Competency Management

FIS takes a lead role in the sector developing. aligning and measureing competency requirements for all roles, tasks and businesses in the sector.

FIS Competency Framework (SKEB)

The FIS Skills and Competence strategy is built on the SKEB Framework, measuring competency through a focus on Skills, Knowledge, Experience, Behaviours:

Skills: The practical application of knowledge learnt through on and/or off-the-job training.
Knowledge: The information, technical knowledge, and ‘know-how’ the individual needs to successfully carry out their duties.
Experience: The enhanced knowledge or skill acquired through practical experience.
Behaviours: The mindset or approach required for competence, across the entire occupation.

A structured competency framework looks at individual competence within an operational framework to ensure individuals have the right attributes and support.

Sector Guide - Competency Management Plans

This guide suggests the requirements for creating a Competency Management Plan (CMP) for organisations working in the finishes and interiors sector of the construction industry. It is intended to provide examples and signposts to available information and assist organisations in improving quality and safety and ensuring that they meet the requirements of legislation and avoid any enforcement penalties*.

Non-members can request a copy by contacting us here

Competency Frameworks Published to support the Finishes and Interiors Sector

A number of competency Frameworks have been published to support the Finishes and Interiors Sector:

Further pathways are currently being developed through the work of the FIS Skills Board and core FIS Working Groups. Email for more details

Competency Passport

The need to demonstrate competency has come to the fore following the Building Safety Act becoming law. Within the  Act, the documentation of competence requirements apply to all building works and are directly linked to the following two areas.
  • Principal Designer (including the Design team)
  • Principal Contractor (including the Contractor team)

FIS has partnered with MyProPass to provide a tool for FIS members to issue, access and manage competency data for their workforce and provide individuals with a Competency Passport to demonstrate their training and achievement history.

FIS STEPs Vocational Knowledge Programme for Drylining

This specialised e-learning programme has been designed to support baseline competence for apprentices and those working towards Vocational Qualifications (VQs) in Drylining.  This course helps candidates with the Knowledge Requirements for the VQ and Apprenticeship and was developed with CITB support and subsidised through the FIS to reduce costs to FIS Members and Accredited Training Providers.  It has been aligned to the Apprenticeship Syllabus and allows for progress to be monitored by both the candidate and their mentor.

Careers and Competency Pathways in the Finishes and Interiors Sector

The FIS Careers and Competency Pathways help to map qualifications and training to the various stage of progress within the core trades from inductees through to supervisors.

You can download an example template for the Career and Competency Pathway for:

Further pathways are currently being developed through the work of the FIS Skills Board and core FIS Working Groups. Email for more details

FIS have a dedicated team to support your training needs and competency plans

For advice on process or funding for getting yourself or your workforce qualified view our Skills and Funding page contact the FIS Team on 0121 707 0077 or email