What is a Functional Competency Assessment?

The I-CAB Foundation functional competency assessments are developed with specific attention to the regulatory framework of each jurisdiction and the relevance of the regulatory requirements to an industry. On establishing this jurisdictional and industry-specific framework, assessments were created to assess all four levels of functional competency including recognition, comprehension, interpretation and application.

The four levels of functional competency measure an individual's ability to:

1.  Recognize equipment, components and terminology applicable to a specific competency.
2.  Comprehend statements, instructions and references.
3.  Interpret operational expectations based on published interpretations.
4.  Apply appropriate hazard mitigation to industry-specific scenarios.

All assessments are accessible through an online, proctored interface that allows the identity of participants to be confirmed and all assessment activities to be recorded for review against assessment integrity standards. Recorded assessment sessions undergo two blind reviews, infraction adjudication and based on adjudication findings, an automatic appeal process if assessment integrity is in question.

The assessment results are continually updated based on changing factors such as amended regulatory requirements, recent judgments and new interpretations. Assessment results also incorporate data such as industry experience, educational background and competency-specific self-assessments to provide a reliable metric for the assessment of cumulative and individual competency specific to a job function and/or project.

Additional information on the I-CAB Foundation process can be found within the following technical paper

An overview of the I-CAB Foundation's funding and structure is found in the following video.

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Assessment Industries

  • • Civil Construction
  • • Demolition
  • • Diving
  • • Explosives
  • • Forestry
  • • HAZMAT
  • • Health Care
  • • Large-Scale Construction
  • • Manufacturing
  • • Non-Industrial/Office/Administration
  • • Oil Sands/Refining/ Downstream
  • • Open-Pit Mining
  • • Pipeline
  • • Residential Construction
  • • Transport
  • • Underground Mining
  • • Upstream Oil & Gas
  • • Utilities
  • • Warehouse

Assessment Jurisdictions

  • • Alberta, Canada
  • • British Columbia, Canada
  • • California, USA
  • • Manitoba, Canada
  • • Michigan, USA
  • • New Brunswick, Canada
  • • Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
  • • Northwest Territories, Canada
  • • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • • Nunavut, Canada
  • • Ontario, Canada
  • • ​Oregon, USA
  • • Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • • Quebec, Canada
  • • Saskatchewan, Canada
  • • South Australia, Australia
  • • Tasmania, Australia
  • • Washington, USA
  • • Western Australia, Australia
  • • United Kingdom
  • • Victoria, Australia
  • • Yukon, Canada
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