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SFIA for professional bodies

SFIA is the world's most widely adopted skills and competency framework. It is used by many of the world's leading professional bodies. Professional bodies can adopt SFIA to define their professional competencies, to support their accreditation schemes and their bodies of knowledge.

The benefits of partnering with SFIA

Quality

  • benchmark your professional membership products and services against the globally recognised standard for skills and competencies
  • mapping to support membership levels, qualifications, accreditations, career paths and mentoring programmes
  • increase, global awareness and confidence in the products and services you offer - from different countries and from a range of different professional disciplines
  • create an integrated approach to competencies and bodies of knowledge 

 Efficiency

  • 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 and have your views represented at the global SFIA Council
  • complement your body of knowledge without duplicating the effort needed to develop and maintain the skills and competencies described in SFIA

 Marketing, promotion and sales

  • make use SFIA's globally accepted, language for skills and competency levels
  • create and maintain a professional register of members’ skills and skill 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 products and services against the globally recognised standard for competency
  • create learning catalogues for your membership with blended learning solutions combining formal and on the job learning
If you represent a professional body, contact the to see how you can benefit from working with SFIA.

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 
SFIA is a not-for-profit organisation with extensive experience of developing and maintaining the world's most widely used skills and competency framework. Contact the before developing your own framework. 

Some professional bodies which use SFIA

These professional bodies work closely with the SFIA Foundation; they may be Accredited Partners, SFIA Council members, SFIA Foundation Board members or users of SFIA

The International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3) uses SFIA as the reference point for establishing professional standards of competence. The membership of IP3 includes ACS, CIPS, NZ IITP, IITPSA (listed above) and also:

Get accredited

The SFIA Foundation operates two types of accreditation - for individuals and for companies. The SFIA Foundation welcomes applicants.

Mapping licence

The 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.

A listing of Bodies of knowledge which are relevant to SFIA-related professional disciplines.