The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established a competency-based training and assessment task force that will update international procedures related to the training of aviation personnel. A new model will focus on competency rather than the ability to perform a specific task, recognizing that successful personnel possess more than just the requisite skill; they must also have ability and knowledge required to perform a task in a specific context.
An immediate task for the aircraft maintenance personnel sub-group is to replace existing task-based training recommendations with a list of competencies required for today’s licensed maintenance personnel. A draft framework identifies observable behaviors to assess work management, situational awareness, risk management, system thinking, team work, problem solving and decision making, self-management and communication.
The group’s project plan includes creation and publication of personnel competency framework and a corresponding manual to aid implementation. The target publication date is scheduled for 2020.
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