Competency Dictionary – With Levels

Supported with scaled levels to illustrate increasing levels of proficiency that provide individuals with detailed roadmaps for increasing their capabilities incrementally.

Create a framework of core competencies that align HR systems and processes to your organization’s strategy, goals, and culture.

Establish a common language that enables all employees to have a greater understanding of the requirements of their jobs, to identify and maximize their strengths, and to enhance their performance against their development needs.

Low one-time license fee. No annual renewal fees.

Competency Dictionary & Bundle License Details

Flexible Word, Excel, and web format. Not expensive software.
Easy to implement & integrate into any HRIS.

Modify to capture the uniqueness and nuances of your organization’s culture.

Core, Foundational, & Leadership Competencies

Competency Dictionary

Competency Library – Dictionary With Proficiency Levels

In This Competency Matrix Format – By Job Level And Level Of Proficiency
Competency Dictionary Example

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Included With License

How To Build Competency Models Program

Use the competency library 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 about the program.

Competency Model Templates

Customizable generic models for 12 positions. Learn More about the templates.

Discount On Building Competency Models Workshop Tuition Fee.

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Used 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 library and interview guides package. These organizations did, and choose Workitect:

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Advantages of this Competency Library-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 with the Competency Library – Dictionary:

  • 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 packaged 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.

Legal Use

Companies creating their own competency dictionary can, knowingly or unknowingly, violate copyright laws by incorporating competencies and descriptions from copyrighted lists. A license prevents this from occurring.

Competency Dictionary License Included With The Purchase Of These Products And Services
The List of Competencies Can Be Used To Build Competency Models Like These

Implementation Option

Consulting services are available to help a Dictionary licensee effectively utilize and apply the dictionary. Examples of the services can be provided include:

  • Developing a competency framework. Identifying the organization’s key core competencies reflecting its mission, values, culture, and strategy.
  • Developing a strategy and business case for adopting competency models in your organization (or revising the existing models and approaches).
  • Delivering a customized 2-day on-site session to prepare your implementation team to build the desired behavioral and technical competency models.
  • Creating a detailed project plan for your initial models.


It will be provided in a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, PDF, and online on a web page accessible with a password.

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.

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.

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.

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 Library. 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.

Yes. You can customize our dictionary and create a “derivative” that combines our competencies with ones you have created and ones in other dictionaries.

Yes. You can have the competencies uploaded into any system, such as those offered by SAP or Halogen. Our competency library has been pre-loaded into Halogen’s system.

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.

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Integrate into your HCM system

The content of the Workitect Dictionary can be customized and integrated into the talent management, human capital management, and human resources management software provided by Workday, ADP, SAP Success Factors, SABA Halogen, Cornerstone, and others.

What Our Customers Say

“I’ve seen many overly complicated systems. This is a more simplified competency dictionary.”

Human Resources Director , Manufacturing
Our HR Clients