Competency Development Framework

The SABSA Certification Framework goes much further than other certification efforts, which are largely knowledge-based. The SABSA syllabus comprises of a set of required professional competencies expressed as a series of task-oriented or behavioural learning objectives.

Each objective must

a) show that the candidate has acquired the relevant knowledge and

b) demonstrate that the candidate has the appropriate level of skill to apply that knowledge. Together knowledge and skill make up a competency. 

The SABSA Certification Framework utilises the leading educational framework published by Benjamin S. Bloom as a "Taxonomy of Educational Objectives" (Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Education 1984). The table below shows an overview of SABSA's six-layer Competency Framework using Bloom's taxonomy. 


SABSA Competency Framework


Competency Level

Skill Demonstrated

Task-Oriented Verb Examples



Observation and recall of information

Knowledge of facts

Knowledge of major ideas

Mastery of subject matter

Carry out research to find information

List, define, tell, describe, identify, show, label, collect, examine, tabulate, quote, name, find, identify



Understand information

Grasp meaning

Translate knowledge into new context

Interpret facts, compare, contrast

Order, group, infer causes

Predict consequences

Summarise, explain, interpret, contrast, predict, associate, distinguish, estimate, differentiate, discuss, extend



Use information

Use methods, concepts, theories in new situations

Solve problems using required skills or knowledge

Apply, demonstrate, calculate, complete, illustrate, show, solve, examine, modify, relate, change, classify, experiment, discover



Seeing patterns

Organisation of parts

Recognition of hidden meanings

Identification of components

Analyse, separate, order, connect, classify, arrange, divide, compare, select, infer



Use old ideas to create new ones

Generalise from given facts

Relate knowledge from several areas

Predict, draw conclusions

Combine, integrate, modify, rearrange, substitute, plan, create, build, design, invent, compose, formulate, prepare, generalise, rewrite



Compare and discriminate between ideas

Assess value of theories, presentations

Make choices based on reasoned argument

Verify value of evidence

Recognise subjectivity

Assess, evaluate, decide, rank, grade, test, measure, recommend, convince, select, judge, discriminate, support, conclude