SFIA for education and training
How education and training providers use SFIA
Quality of learning outcomes
- align curriculum to industry/employer needs and to improving employability
- align industry placements and apprenticeships to employer needs
- define required competencies and skills profiles to support role-based learning
- map curriculum to skills and knowledge attainment
- support developmental and evaluative skills assessment
- save the cost, effort and time needed to develop and maintain your own skills and competency framework
- learn and share good practice in the adoption of competency frameworks to support education and training e.g. for skills and competency assessment, learning objectives, career pathing
- ensure your requirements are represented in the future development of the world's most widely adopted skills and competency framework
- make use SFIA's globally accepted, language for skills and competency levels
- increase global awareness and confidence in the products and services you offer - from different countries and from a range of different professional disciplines
- benchmark your learning products and services against the globally recognised standard for competency
- create learning catalogues with blended learning solutions combining formal and on the job learning
Developing and maintaining your own competency framework
Before you start work to develop your own professional competency framework it is useful to understand :
- the activities needed to develop and maintain a framework and the time, cost and effort required
- the links between skills, knowledge and experience in order to create an effective framework
- how you can save time, cost and effort by using SFIA as the basis for your competency framework and/or use SFIA to kick start your own framework development
- the wider benefits of using SFIA and how you can join with others and shape the future content of SFIA
Some Education and training providers who use SFIA
These providers work closely with the SFIA Foundation; they may be Accredited Partners, SFIA Council members, SFIA Foundation Board members or users of SFIA.
- Australian Computer Society ACS
- BCS Learning and Development Limited
- Canadian Information Processing Society CIPS
- IEEE Computer Society
- Institute of Coding - a collaboration of 33 universities and 100+ industrial partners, bridging the academia-industry gap
- Open University
- QA Training and talent Solutions
- Santo Tomás
- University of York
The SFIA Foundation operates two types of accreditation - for individuals and for the organisations who provide education and training products and services.
- The SFIA mapping licence is aimed specifically at organisations that provide qualifications, certifications or other services (for example, training courses or rate cards for hired staff).
- If you wish to help the marketing of those services by showing how they relate to SFIA skills, this is the licence to use.
There are 3 levels of recognition:
A listing of Bodies of Knowledge which are relevant to SFIA-related professional disciplines.
SFIA describes the skills and competencies required by professionals in roles involved in information and communication technologies, digital transformation and software engineering. Learn more about what SFIA is, its design principles, who uses it and why they use it.
SFIA provides a common language throughout the skills management cycle. This improves communication and understanding for all involved e.g. line management, HR and employees. By using SFIA, organisations can achieve a consistent and integrated skills and people management approach.
At the core of SFIA is a comprehensive set of descriptions of professional skills and generic attributes. This section describes how it all fits together to form a simple, yet powerful, and proven approach.
SFIA is industry and business-led and at its core is the need for experience. SFIA's model for professional capability is holistic and includes experience, professional skills, knowledge, behaviours, qualifications and certifications. SFIA is used by the world's leading professional bodies to define their professional competencies, to support their accreditation schemes and their bodies of knowledge.
SFIA is designed to be flexible and there are a number of different ways to browse the content of the framework.
The documents you need to understand and adopt SFIA can be downloaded here. They include the 132-page reference guide to SFIA 7 (specifically designed for ease of use), a very popular A3 chart summary chart, and an Excel spreadsheet of the skill and skill level descriptions.
SFIA is non-prescriptive in how you, as an education and training provider, can use it. You can adapt it to suit your needs and desired outcomes. However, many SFIA users are interested in guidance from the SFIA Foundation to learn from others and to help drive good practice and consistency of outcome.
- There is also an active global ecosystem of SFIA Partners, SFIA Consultants and Practitioners. They are available for advice on adopting SFIA.
- If you have any questions which are not answered on this website; please contact the SFIA General Manager
- Accredited Training is the best way to gain a good understanding of the Framework and an insight into how it can be used effectively to deliver real benefits in enhancing the capability of an organisation through the management of the skills of its staff.
- Accredited training follows the standard SFIA Foundation training syllabus and expected learning outcomes.
- The SFIA Foundation authorises Training Providers to ensure that their accredited courses are only delivered by SFIA Accredited Consultants. That means that their trainers will have active experience in skills management, not just knowledge of the SFIA framework.