What is it about?

Competency-based training (CBT) is gaining support as an effective approach towards developing fully qualified human resources. It plays an important role as a link between organisational training and performance management. How is CBT implemented by civil aviation authorities (CAAs) across Europe? This pilot study examines the feasibility of conducting a larger-scale study on the elements and role of CBT in relation to civil aviation inspectors.

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Why is it important?

Our findings within this qualitative pilot study show that the elements of CBT applied by CAAs in Europe are generally consistent; however, not all the recommended elements are included and applied harmoniously. Thus, a further large-scale study is needed by deploying a mixed-methods research approach. It is important to conduct additional research on this topic because a coherent approach towards implementing CBT management practices of European civil aviation inspectors should lead to harmonisation of their competencies despite the national differences. This will allow for an easier transfer of know-how among CAAs and overcoming the actual differences in skill levels of their essential employees.


The intention behind writing this article was to create an impact in the aviation community by highlighting the importance of training of civil aviation inspectors. It was also a great opportunity for continuous learning under the mentorship of the masterful co-authors. I hope that it will be an inspiration for developing stronger links at various levels: between academic knowledge and practical application in the civil aviation domain, between civil aviation authorities and training providers, and among civil aviation inspectors.

Maja Vaskova Kjulavkovska
CITY College, University of York Europe Campus

With this qualitative pilot study, we succeeded in offering a fine-grained understanding on the role that CBT covers as linkage between organisational training and performance management within the context of eleven European CAAs. Writing this article was a great pleasure because it engaged me and my co-authors to focus on CAAs whose fundamental task is to ensure safety of civil aviation.

Dr. Giovanni Oscar Serafini
CITY College, University of York Europe Campus

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This page is a summary of: Integrating training and performance management of civil aviation inspectors: A pilot study of the mediating role of competency‐based training, International Journal of Training and Development, August 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/ijtd.12234.
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