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Competence Development

Since the 1980s, competence and competence development have been intensively used but also ambiguously occupied terms.Competence as the always temporary result of competence development on the individual learner and his or her ability to act independently in private, professional and social situations.

Competences include abilities, knowledge, skills, knowledge, attitudes and values, the acquisition, development and use of which relate to the entire lifetime of a person.

Professional competences comprise abilities, knowledge, skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that enable the comprehensive professional, social and personal action of the individual in a professionally organised work.

Competence development is guided by the subject, his or her abilities and interests in an action-oriented manner depending on the respective social conditions. The development of competences takes place through lifelong individual learning and development processes and different forms of learning in the working and living environment. Competence development is an active process that is largely shaped by individuals themselves and requires a high degree of reflective and self-directed learning. 

What are competences?

Here you can find a simple model for the definition of competences:

Competences are a product of Skills, Knowledge, Ambition, Talent, Experience - S*K*A*T*E= Competence

The SKATE-Modell was developed by  Dr. Claas Triebel  and is based on the factors of the so-called SKATE competence.


The area "Skills" evaluates your independence and your abilities in relation to practical things. The main focus is on how well you master situations without guidance or whether you are able to pass on your skills to others or enable them to do so.

The main issue here is knowledge. How much knowledge do you have in your field and how confident are you in applying your knowledge?

Two particularly important factors are the motivation and ambition behind what you do. These contribute significantly to your success and are therefore also one of the core competences you should have as a founder.

Even if this point will cause some people to wonder, your talent plays a big role. Your talents help you to be better than others in certain situations or matters or to do things more easily.

Your experiences shape you. Accordingly, this factor is an important cornerstone for your further development and, above all, your starting position. If you already have a lot of experience, this can be an advantage and make it easier for you to start your own business.

Courses in the field of competence development

Competence Development Part I

This course introduces the topic of "competence development".

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Competence Development Part II

This course introduces the topic of "competence development".

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