The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) works with business leaders, educators, and others to create comprehensive and readily accessible industry competency models that document the foundational and technical skills and competencies required for workplace success in economically important industries. 

Industry Competency Model Initiative

ETA and industry partners collaborate to develop and maintain dynamic models of the foundational and technical competencies that are necessary in economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. The goal of the effort is to promote an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a globally competitive workforce.

                                          Competency Model Clearinghouse User Guides

The models serve as a resource to inform discussions among program planners, industry leaders, educators, economic developers, and public workforce investment professionals as they collaborate to:

  • Identify specific employer skill needs and tests that assess and verify work-related competencies
  • Develop competency-based curricula and training models
  • Develop industry-defined performance indicators, skill standards, and certifications, and
  • Develop resources for career exploration and guidance.

The Competency Model Clearinghouse in CareerOneStop also allows customers to build their own industry model frameworks based on the competency model building blocks, which customers modify to meet their industry's needs.

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Competency Model Development

The competency models in the Clearinghouse are continually updated, based on feedback from businesses and industry representatives, based on occupational data. 

On the Clearinghouse website, click on Latest Industry Models and find the newest additions to the Clearinghouse. 

Check under What’s New for the latest news on competency model developments from industry, education and workforce partners.