Sample competencies

To help develop your understanding of competencies you’ll find some samples below. We’ve picked out a diverse set of roles and for each you’ll see one competency. We then show a small number of the elements that help define that competency.

The examples below are not complete. They are a small subset to help develop your understanding.

Competencies for HR

Competency
Performance management

Competency elements

  • Design an annual performance cycle
  • Develop leader support materials
  • Create a library of KPIs aligned to organisational goals
  • Identify learning resources for various roles

Competencies for a CFO

Competency
Budgeting and Cost Control

Competency elements

  • Plans for the efficient use of resources
  • Investigates ways to reduce costs
  • Proposes productivity improvements
  • Creates budgets that are realistic and accurate
  • Continually updates and adjusts budgets
  • Monitors and contains costs for projects

Competencies for a DJ

Competency
Club mixer operation

Competency elements

  • Mixes dance beats while one song ends and another begins
  • Uses the equalizer to emphasise sounds, tracks and instruments
  • Harmonises between two tracks

Competencies for a teacher

Competency
Create course content

Competency elements

  • Establish learning outcomes
  • Plan and structure course content
  • Create engaging learning materials
  • Develop tests to measure student knowledge

Competencies for a computer programmer

Competency
Object oriented programming

Competency elements

  • Method overloading
  • Overriding
  • Inheritance

Want to understand competencies in more detail? We’ve got a great article explaining what a competency is. It explains the difference between functional and behavioural competencies.

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