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 task safely”. Read More...
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 are:
- Externally awarded qualifications with an appropriate syllabus; or
- In–house training leading to a statement of competence; or
- Assessment of your experience leading to a statement of competence.
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.