The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define competence as
“The combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge
that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a
Your level of competence only needs to be proportionate to your
job and place of work.
Employers need to be assured you are competent, but you may not
necessarily need to complete a specific training course if you
already have relevant experience.
The Recognised ways to demonstrate competence
Externally awarded qualifications with an appropriate syllabus;
In–house training leading to a statement of competence; or
Assessment of your experience leading to a statement of
Talk with your employer (or prospective employer) about how your
training, skills, experience and knowledge fits their preferred
ways to recognise competence in their staff team.