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May 25, 2011

Weekly Wednesday Acronym – KSAs

If you have spent any time working on job descriptions, most likely you have run across the term “KSAs”.  Individual KSAs are demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or training and are defined as:

  • Knowledge – an organized body of information, usually factual or procedural in nature.  Often, knowledge may be specified at different levels, such as basic knowledge, working knowledge, and thorough knowledge.
  • Skill – the proficient manual, verbal, or mental manipulation of data or things. For example, having a skill of Active Listening – giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times – would be a skill requirement for a Teller position.
  • Ability – the power or capacity to perform an activity or task.   Abilities are sometimes the most difficult to define as they are somewhat subjective, referring to enduring attributes of an individual that may affect performance.  An example of an ability requirement for an Accountant would be Mathematical Reasoning — the ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

KSAs are an important piece of a job description as they define the standards to perform the job at an expected level.  They are also used in evaluating and determining the salary grade of positions. 

Did you know HRN has a complete library of job descriptions?  For more information, contact your HRN Client Service Specialist.

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