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Competency-based training (CBT)

Parent terms: Competence/y, Training

Competency-based training (CBT) is an approach to vocational education and training that places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program of training. Competency-based training programs are often comprised of modules broken into segments called learning outcomes, which are based on standards set by industry, and assessment is designed to ensure each student has achieved all the outcomes (skills and knowledge) required by each module. Ideally, progress within a competency-based training program is not based on time. Some competency-based training modules have two assessment components: 1. On-the-job 2. Off-the-job
(adapted from: AICL Student Handbook v4, p35 - Accessed in Nov. 2014. Source: http://www.aicl.nsw.edu.au/data/download/AICL_Student_Handbook%20_Feb_10_V4.0.pdf )
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Training which develops the awareness, skills, knowledge and attitudes required to achieve certain competency standards (levels).
Source: NCVER 2013, Australia
A system by which the student is trained on the basis of demonstrated ability rather than on that of elapsed time.
Source: TESDA 2010, Philippines
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Related terms
 Competency-based education, Competency-based assessment

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 Time line for CBT delivery

Competency Based Training implementation

Grading system in competency based training




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