DACUM International Training Center


This video provides an overview of the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) philosophy. 


DACUM (an acronym for Developing a Curriculum) is an effective and relatively low-cost method of analyzing jobs and occupations used worldwide for more than 40 years and in over 58 countries through our DACUM International Training Center. This unique process offers components that successfully support job and occupational analysis for organizations, including community colleges, companies, government agencies and professional organizations.

To meet the evolving needs of organizations, agencies, and colleges, we have reimagined our face-to-face Institute  and new DACUM Virtual Institute, providing the same high-quality training through both synchronous and asynchronous online sessions over 12-13 weeks.


Some of the DACUM uses include:

  • developing and updating competency-based curricula and training programs
  • preparing certifications/licensing for professions
  • creating performance assessments/testing
  • providing career advising and counseling
  • creating HR/organization development tools such as job descriptions, job-specific performance appraisals, and standard operating procedures

DACUM’s process involves panel of expert workers and a skilled facilitator working together to precisely identify the duties and tasks performed in a job or occupation. The panel of experts collectively and cooperatively describe the job or occupational tasks in the language that those within their industry can understand and embrace. The duties and tasks (sometimes called competencies) become the foundation of competency-based training programs by identifying what must be taught to the worker or student.

Besides analyzing a job or occupation, DACUM can also be used to analyze a process, specific functions that cut across multiple jobs, and even jobs that are just emerging and may be somewhat conceptual starting out. It is a versatile process which can be adapted to meet numerous organizational needs.

DACUM clients

Company Clients
American Electric Power, Amtrak, AT&T, Boeing, Caterpillar, E&J Gallo Winery, FedEx Ground, General Mills, General Motors, Honda of America, Kroger, L Brands, Marathon Petroleum, Mars, Inc., Merck Pharmaceuticals, Alexion, Nationwide Financial, Sobeys (Canada), Arcelormittal Dofasco (Canada), Freeport McMoRan, Kenya Pipeline, Kuwait National Petroleum Company.

Community College Clients
Century College, Central New Mexico College, Coast Community College District, Columbus State Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, Green River Community College, Houston Community College, Lake Land College, Laney College, Lansing Community College, Los Angeles Technical Trade College, Metropolitan Community College, Ohio State University, South Seattle Community College, Tarrant County College, Tidewater Community College, Valencia Community College, Western Iowa Technical Community College.

Government Agency Clients
NASA, IRS, FDA, Department of Homeland Security, United Space Alliance, Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Public Safety, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT), Columbus Division of Fire.

Professional Organization Clients
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Association of Controls Professionals (ACP), Certified Financial Planners (CFP), Electrical Industries Certification Association (EICA), International Coach Federation (ICF), Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).


The DACUM project team recognizes that with diversity comes strength. To that end, the DACUM project team has taken steps to engage in practices that foster inclusivity and representation in our training activities, job analysis work, and relationships with clients and stakeholders. 

All DACUM project members are actively participating in the Getting REDI curriculum, the Critical Allies Groups, and making progress towards the goals identified in their REDI Individual Learning Plan.

Representation matters and the DACUM Virtual Institute development team was highly mindful of this fact; creating content using inclusive language, imagery, and scenarios that are representative of not only the diverse community of DACUM participants (both at home and internationally) but the multifaced make-up of the American population as well. 

Moving forward, DACUM hopes to further incorporate the lessons learned through the REDI journey by identifying strategies for the recruitment of diverse panels of subject matter experts and providing guidance to DACUM clients on best-practices for bringing a diverse representation of expert workers to the table.

DACUM Face-to-Face Institutes

Our DACUM Institute teaches you how to facilitate the DACUM process within your own organization. Many organizations train two or more people so they can co-facilitate the process and maximize their effectiveness

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DACUM Resources

DACUM Resources DACUM and SCID use a variety of resources. Following are examples of charts processes, and overviews you can access to

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Face-to-Face and Virtual DACUM Workshops

The DACUM International Training Center can conduct an on-site DACUM workshop for your company, college or organization if you don’t have a trained facilitator to conduct it yourself. Our experienced facilitators can provide you an expert analysis of your job, occupation, process or function

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Our DACUM International Training Center also collaborates with the center’s programs to provide consultation. This includes on-site follow-up, Task Analysis workshops, additional supports/consulting – verification assistance with the Assessment Program,  custom Curriculum & Training consultation, and support. The services are a-la-carte and are customized to the client’s needs.  Contact John Moser for more details.

Program Team