Developing Skill Standard: Theory Occupational Analysis

Most professionals understand the importance of occupational analysis but often lack the understanding of how to actually carry them out in practice. This program provides participants with a greater awareness of the detailed activities and the way they are used together to develop occupational skills standards. DACUM is well known for its effectiveness in bringing together subject-matter experts to identify the duties, tasks, and related information about an occupation. The Workshop will demonstrate how to conduct an occupational analysis using the DACUM technique and create an informed workforce-planning.

Target Participants

Directors, Executives, Senior/ Middle Managers, Department Heads, HR/TEVT professionals, and Curriculum Designers.

Delivery Methods

Participants Will Learn

By the end of the workshop
  • Describe work analysis and its key terms,
  • Describe the underlying structure of jobs and occupations,
  • Describe the phases of conducting a job analysis and an occupational analysis,
  • Describe the information that results from using these related techniques,
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a modified DACUM approach to conduct a job analysis or an occupational analysis, and
  • Demonstrate how to use information from these techniques for designing training and education programs.


Ronald Jacobs, Ph.D., Professor of Human Resource Development, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and Principal of RL Jacobs & Associates, a global consulting firm. Professor Jacobs has written over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has authored or edited six books that address a range of topics in human resource and workforce development. Professor Jacobs has extensive experience in working with government ministries and organizations, related to addressing human resource and workforce development issues.

His recent books include "Structured On-the-Job Training" and "Work Analysis in the Knowledge Economy".

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