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Competency kit

Competency kit image (water bottle)Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes you can develop in every aspect of your life. As more and more supervisors focus on competencies in the hiring process, successful candidates will be those who can communicate their competencies in their résumés and at interviews.

Not sure where to start? Check out the roadmap to the competency kit.

Your professional competencies

What are professional competencies? They’re the skills, knowledge and attributes that are valued by the professional bodies connected to your future profession.

For example, if you want to become an engineer, it would be smart to have a list of competencies you’ll need to demonstrate to meet the standards of Engineers Canada, a national organization that regulates the practice of engineering in Canada. Many occupations have professional bodies or associations with their own unique competencies.

Want to learn how to practice these competencies? Meet with a career education or chat with your co-op coordinator.

Find your professional competencies

Pick your program from the list below

Choose your area of study from the list below to see a list of relevant professional bodies or associations. We’ve included links to these organizations’ websites—use them to find the professional competencies valued by these groups.

Remember—these are just samples and are not comprehensive—talk to your professors and friends to learn about other related groups.


Art History


Biochemistry and Microbiology



Child and Youth Care

Coaching Studies


Earth and Ocean Sciences




Environmental Studies



Germanic and Slavic Studies

Greek and Roman Studies

Health Information Science


Hispanic and Italian Studies



Medieval Studies



Pacific and Asian Studies


Physics and Astronomy

Political Science


Public Administration

Recreation and Health Education

Social Work



Visual Arts


Women’s Studies

Assess your competencies

You can rate your competencies before, during and after your work and life experiences. Use the How to assess your competencies - info sheet to learn how to complete a competency assessment, and then use the Competency assessment - worksheet to:

  • Document your current competencies
  • Describe your competencies

These resources will help you find out where you fit on this scale:

  1. Beginning: You start to find opportunities to develop skills related to your competencies.
  2. Developing: You practice your competencies in the workplace, classroom and in daily life, and often think about how to develop your skills.
  3. Accomplished: You reach your competency goals and are always thinking about opportunities to use your skills.
  4. Exemplary: You’re a master—you completely understand your competencies and are constantly using them in all areas of your life.

Want help? Work with a career educator or co-op coordinator to talk about your competency development.

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