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Job Analysis and Competency Mapping: Methods and Approaches

Explore how organisations recruit the most suitable candidates and investigate current trends and debates.

Job Analysis and Competency Mapping: Methods and Approaches
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study10 hours

Why join the course?

Competencies lie at the heart of human resource management, providing a basis for key HR functions such as selection and assessment, performance management, and development. In this course we will review the nature of competencies and explore how they link to the assessment of people at work.

We will explore the role of job analysis and competency mapping, as well as how each process can aid the development of personnel products, such as job descriptions and person specifications. A range of methods, techniques and approaches will be discussed and evaluated drawing on current research/critic.

What topics will you cover?

Job analysis

  • What is job analysis?
  • The purpose of job analysis
  • The link between job analysis and other personnel products: a focus on job descriptions and person specifications.
  • Methods of job analysis
  • Job analysis techniques


  • What are competencies?
  • The purpose of competencies
  • The process of competency mapping
  • The purpose of competency mapping
  • Competency profiling
  • Linking competencies to recruitment and selection/development
  • The Lancaster Model of Managerial Competencies

Job analysis vs. competency mapping

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss competencies, their history and the role they play in the development of personnel products for the purpose of assessment.
  • Compare different methods, techniques and approaches to identifying employee competencies.
  • Justify the importance of having a job description and person specification and report how they can be used in the recruitment and selection processes.
  • Explain how to use competencies for identifying employee development needs and progression.
  • Debate the relevance of job analysis and competency modelling in the changing world of work.

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals who wish to explore the approaches used to develop personnel products for the purpose of assessment, while investigating current trends and debates surrounding their usage.

Who will you learn with?

Andre Soares PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA, CPsychol – assistant professor in business and occupational psychology at Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry