Crafting Your Organization's Competency-Based Learning Program

Delaney Caulfield

How would a project charter for a competency-based learning program implementation work at my organization?

Implementing a competency-based learning program at your organization may sound like a daunting task with many moving parts. Sure, we all want to have an effective training program that stimulates employees and encourages engagement, but how do you get there? Where do you start?

You could start with the experts in the field. An adept team of learning resource development professionals can take your basic learning material and spin it into highly productive gold. Not only will this team work with you to thoughtfully craft your project charter, but they'll be there from inception to launch (and beyond) of your competency-based learning program.  

How is the project charter developed and implemented?


To begin, consider whether you want to use a template to create the project charter. A template would ensure all fundamental components are included and save resources by not drafting your own. The project charter itself should be heavily detailed with very specific information.  The basic project charter components include:

Charter introduction

As part of the charter introduction, you'll want to include:

  • A brief description of the purpose of the project
  • An outline of the deliverables that will be produced during the implementation
  • A concise summary of the entire charter highlighting main points
  • The project scope detailing what will and will not be included in the implementation, and
  • The signatures of all those with sign-off authority

Project overview

The project overview connects the objectives and goals to the specific anticipated business outcomes. This document includes:

  • Primary and secondary objectives
  • Any assumptions you've identified that aren't backed by evidence
  • Constraints that may limit the project
  • Possible risks that may affect the development and implementation of the program
  • Boundaries you foresee with implementation
  • Significant project milestones
  • Project time frames
  • A breakdown of costs and estimated sources of funding, and
  • Any dependencies you've identified

Project organization


The project organization section specifies the governance structure of the project team along with the roles and responsibilities of team members that influence the project, any facilities or resources that are needed for implementation and document change controls.

The project charter may go through several revisions throughout the life cycle of implementation. The charter author, likely the project manager, must approve any proposed changes and update the project's schedule, budget, resources and any other details affected accordingly.

This is the second article in a three-part series covering Chapter 4 of our Skilling Up textbook. To access other articles in this series, please navigate below.

Article 1 - Project Charter 101: Crafting Success for Learning Programs

Article 3 - Elevate Your Training Strategy With SkillBuilder® LMS

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Delaney Caulfield

Delaney graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Cultural Studies. After working in an assortment of industries, she spent nearly a decade sharpening her writing and editing skills in the fast-paced field of journalism. Now she works as an Instructional Designer with BaseCorp where she enjoys flexing her passion for learning and creativity.