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Competency Framework given a makeover

The ICE is further developing its Competency Framework for Professional Development to include sponsor and client competencies.

The new elements focus on issues such as achieving maximum value, responsible governance and managing interfaces. There are also new elements covering effective project management.

Since its launch a year ago, the tool has been used by hundreds of ICE members to reach a better understanding of their competencies and training needs, post professional review. It also provides a deeper understanding of the requirements needed to perform more effectively.

The Capacity Building Panel has identified improved project and programme initiation, procurement and delivery as one outcome they are expecting members and their organisations to achieve following the launch of the specialist Frameworks early in 2013.

Available as an online survey and a printable PDF, the Competency Framework is a guide, allowing members to reflect on and assess their competence related to the practice, behaviour and context relevant to their role.

It assists in highlighting areas that require improvement and suggesting ways in which this can be done, for example, undertaking further reading, courses or mentoring.

It also provides a series of quick tips so members can begin to address identified areas for development straight away.

“The Competency Framework Assessment is really a very useful tool,” said Bam Nuttall engineering manager and ICE member Colin Evison. “Being able to carry out my own analysis of my skills and getting presented with areas for improvement that are specific to me has definitely helped me keep track of my professional development.”

“It complements the formal development review system provided by my employer and enables me to check my development whenever suits me and see how I’m progressing,” he added.

“The graphical output is a nice clear way of presenting the information - it’s definitely something I’d recommend to any practising civil engineer who is serious about their career.”


To use the Competency Framework go to For further information contact

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