This verification of competency assessment:
A verification of competency (VoC) is a method of assessing an individual’s ability, skills and knowledge. An individual’s competence is usually verified through an assessment and/or a practical demonstration.
The VoC process assists employers ensure that individuals have the necessary ability to perform their job safely and competently. It also provides a way for employers to identify gaps in skills and knowledge, and to provide training to address those gaps. The VOC process is often used in high-risk occupations, such as heavy equipment and machinery operations.
Who can conduct a VoC can be quite varied and depends on what the VoC is actually for however, generally assessments can be conducted by employers, training providers, independent assessors or other ‘competent person’ as defined below.
Competence refers to a person’s ability to do their jobs safely and effectively. In general terms this can be defined as per below.
Competency is a combination of attributes, including skills, training and experience, relevant to a particular work task or function that enables a person to safely undertake that task or discharge that function by following industry standards and site requirements.
A competent person is a person who has acquired, through a combination of training, qualification or experience, the knowledge and skill necessary to undertake their work safely or discharge their function by following company expectations.
A competency assessment is the process of collecting and evaluating evidence (either an internal assessment and/or an assessment authorized by external assessors) to determine if an individual is competent to perform a task at the required level.
The competence of personnel is vital to enable a business to operate effectively and safely. Where a level of training, competency or a certificate is required to operate equipment or perform a work activity, no person should be permitted to undertake that activity without a high-risk licence, competency or the necessary certificate being attained.
This verification of competency assessment tool has provisions for assessing the training and skill levels of a trainee, inclusive of: