Competence – How is it measured?

Competence is a keyword that should be part of every endeavor in our life.

Searching on the net what is the meaning of Competent

1. properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient;
2. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc.

You might be asking, why am I into this topic? I would say, I am not competent to discuss about this topic that is why I am giving my own opinion, not as an expert but as a person.

In my current project, as part of a legal obligation, parties involved in the design and construction of shall have the proper certifications that they are competent in performing their taks for the project.

I have not read the whole legal document but only extracts of it. One criteria that struck my attention is the attachment of certificates into the dossier.

There is nothing wrong with that is it not? Yes, I agree with you. On the other hand, there is a catch, some training providers could issued a certificate of competency after completing their training course of 5 days. So if a inexperienced individual will undergo their training, and be issued a certificate, will he be competent as per legislation? Probably yes, probably not.

Looking at the other perspective, will a new graduate from the university complete with all certificates and diploma be more competent in performing a task than a person who has been in the business for more that 10 years but has no formal education thus no certification?

How then is competence be measured? In my opinion, competence should be part experience and part certification. A person to be competent should possess the experience and should undergo assessment to test the person's ability for the particular task, then be issued a certification. Training course may be a part but not necessary as long as the individual is capable of passing the assessment test.

That is what I call competence.

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo
A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).
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