Credentialing Criteria

To be eligible for credentialing in a Soft Technical Skill, a candidate must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be recommended by the instructor of record
  2. Earn a score of 80% or better on the lesson’s eQuiz
  3. Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the skill by scoring thirty (30) or better on the lesson’s eSurvey
  4. Demonstrate skill in applying the Soft Technical Skill by earning a score of 80% or better on the lesson’s proctored Comprehensive Performance Examination. This includes one of the following activities associated with the topic:
    1. Design, conduct, and report applied research
    2. Identify, describe, and solve a problem
    3. Design, fabricate, and display a product

The Soft Skills are the Hard Skills.

Amy Edmondson, professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School

When a candidate has satisfactorily met the above criteria, as determined by the Board of Review, the Soft Technical Skills Institute issues that candidate:

  • An electronic badge
  • Inclusion in a database searchable by:
    • Name
    • Access Code (email address)
    • Badge(s) earned

Sample Credentialing Criteria

The Learning on the Job lesson is part of the LEARN ON THE JOB Cluster.

The purpose of this lesson on Learning on the Job is to introduce the occupational competency of learning on the job. The goal is to develop an occupational skills set in how to learn on the job. This involves:

  • Engaging in formal and informal training.
  • Using the five steps of informal learning on the job.
  • Learning from job experience.
  • Developing positive work habits.
  • Seeking apprenticeship training.
  • Understanding the related body of knowledge.
  • Using pertinent terms accurately in context.
  • Appreciating the value of technical growth.

The following Key Questions are addressed in this lesson:

  1. What is Learning on the Job?
  2. Why is it important to know how to learn on the job?
  3. What terms are commonly used with learning on the job?
  4. What are some examples of technical occupations where learning on the job is important?
  5. What is self-directed learning? Formal training? Informal training?
  6. What are the five steps of learning on the job?
    F1. How should you ANTICIPATE?
    F2. What’s your TARGET?
    F3. What’s your PLAN?
    F4. How will you LEARN?
    F5. What does it mean to KEEP CURRENT?
  7. How can you learn from your experience on the job?
  8. Isn’t learning from experience just learning from your mistakes?
  9. Why do some people seem to have trouble learning from experience?
  10. What about work habits?
  11. What is cross training?
  12. What is the standard operating procedure and job aid for apprenticeship-type training?
  13. What is your attitude toward learning on the job?
  14. What have you learned?
  15. How should you declare your competence in learning on the job?
  16. How can you continue to learn more on the job?

Every occupation/career is laden with words that have precise meanings and become a technical language of terms, nomenclature, phrases, acronyms, vernacular, symbols, lingo, and jargon. In order to perform successfully in a chosen career/occupation, the glossary must be learned. Pertinent terms of this lesson are:

  • 70-20-10 ratio
  • andragogy
  • apprenticeship
  • competency
  • formal training
  • generic skill
  • incrementalize
  • informal training
  • learning on the job
  • learning plan
  • mastery
  • OJT
  • on-the-job training
  • portfolio
  • preceptorship
  • residency
  • retraining
  • self-directed learning
  • skill obsolescence
  • technical competency
  • technological advances
  • transportable skill
  • work habit

The Measurable Learning Objectives for this lesson are:

Upon completion of this lesson on the occupational competency of Learning on the Job, the learner will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate occupational competence in Learning on the Job.
  2. List two or more reasons why competence In Learning on the Job is important.
  3. Know over 80% of the terms used with the competency.
  4. List three or more examples of the technical occupations that use the competency.
  5. List all five sequential steps in creating a Learning Plan.
  6. Give examples of the three types of experience.
  7. Describe how to change a work habit.
  8. List five or more steps of the standard operating procedure for apprenticeship-type training and describe the job aid
  9. Display a positive attitude toward Learning on the Job.
  10. Create a personal Learning Plan for an occupation/career of choice.