Frequently Asked Questions

Core Competencies

1.    For whom are the Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines written?

2.    Who wrote the Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines?

3.    Why are judges included?

4.    What are the ten Core Competencies?

5.    What are Curriculum Guidelines?

6.    What are Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)?

7.    Run that by me again.  How are the Core Competencies structured?

8.    How do I use the Core Competencies?

9.    What do you mean by self-assessment?

10.   Where can I go to get Educational Curricula or help developing them?

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CORE COMPETENCIES

1.    For whom are the Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines written?

The Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines (CCCG) are written for judges, court managers, administrators and their staff, who are responsible for day-to-day court operations. 

2.    Who wrote the Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines?

The National Association for Court Management and their Professional Development Advisory Committee (NACM-PDAC) are responsible for the development and creation of the Core Competency Curriculum Guidelines.  The narrative describing each Core Competency was written by subject experts and practitioners chosen by the NACM-PDAC; but you wrote the basis for them.  Judges, court managers, administrators and their staff from courts across the country told us what are the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities they need to do their jobs.  For a more complete description of the development of the Core Competencies click on Overview.

3.    Why are judges included?

Judges have primary responsibility for courts and court operations.  "Presiding and administrative" judges have formal responsibility for court operations.  Trial and appellate judges have assumed responsibility for their case dockets, staff, and related administration.

4.    What are the ten Core Competencies?

The ten Core Competencies are ten basic areas of knowledge, skills and abilities that judges, court managers and administrators and their staff should know and be able to do:

5.    What are Curriculum Guidelines?

Curriculum Guidelines are categories of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities within each Core Competency that are structured to facilitate curriculum development, or that are based on curriculum that have been previously developed.

6.    What are Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)?

KSAs are the kernels of what judges, court managers and administrators and their staff should know.

7.    Run that by me again.  How are the Core Competencies structured?

Let's use the Leadership Core Competency as an example.  It has five Curriculum Guidelines and multiple KSAs within each Curriculum Guideline:

8.    How do I use the Core Competencies?

The Core Competencies are primarily designed for self assessment by individuals and collective self-assessment by courts and court and professional organizations; and to provide a structure for curriculum development to provide training and education to courts and to court and professional organizations.

9.    What do you mean by self-assessment?

To date, many court professionals and educators have already used the Core Competencies in courts and court organizations, typically using assessment forms that allow each user to rank their Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

10.   Where can I go to get Educational Curricula or help developing them?

Click on the Education webpage.

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