledge, skills, and attitudes) needed for success in a job or role. Competency models are frameworks for organizing collections of competencies. Although conceptually distinct from job analyses, competency models can similarly be used to create examination content outlines. Moreover, they can inform education and training requirements and the creation of career ladders and professional development initiatives.
In this session, the presenters will describe different ways competencies can be conceptualized and modeled. Distinctions between job analysis and competency modeling will be drawn. Lessons learned from an organization that is developing a competency framework for professional development purposes will be presented. In addition, participants in the session will engage in a “hands on” exercise in which they create competencies for a hypothetical role.