Interactive Building Competency Models Workshop


The only public workshop that teaches participants how to build and implement job competency models and HR applications.

Many companies are building their own competency models without the help (& expense) of external consultants. More than 1,200 HR professionals have attended a three-day workshop over the past 10 years and learned how to use a six-step model building process. Techniques and templates guide the collection and coding of data necessary to build competency models, frameworks, and HR applications. Competency models, done right, connect human resource strategies with business strategies.

Our methodology for building models is based on the original job competence assessment (JCA) methodology developed in the 1970’s by Dr. David McClelland, a pioneer in competency research and testing, and by consultants at McBer and Company.

Organizations that buy off-the-shelf models or use a methodology similar to that used to write job descriptions are missing out on the most significant benefit of competency models. For example, models customized to an organization are based on analyses of superior performers in that organization with its unique culture, ways of doing business, and business strategy. The models paint a picture of what success looks like in that particular organization. Off-the-shelf models and those developed by sorting cards, brainstorming, or reading the latest business book cannot do that. Why not learn how to build models the right way? If you don’t, all of the HR applications you develop that are based on those models will be flawed.

 Six-step process that is taught in this workshop.


Benefits of attending the workshop

As a result of attending this workshop, participants are able to:
– Develop a competency framework that identifies competencies that reflect the organization’s values, mission, and business strategy.
– Develop leadership competency models
– Improve existing models
– Plan a competency modeling project
– Communicate and gain support for a model-building project
– Develop HR applications for talent management, assessment, selection, succession planning, development, and performance management
– Effectively use Workitect’s licensed competency dictionary (purchased separately) to build models.

Workshop Agenda

About competencies and competency models

This is an example of a completed competency model that participants are taught to develop.

Workitect is a leading provider of competency-based talent development systems, tools and programs. We use “job competency assessment” to identify the characteristics of superior performers in key jobs in an organization. These characteristics, or competencies, become “blueprints” for outstanding job performance. Competencies include personal characteristics, motives, knowledge, and behavioral skills. Job competency models are the foundation of an integrated talent management system.  That system includes selection, performance management, succession planning, and leadership development.

“Great systematic learning experience I enjoyed the interaction with other attendees. Dick was superb, a great trainer, facilitated the class well, kept us moving through the materials. ”

“This is absolutely the most practical and relevant seminar workshop I have attended in my professional career.  I can take back what I learned and apply it immediately.”

“This workshop provided excellent materials and great examples, demonstrating the talent management tools of competency modeling and use in recruitment, promotion, career planning, performance appraisals and succession planning.”

“The program provided me with a concise and thorough process to develop a Competency model.  And in addition, tools are provided for each component in the model, including tools to apply the new model.  The program is great!”

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2019-02-19T01:48:05+00:00December 10th, 2018|Competency Models|0 Comments

About the Author:

Ed is President of Workitect, Inc. and has over forty years of experience helping companies effectively utilize their organizational and human resources. His experience includes senior consultant roles with Achieve Global and Hay/McBer. Workitect is the leader in competency-modeling and competency-based talent management.

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