CORE COMPETENCIES AND BEHAVIORS

These competencies and behaviors form the basis for position specific training, position task books (PTBs), job aids, and other performance-based documents.
There are three primary benefits of identifying competencies:

1. Competencies are a national “benchmark”—they standardize qualifications without interfering with local decision making about training.
2. Shared competencies make interagency crossover and collaboration easier.
3. Competencies are a critical component for the development of performance-based training.

The following brief descriptions will help distinguish between the terms “competencies,“behaviors,” and “tasks”:

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Competencies and behaviors among positions are similar. This similarity may hide critical differences in proficiency level and the environment or type of incident in which the position is expected to perform. These critical differences are typically captured in the tasks of each position

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