A core competency is a description of a particular behaviour, skill or attribute that all employees should possess to meet organizational needs, regardless of their job or role. Most federal government organizations have identified core competencies for their staff, and many non-profit and private sector organizations have as well.

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We’ve organized the most common core competencies into 5 main category headings:

Thinking, Exercising Judgement and Making Decisions
Meaningful Engagement in the Workplace: Working with Others
Organizational Excellence: People, Systems and Process Management
Personal Growth and Development
Essential Skills for Today’s Workplace

Click on a category above to see the related competencies for each.

Quick Link to a list of all competencies with links to definition and behaviours, and which PMC courses address them

Quick Link to an alphabetical list of PMC courses and the competencies they address

These core competencies have been drawn from those established at a number of federal government departments, including:
Canadian Heritage
Canada Revenue Agency
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Treasury Board Secretariat

Many of these competencies apply to almost any type of organization. If you feel there is a competency that should be added to this list, please contact us at:

Tel: (613) 234-2020, ext. 21

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