Certificate of competency

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Certificate of competence is a goal in traditional education. The purpose of the certificate is to impress an employer so that you can a job. Nowadays, many employers realize that a qualification does not equal the qualities needed for the role on offer. In result of job interviews have become longer and more stringent as companies look for additional personal skills and attitudes before taking on an employee. This trend is growing, and academic qualifications are steadily decreasing in significance with major employers. Strategic learners on the other hand view success as the ultimate degree and certificate of competence. Their goal is to succeed and this may involve supplementing their self-directed learning with some formal learning and qualifications, but never involves substituting personal development for formal qualifications (A. Q. Knotts 2012, s. 19).

Components of certificate

An organiser of competence-basd qualifications is responsible for arranging the assessment of a competence test performance and submitting the related assessment proposal to the Qualification Committee in the manner agreed in the contract for arranging competence-based qualifications. Similar information must be submitted on all performances in competence tests. Such an assessment proposal must contain the following information: the candidate’s name, date of birth, qualification, qualification modules with grades, the end date of the competence test and the time of the assessment meeting, a description of the competence test performance and an account of where the competence tests were arranged, and assessors. If it is proposed that any performances be failed, the grounds for this must be provided. Provision of such information is particularly signifi cant, due to the possibility of an assessment rectifi cation procedure. In the case of failed performances, the related assessment criteria under the Qualification Requirements for competencebased qualifications must be mentioned (T. Päivärinta 2013, s. 25-26).

Example of X- ray operator's certificate

The x-ray machine operator certificate begins the following informations:

  • Name of x-ray operator
  • address
  • profession
  • location where used
  • licence number

Subsequently, diagnostic radiographer approved by the Director, Radiation Health Unit certify that, in my opinion as a professional diagnostic radiographer, the above mentioned person has demonstrated competency in performing radiography of the:

  • chest and extremities; or
  • chest, extremities, cervical spine, shoulder joints, hip joints and abdomen; or
  • chest (lung, ribs and sternum) extremities, spine, shoulder joints, hip joints, pelvis and abdomen, skull and facial bones - medical practitioner only

This person has satisfactorily demonstrated to me that they are competent in all of the following areas:

  • Exposure parameters. Demonstrated ability to alter exposure parameters to compensate for incorrect exposure, different body thicknesses, different receptor/screen combinations and the use of grids, plaster etc.
  • Image artefacts Demonstrated ability to identify various imaging faults and how to prevent their recurrence.
  • Radiographic technique and positioning. Demonstrated ability to use radiographic techniques and appropriately position patients to produce diagnostic radiographs of the areas identified above which have a high standard of image quality.
  • Use of computerised radiography equipment Demonstrated ability to use radiography equipment to produce a plain radiograph, perform necessary post processing and store and transfer images.

Certificate of X-ray operator ends with the number of the license granted and the signature of two persons- the certified person and the person performing the qualification(K. Thayalan 2014, s. 167-169).


Author: Natalia Talarek