Traditional learning is a large commitment for employees, and online courses can be hit-or-miss — the curriculum may cover inapplicable abstract theory, basic concepts, or irrelevant content. It can be difficult for employers to find impactful learning programs where employees can bring back knowledge and developed skills that result in recognizable, quantifiable results.

Competency-based learning, however, provides a customized opportunity with a fitting amount of commitment for employees to continue learning, develop their skill sets, and become more effective in their role.

What Is Competency-Based Learning?

Competency-based learning uses a self-paced model, where learners aren’t restricted to the classroom in which they must meet curriculum deadlines or have long pieces of one-size-fits-all content to digest. It provides a more flexible learning schedule for employees and focuses on improving the skills used in a current role. It doesn’t look to cover the depth of a subject, but the development of an area or skill.

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For employees, they have more control over their learning and can balance their workloads better. Instead of taking university courses (which require an application process and a large sum of tuition) or online classes (which may not be specifically valuable), competency-based learning can be tailored to the employee in order to develop the skills they need, improving the output of their role.

Employers who are looking to improve employee skills for a specific role can use competency-based education to save on larger costs that a university would require, implement a curriculum that is specific for the role which would lead to better outcomes, and allow the employee to better balance learning with work.

How It Provides Continual Learning & Professional Development

Using a competency-based learning model allows employees to continue learning beyond the classroom and improve their skills on their time. Unlike traditional schooling where employees put a degree on their resume, they instead develop the professional skill sets needed for their specific role.

Competency-based training offers practical soft skills for the workforce — in areas such as influence and persuasion, driving results, learning agility, active listening, etc. — where the employee can enhance their skill an area and then work on developing it on-the-job. It’s a win-win scenario, with more control over the cost of learning for the company and greater flexibility for the employee.

Continual Learning with the Caliper Precision Series

When you implement competency-based training, it’s going to be different than other forms of training. When we look for continual learning, we look for the following criteria:

    • Practical, specific skills development with coaching-enabled eLearning.
    • Self-paced. Usually, it allows employees greater flexibility without multiple hard deadlines.
    • Complements current roles. The skill does not replace training but makes the employee more effective in their current role.
    • An ongoing process so that the skill acquired has more than a single-use case or isolated value.
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Companies usually implement their competency-based curriculum in-house, but it can be a substantial amount of work to maintain the curriculum, measure how effective it is, and add new skills. Furthermore, determining whether it’s effective can be difficult among smaller sample sizes. Many times, companies need to develop the skills of employees that no one in the company has. This is why many companies look for external sources of learning. Nonetheless, finding a credible source of learning can be a hassle.

The Caliper Precision Series helps develop employees by providing snackable, microlearning content which is broken up into modules for skill development. Each module allows managers to coach employees with focus areas. The Precision Series is dynamically configurable which allows managers to customize the curriculum to the employee’s needs. The series scales learning among employees with nearly unlimited opportunities.

Competency-based learning is a practical option for companies to develop employees’ skills in order to save costs, provide flexibility, and enable employee growth. Choosing a competency-based training option, such as the Precision Series, is vital to the success of the objective.

Check out our Caliper Precision Series and see how it can move your team’s learning objectives forward.