DEFINITION: The requirements for effective workplace performance in a discrete area of work, work function, activity or process and are used as the basis for defining learning outcomes and the benchmarks for assessment within the VET sector.
Competency standards are expressed in outcome terms and aim to reflect the standards of performance required in the workplace.
Competency standards have a standard format and are also referred to as units, units of competency, competencies, and competency specifications.
SOURCE: IBSA Council Ldt (2015). VET Glossary. Part of a suite of support materials for the TAE Training and Education Training Package, 4th edition.