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SFIA Accredited Practitioner

The SFIA Accredited Practitioner level is intended for those individuals who, typically, use SFIA internally and operationally within an organisation, but are generally not leading skills management or organisational design activities. They may be acting within a client under the guidance of a SFIA Accredited Consultant or working towards becoming accredited as a consultant.

SFIA Accredited Practitioner

Introduction

This is substantially a SFIA Level 4 role.  A SFIA Accredited Practitioner may support and guide the adoption and use of SFIA or work on operational people /skills management activities using SFIA.  This level may be considered a stepping stone to SFIA Accredited Consultant (where such an applicant may have less SFIA experience than is required for Accredited Consultant).  They may work under the guidance of a SFIA Accredited Consultant or indeed work alone where SFIA related mechanisms are already in place or of narrow scope.

A SFIA Accredited Practitioner Generic Profile may be found here.

A SFIA Accredited Practitioner Application form, including application guidance may be found here.

Please Note:

The scope of SFIA activities within an organisation can be very broad and it is not expected that all activities or requirements mentioned in the Generic Role Profile are demonstrated.  Any application for SFIA Accredited Practitioner should be made having referred to this generic profile and reading associated guidance documentation. 

Application for SFIA Accredited Practitioner

It is up to the applicant to demonstrate their experience of using SFIA in real world environments at an appropriate level.  Success in an application is more likely if evidence to demonstrate experience is readily available to the assessor.

An application should consist of the following:

  • A completed application form detailing experience in the application and use of SFIA in real-world situations
  • A detailed career history or CV
  • References where possible
  • Evidence of successful completion of appropriate level of SFIA training

Mandatory Requirements

The following requirements are for this role:

  • SFIA Training: Satisfactorily completed Authorised SFIA Practitioner-level training or higher
  • Demonstrate practical experience of implementing and using SFIA
  • Provide evidence of having seen through at least one implementation of SFIA, or performed an operational role using SFIA.  Experience may be limited to one organisation, or simple range of contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify SFIA skills needed for a defined job or role.  
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of how SFIA could be used in different management situations (recruitment, deployment, assessment, development, remuneration policy, etc.).  

Desirable Characteristics

These desirable characteristics must show experience in various processes of skills management albeit at a lower level than for Accredited Consultants.  It is likely that this experience may be limited to one organisation or one area within an organisation and that not all of the desirable characteristics can be demonstrated.

  • Contribute to setting corporate policies and strategies for the management of people and skills
  • Rolling out and applying corporate policies for people management.
  • Engaging with senior management, understanding the key people management requirements and advising on people management strategies.

SFIA Levels of Responsibility

It is a mandatory requirement that a SFIA Accredited Practitioner is able to demonstrate that they have operated as below:

Autonomy Level 4:

Works under general direction within a clear framework of accountability.  Exercises substantial personal responsibility and autonomy.  Plans own work to meet given objectives and processes.

Influence Level 4:

Influences customers, suppliers and partners at account level.  May have some responsibility for the work of others and for the allocation of resources.  Participates in external activities related to own specialism.  Makes decisions which influence the success of projects and team objectives.

Complexity Level 4:

Work includes a broad range of complex technical or professional activities, in a variety of contexts.  Investigates, defines and resolves complex issues

Business Skills Level 4:

Selects appropriately from applicable standards, methods, tools and applications.  Communicates fluently, orally and in writing, and can present complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.  Facilitates collaboration between stakeholders who share common objectives.  Plans, schedules and monitors work to meet time and quality targets.  Rapidly absorbs new information and applies it effectively.  Maintains an awareness of developing technologies and their application and takes some responsibility for driving own development.

Professional Skills

As the scope of SFIA related work may be very broad, no particular SFIA Professional Skills are mandated for a SFIA Accredited Practitioner.  However, the SFIA Accredited Practitioner Generic Profile lists 12 professional skills that are the most likely to be able to be demonstrated.  A candidate must be able to demonstrate at least 3.