Competency Register

A tool for recording activities that contribute to an individual’s competence

The Method Competency Register is a tool for recording activities that contribute to an individual’s competence. It grew from a tool focussed on Functional Safety only, to one that includes Process Safety and other related areas of safety and engineering. We expect it to continue to expand and evolve in scope.

The Competency Register is now a cloud-based tool that can be used by Organisations to manage the competence of their engineers or by individuals who wish to be able to demonstrate that their competence has been independently validated.

The tool began life as a simple spreadsheet used internally to ensure we only allocated team members to tasks they were competent to carry out. We identified Tasks that we were asked to perform (such as carrying out Functional Safety Assessments) and then tried to work out what might allow you to demonstrate competency in each task. The Functional Safety Standards gave us the basic elements:

We use 4 Competency Levels:

Over time, we further developed our Competency Register tool to include:

Using the Competency Register tool

The Competency Register is used to record the Tasks that user wishes to have added to their personal area of the register. Once the Task is set up, the user can add “Activities” to that Task. Activities include:

Some Activities may be relevant to a number of Tasks – a “General” Task is defined to record such Activities.

Validated by an administrator

When Activities are added, they are sent for Validation to the User’s nominated administrator ((the tool may request that you email evidence to the Administrator), who will check the evidence presented on completion of the Activity and update the Validity. At this time, depending on the number of Activities completed by the User, the Administrator may promote the User to a higher level of competency.

The Competency Register is designed for use by an Organisation (where we would expect the Administrator to be a senior person within that Organisation) or by individuals (where =Method would act as the Administrator).