This document is developed to improve skills in accordance with the job roles and skill sets of the occupation and ensure that the required skills are aligned to industry requirements.
The document details the format, sequencing, wording, and layout of the Competency Standard for an occupation which comprised Units of Competence and its corresponding Elements.
A Competency Standard is a written specification of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the performance of a job or occupation or trade corresponding to the standard of performance required in the workplace.
- Provides a consistent and reliable set of components for training, recognizing and assessing people’s skills, and may also have optional support materials.
- Enables industry recognized qualifications to be awarded through direct assessment of workplace competencies
- Encourages the development of flexible training which suits individual and industry requirements
- Encourages learning and assessment in a work-related environment which leads to authenticated workplace outcomes.
Competency Standards are developed by a working group who comprised national and international process experts and the participation of experts from the industry to identify the competencies required of an occupation in a particular sector.
Competency Standards describe the skills, knowledge, and attitude needed to perform effectively in the workplace. Competency Standards acknowledge that people can achieve vocational and technical competency in many ways by emphasizing what the learner can do, not how or where they learned to do it.
With Competency Standards, training and assessment may be conducted at the workplace or at training organization or any combination of these.
A Unit of Competency describes a distinct work activity that would normally be undertaken by one person in accordance with industry standards.
Units of Competency are documented in a standard format that comprises:
- Reference to Industry Sector, Occupational Title, and Occupational Description
- Unit code
- Unit title
- Unit Descriptor
- Unit of Competency
- Elements and performance criteria
- Variables and range statement
- Evidence guides
All the parts of a Unit of Competence:
- Describe a work activity
- Guide the assessor to be strict whether the candidate is competent.