Competency Dictionary (License)

Ensure that common skills and characteristics are always described with the same competency names.
Create a framework for an integrated talent management system.

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Develop competency models tailored to your organization

Thirty-five competencies in five clusters (See the competencies in their clusters here), with definitions, behaviors, and levels by position and proficiency (Available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian).

Includes a set of Competency Interview Guides (one for each competency) and a Coding Workbook to record Structured Event Interview responses, used in the building of a model as taught in the Building Competency Models workshop.

Sample the Dictionary - PDF Format (2 pages)

Why a competency dictionary?

  • A generic competency dictionary is essential when developing competency models because it ensures that common skills and characteristics are always described with the same competency names.
  • Provides a common conceptual framework or starting point for individual model building
  • Supports resource panel initiatives by asking participants to rate competencies for job relevance
  • Guides the analysis of critical/behavioral event interviews
  • Creates a framework for an integrated talent management system

Saves you both time and money

Our intellectual property license gives you the freedom and flexibility to copy and modify the content for use within your organization. You'll save time and money, and have the confidence that your models and processes are based on tested, researched content. Plus, there are no annual renewal fees!

  • Bundle up and save even more! Register one person to attend our Building Competency Models workshop and we’ll apply the tuition fee toward your dictionary license fee.
  • Multiple applications wrapped in one single license
  • With this license, you are free to use and reuse the content within your organization to:
  • Build competency models
  • Modify competency definitions to fit your corporate culture and business needs
  • Streamline your interview process by integrating competencies and definitions
  • Create competency-based job profiles and descriptions
  • Improve performance reviews or talent management process
  • Strengthen your succession planning process
  • And a lot more!

Benefits of a Generic Dictionary

A generic competency dictionary is essential when developing competency models because it ensures that common skills and characteristics are always described with the same competency names, and serves as the building blocks for the construction of individual competency models. Whenever a competency is used, it has the same general definition, but the behavioral descriptors can vary from one job to the next.

 A generic competency dictionary has several uses in the actual model building process

  1. It provides a common conceptual framework or starting point for model building. The framework is useful in categorizing initial ideas about job requirements, and the model building team can modify or add to the framework. 
  2. The framework can be used in a resource panel by asking participants to rate the importance of a set of generic competencies selected for relevance to the job.
  3. The framework can be used to guide the analysis of critical/behavioral event interviews. 

FAQs

1. Format - In what format will the dictionary be available?

It will be provided in a Word document, PDF, and online on a web page accessible with a password.

2. Build Our Own - Can we create our own dictionary rather than purchasing a generic one?

You can. But it will cost your organization a lot of time and money to replicate one like ours that is based on over 30 years of research and practical experience in building models. You can buy ours and customize it to reflect your organization’s culture, language, and performance expectations.

3. Off-the-Shelf Models - Can we buy off-the-shelf competency models and avoid purchasing a dictionary? Don't jobs with the same title require pretty much the same competencies in all organizations?

Each organization has its own culture and "way of doing business". Even for jobs with identical titles, job success in one organization will require some competencies that are different in another organization. Even a small difference could be critical, which is why we only build custom models or teach internal consultants how to build their own models.

4. Technical Competencies - How can technical or functional competencies be included in competency models?

These competencies can be determined through interviews and expert panels that are conducted as part of the model building process. The identified competencies can then be listed under the Technical Expertise (#21) competency in our dictionary.

5. Certification - Do we have to be “certified” to use the Workitect dictionary?

No. But, satisfactory completion of our Building Competency Models workshop is strongly recommended for anyone interested in acquiring an intellectual property license for our Competency Dictionary. Completion of the workshop ensures that use of the Dictionary is built on a research foundation, applied practice, and the knowledge to effectively implement a competency-based human resource system in your organization.

6. Combine with Another Dictionary - Can we integrate the dictionary with another one we have purchased from a different provider?

Yes. You can customize our dictionary and create a "derivative" that combines our competencies with ones you have created and ones in other dictionaries.

7. Upload into HR System - Can the Workitect competency dictionary be uploaded into a talent management or human resource management system?

Yes. You can have the competencies uploaded into any system, such as those offered by SAP or Halogen. Our competency dictionary has been pre-loaded into Halogen's system.

8. Updates - Will the dictionary be periodically updated with new or revised competencies? Will we be charged for the updates?

Updates will be made no more than once a year. The most recent update was made three years after the previous update. Each update will cost $500.

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Client Testimonials

“I’ve seen many overly complicated systems. This is a more simplified competency dictionary.” Human Resources Director - Manufacturing

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