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Competencies are the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed for individuals to succeed on the job. CalHR has developed statewide competencies for employees in an effort to align all human resources operations by articulating the necessary capabilities required to optimize individual and organizational performance. Competencies support the state’s efforts to attract, develop, and retain a highly talented workforce.

Competencies help employees to:

  • Understand what is expected in their job
  • Know what key behaviors to demonstrate
  • Discuss strengths and development areas with their supervisor/manager
  • Align training and development opportunities for current and future growth

Competency Development Groups

​Competency Development Models group competencies applicable to specific workforce needs (e.g. Core, Leadership, Department, Occupation and Job Specific).

Core Competencies: leadership, department, occupation,  job specific 

CalHR has created Core and Leadership Competency Models that identify the knowledge, skills and behaviors that leaders need to be successful in their roles. Leaders are expected to have proficiency in all of the core and leadership competencies.

​Core and Leadership Competencies don't attempt to describe all competencies that are needed to successfully perform a job. There are occupation and job specific skills required in each position. Occupation and job specific competencies are not the focus of CalHR and would be included in a comprehensive development plan by departments.

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