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Reference and guide to SFIA version 7. Framework status: Current standard.

#9 Addition of sub-levels under Levels of Responsibility: change request declined

For each of 7 levels in current SFIA framework can be further categorized into 3 sub-levels : Entry(a) , Middle(b) and Exit(c)

The subcategories of LoR  might help assessor to convey candidate which level he is currently and what he needs to do to move to next level e.g. currently he is at level 4(b) and he has to acquire certain skills in order to move to 4(c) before he can think of getting promoted to Level 5(a)

This can give probably more confidence to candidate as clear visibility of level he is at currently and what will be his next LoR, if he acquires certain skills.

Depending on organisation , it can be inferred that on average  it takes 12 to 24 months for a candidate to move from level 'a' to level 'b' (upto level 4) and 24 to 36 months for level 5 and above  


What we decided


The creation of 3 sub levels would, in effect, create a framework of c.21 levels.

  • it would increase the level of complexity in SFIA
  • would require significant work to create 3 sub-levels
  • and is likely to be very specific to organisational context

If this is considered valuable; SFIA users / partenrs / consultants could develop a limited "prototype" of what this might look like and share this with the SFIA Design Authority Board.

The addition of time periods for development of skills is outside the scope of SFIA as a generic framework.

  • some employers may feel able to describe this for their own internal career paths
  • Attainment of SFIA skill levels depends on gathering real world work experience . So progress through levels is highly dependent on being give stretch opportunities. This is especially true for the higher SFIA levels.
  • As such the SFIA framework cannot prescribe developmental time periods.
Shrikant Chaphekar says:
Aug 08, 2017 03:13 AM

Implementation of this change request will be useful for all stakeholders.

John Godsell says:
Aug 27, 2017 07:22 AM

I appreciate where this request comes from, however from the point of view of a role it is always necessary to come down on one level of responsibility, even though on occasion some small parts may not fit. A person may still operate in this role even if their current For is less than the current level, providing they have the right support through mentoring, training and general supervision. Regular assessment will then be used to see to what extent they meet the LoR statements of skill. I think further splits would confuse the key point that this is a defined specific level.

John Godsell says:
Aug 27, 2017 07:24 AM

Slight typo for For read LoR (predictive text issue)

John Godsell says:
Sep 07, 2017 04:52 PM

I should like to add that guidelines on how long it takes to reach a level are not helpful. Some people may never get beyond a specific level in the role they perform and even though they may be able to go higher the opportunity to demonstrate their skill may never arise and hence they cannot get there.