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.


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).

DACUM 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 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 our other programs to conduct task verification surveys and task analysis workshops.  The services are a-la-carte and are customized to the client’s needs.  Contact John Moser for more details.

Program Team