Competency Architecture: A blueprint for developing job profiles

May 22, 2015 Sarah Beckett

Just as a blueprint is needed to build a house, a competency architecture is needed to build a job profile.

What is competency architecture?

A competency architecture provides a set of rules for guiding the selection of competencies and proficiency levels required for every job profile in the organization.

What are proficiency levels?

Proficiency levels define progressively higher degrees of expertise and mastery for a competency. With multi-level competencies, different job profiles can share the same competency expressed at different levels. This helps HR staff and employees to see points of connection between jobs, which improves performance management, career development, and succession planning activities.

What are the benefits?

Competency architecture ensures:

  • Alignment. Every job profile aligns with organizational goals, departmental or job-family priorities, and the requirements of the job.
  • Fairness. Employees can see that the same rules apply to profile development at every level.
  • Continuity. Consistent architecture ensures continuity and cohesion for HR activities across the organization.

What does competency architecture look like?

SAMPLE: Competency Architecture for XYZ Company

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Sarah Beckett

Sarah is an experienced marketer with over 10 years experience. She drives HRSG brand marketing strategy and the implementation of all related programs.

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