DEFINING SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES (SKAs)

Guidelines for Writing SKAs
Sample Skills, Knowledge and Abilities



GUIDELINES FOR WRITING SKAs
1.  A skill, knowledge or ability is something a worker knows or can do that enables the worker to successfully perform the duties of the job. Basic SKA categories include but are not limited to the following:
      Vocational (work content skills)  
      Mathematical Skills
      Reasoning
Language Skills (reading, writing and speaking)
Human Relations
Self Management
2.  Each SKA statement should indicate:
EXAMPLE
      what ability  Skill in reading English words, simple
 sentences and numbers
on documents 
 so that they can be properly filed.
      at what level, in what amount
      in what context, for what purpose. (Optional)  
3.  Use examples from the job to help define the SKA concisely.
4.  Avoid using subjective modifiers, e.g., high level, which have a different meaning for each individual.




MAIN INTRODUCTION DESCRIBING THE JOB DEFINING SKILLS APPENDICES