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.
One-time fee. No annual renewal fees

NEW! Exclusively for Dictionary Licensees


Use the dictionary to build a competency model now! Follow the process described in this self-instructional program drawn from our Building Competency Models certification workshop. Learn More.

Contact Us for Details and Pricing

License included with license for Competency Interview Guides, Competency Development Guide, and More. Learn More.

The Competencies


    Competency Dictionary

    In This Format - By Job Level and Level of Proficiency
    (Examples: "Developing Others" & "Analytical Thinking") - See Example

    Competency Dictionary Job Proficiency Levels

    The Dictionary Can Be Used To Build Competency Models Like These

    Competency Dictionary license included with the purchase of these Products and Services

    Purchased By These Organizations

    Are you looking for a simple, flexible, easy-to-use, and less-costly alternative to HRSG, Korn Ferry, SuccessFactors, and Cornerstone? Check out our competency dictionary and interview guides package. These organizations did, and choose Workitect:

    Air Canada

    AMICO-Gibraltar Industries

    Aptar Group

    Baker International

    Bank Independent

    Bob Barker Company

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

    Cadence Aerospace

    State of California


    cbm Canada


    Central Bank of Belize

    Central Pacific Bank

    Chicago Transit Authority


    The Dairy Farm Company Ltd. (Hong Kong)

    Davenport University


    Enclos Corporation

    ENSTAR Natural Gas

    First Commonwealth Financial


    Fortune Pharmacal

    Fulton Hogan

    General Board of Pension and Health Benefits

    GTECH Corporation

    Gulf Investment Corporation (Kuwait)

    International Capital Trading LLC

    Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

    KIK Custom Products

    City of Las Vegas

    Legal and General America

    Legumex Walker Canada


    Magellan Health

    Mary Kay Inc.

    Matthews International Capital Management, LLC

    Maxion Wheels

    Meat & Livestock Australia Limited

    Menasha Corporation

    Diocese of Metuchen (NJ)

    Missouri Employees Mutual

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries

    Otter Tail Corporation

    Pension Benefit and Guarantee Corporation

    Phoenix Contact, Inc.

    Red Hat

    St. Johns River Water Management District

    S&C Electric Company

    S&D Coffee & Tea, Inc.

    Security Finance Corporation

    Charles Schwab Corporation


    Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago

    Volume 9, Inc.

    Western Health Advantage

    City of West Palm Beach

    Yoco Technologies (South Africa)

    Advantages of this Dictionary

    Comprehensive, but Simplified

    In language that is easy for everyone to understand.

    Multiple Applications

    Here are a few examples of applications you can create:

    • Create competency models for your organization,
    • Modify competency definitions to fit your corporate culture and business needs,
    • Integrate the competencies and definitions into your interview tools (or use our Competency Interview Guides that are included with the dictionary),
    • Create competency-based job profiles and descriptions,
    • Load competencies and development options (listed in our Competency Development Guide) into your performance management or talent management system,
    • Include competencies and definitions in performance reviews,
    • Include assessment of competencies in succession planning process.


    An 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 work products are based on tested, research-based content.


    This is not a packed software program. It is intellectual property content that you can use in any way you choose, and integrate into your own HRIS or one you that purchase.


    One-time fee, with no annual renewal fees. The fee is calculated based on the number of employees in an organization who will be covered by HR processes that contain Workitect competencies. This often excludes hourly-rated employees.


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

    It will be provided in a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, 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.

    Competency Dictionary

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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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