Understanding competency structures

Parent-child relationships between competency structure elements

When you create a complete competency structure you must first create the elements that make up the structure and associate these elements together. Associated elements have a parent-child relationship. For example, if an activity is associated with a learning objective, the activity is the child and the learning objective is the parent.

You can create the following element associations:

Element Parents Children


Other competencies

Learning objectives

Other competencies

 Learning objective


Other learning objectives


Other learning objectives


Learning objectives


Tip  If you want to create more complex structures (e.g. a learning objective associated with two competencies in different levels of a nested structure), consider creating all of your elements first before adding parent-child relationships.

Viewing competency structures

The Structure Summary page of an element you select displays all parent and children elements associated with it. If a competency or learning objective is available in multiple org units, you can only see the current org unit's associated activities in the structure.

View a competency structure

  1. On the Competency Home page, click on the competency or learning objective you want to view.
  2. Click Structure.

Other competency structures

Nested competency structure

You can nest competencies and learning objectives by adding a parent-child association between competencies or between learning objectives.

If you have one learning objective that is very broad in scope, dividing it into simpler learning objectives and nesting them beneath it allows users to complete the learning objective in smaller parts. This might also provide a more detailed view of the experiences involved to achieve the overall learning objective.

An example of nested learning objectives.

An example of nested learning objectives in a competency structure

Nested competencies are ideal if competencies are prerequisites for achieving an overarching competency. For example, if you want to distinguish multiple levels of proficiency, a user might complete a "Basic" level proficiency competency by achieving two learning objectives, then complete an "Intermediate" level proficiency competency by completing two more learning objectives.

An example of nested competencies

An example of nested competencies in a competency structure

Note  If users can view competencies, nested competencies are displayed individually and also within their parent-child associations.

Overlapping competency structure

Separate competency structures in the same org unit overlap if they contain the same competencies, learning objectives, or activities. This is ideal for elements that are relevant to completing multiple competency structures.

An example of overlapping competency structures

An example of overlapping competency structures

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