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Competencies are the foundation of training and developing project and program managers. Regularly reviewing and assessing competencies will help determine where skill gaps exist and need to be addressed.

NASA APPEL Knowledge Services developed the Project Management and Systems Engineering Competency Model to support the professional development of NASA’s technical workforce.

The model outlines distinct competency areas for project managers and systems engineers, as well as shared competencies that encompass both disciplines. There are 18 separate project management competencies and 17 systems engineering competencies, which are categorized into 3 overall areas. The 14 shared competencies, common to both project management and systems engineers, are categorized into 5 general areas.

Click through the interactive graphic to view competency definitions and the courses that support each competency. We encourage you to use this model to better understand the skills and abilities that are considered drivers of success at NASA in order to help guide you in your development.

To learn more about courses and how to register, visit the Course Catalog.

To determine which courses and activities will enhance competencies in your current positions and support future development aspirations, visit the PM&SE Career Development Framework.