Methodological manual


A Methodological Manual will be produced to aid organisations identify and use appropriate methodologies to research, construct, test and review high-level professional competence frameworks. 

The Manual is designed to be usable in any higher-level (generally EQF 5+) occupational area.


  • Concepts and models – e.g. ‘internal’ (attribute-based) and ‘external’ (social expectation) facets of competence, the Mansfield-Mathews job competence model, the Winch epistemic ascent model, Stephenson’s notion of capability, Lester’s second-generation competence model and the Dreyfus skills acquisition model.
  • Research and development methods – e.g. critical incident/behavioural event analysis, task analysis, functional analysis, role mapping, core capability modelling, repertory grid technique, DACUM, Delphi technique.