The competency framework supports the development of company secretaries and governance professionals by identifying the behaviours they need to perform well in their roles. Key competencies that support good governance, and the professional behaviours that exemplify them, are identified and split into three areas: knowledge, practice, and values. Together, these provide a clear picture of the role and define what an effective company secretary or governance professional knows, does and believes.
For those joining the profession from an aligned or alternative career, the competency framework can be used to map their skills, providing a clear view of any specific areas that they need to focus on supporting or enhancing their existing knowledge. For example, someone transitioning into a governance role, such as a lawyer, may seek to map their existing knowledge of governance to the competency framework to identify areas where they already possess the required competencies and those where additional learning is required or where they could seek to broaden their skillset.
The framework helps individuals review and plan their professional development, by describing how each competency can be demonstrated in practice at all career stages. It can also be used as a tool to assess the governance capability within organisations.
The Framework can be found here.