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Overview of the APS Competency Model

Behavioural competencies provide a means of looking at what someone does and how they do it - it is the set of characteristics that make a person 'exceptional'. They help individuals and the organization focus on the behaviours that enable people to consistently achieve high standards of performance. Practice of the behavioural competencies described in the model will enable the APS, as well as our members, to reach their full potential.

The competency model is organized into the following three groups, and reflects the behaviours that are necessary for exceptional performance across the Alberta Public Service.

  • Thinking - competencies related to systems thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Achievement - competencies related to agility and drive for results.
  • Relationship - competencies related to developing networks, bringing people together, and developing self and others.

Additional details on the 7 competencies can be found in the following document: Alberta Public Service Competency Model PDF icon. You can also view the definition of each competency on the graphic below by rolling over it with your mouse.

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Understanding the Behavioural Scale

Behavioural Scale: A graphic that describes how each competency is demonstrated. The scales are organized in ascending order and increase in complexity and scope. The model also provides descriptions of the types of behaviours one would expect to observe across the organization. As the levels in the scale progress, they include the behaviors in previous levels as well as the behaviours at the target level. This means that a person demonstrating a competency at Level C should also be demonstrating the behaviours described at Levels A and Level B. The behaviours found within the scales are meant to be descriptive, but not exhaustive, and provide a sample of what you would expect to see at that level.

For example, an individual whose position requires them to provide advice from their program area only may require a Level A in Systems Thinking, while an individual whose position requires them to create a cross ministry strategy with short and long term goals may require a Level D in Systems Thinking.

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Last Review / Update: 2014-09-01

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