NPS Education Competencies


A competency is a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors which, when acquired, allows employees to perform a task or function at a specifically defined level of proficiency. All federal positions and many private sector jobs are based upon competencies. National Park Service “Universal Competencies” are competencies needed at all levels by all employees across all career fields. National Park Service “Technical Competencies” are specific to a given occupation like Interpretation.

The NPS Education Professional Competencies were updated in 2013 based on function (manager, developer, and facilitator) and then organized by task. The new curriculum-based education courses are developed around the updated competencies.

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