Competency Assessment Methods
The methods for assessing competencies range from simple self-assessments to detailed approaches that result in a formal certification. In this article we’ll explore the options and discuss when each should be used.
Competency assessment methods have three things in common:
- People who perform the assessment
- The competency statements and assessment criteria
- An assessment process
Who should assess competencies?
This depends on the circumstance, the type of competencies being assessed and whether a certification is required. One method can be used or a combination of methods. Below we discuss the options.
Regardless of which option is chosen, two terms need to be defined. They are the assessor and assessee. The person assessing competencies is called the assessor. The person being assessed is the assessee. Let’s take the example of a person being assessed against competencies in a workplace situation. The company may require that all people undergoing assessment conduct a self assessment and also be assessed by their manager. In this situation the assessor is the manager and the assessee is the employee.