Job Analysis vs. Competency Modeling in Credentialing: An Interactive Panel Discussion
Track: Test Development and Administration
Job analysis has long served as a foundation for identifying professional requirements (e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics – KSAOs) for a variety of purposes in credentialing. As an alternative approach to job analysis, competency modeling yields similar information regarding professional requirements, although the output may be organized and communicated as “competencies.” Because job analysis (JA) and competency modeling (CM) often overlap in purpose, scope, and output, there is often confusion in terminology and disagreement about appropriate application of one method over the other.
This session brings together a diverse panel of experts to discuss the background, issues, and challenges in the application of job analysis and competency modeling in credentialing. The chair of the session will present a brief overview of JA and CM, and then the panel will address several questions, including:
- What is your experience in JA and CM? How have you used them?
- When is JA or CM more appropriate?
- What are the considerations for using JA vs. CM?
- What are the unresolved issues in the use of JA vs. CM?
- What are the opportunities for application of these approaches to credentialing?
The session will include the opportunity for audience members to raise questions and participate in the discussion of each of the focal questions, as well as discussing future directions and applications in credentialing.