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How-to video: Set up scales

Watch a tutorial on creating a custom certification scale


We use scales in CompetencyCore to provide more detailed information on a job description. In this video, we’ll show you how to create your own scale and assign it to a certification. 

  • To get started, click the gear icon on the top right of your screen.
  • Expand Features in the Administration menu and click Scales.

We’ll first take a look at the Education scale that’s already set up. It assigned to the Education library type, and has levels ranging from a High School diploma to a PhD.

  • Back on the main Scales page, click Create Scale.
  • Enter a name and select the number of levels.
  • Click Create to open the Edit Scale page.
  • Select Libraries in the Assigned Areas for Use drop-down.
  • Then select the library type where you’ll use this scale.

For this example, we’ll select Certification. You’ll notice that Education is greyed out because you can only select one scale for Education, and the scale we viewed earlier was already assigned to it. But for certification, you can create and use as many scales as needed.

All that’s left to do is name the levels. For this example, we’ll create levels for the Information Technology Infrastructure Library Certification. This starts with a Foundation Level and moves up to a Master Level (Foundation, Practitioner, Intermediate, Expert, Master). Once that’s done, click Save.

For Knowledge, Education, and Languages, you’ll automatically have the option to select a level from the one assigned scale when you add any one of these items to a job description.

Certifications work differently because we allow the flexibility of using a different scale for each certification. Instead of opening a job where you want to use the scale, you’ll need to first open the certification in Libraries. This is where you’ll choose which scale to use. Click the 3-dot icon, select Edit, select the scale, and click Save.

Now you’ll be able to select a level from the assigned scale when you add that certification to a job, just like we did with Education. Scales make it easy to define requirements in more detail so you can build better job descriptions.