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Dacum International Training Center

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 CETE’s 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 is a very effective process in which a panel of expert workers and a skilled facilitator work 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.

A partial list of users of the DACUM process in various settings include:

Selected Company Clients

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

Selected 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

Selected 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

Selected Professional Organization Clients

American Academy of Orthopedic 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)

Our Training Services

CETE's DACUM team promotes workforce development by offering training in two programs—our DACUM Institute, and our follow-on program called SCID (Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Development).

Our five-day DACUM Institute is unique in that it provides a hands-on opportunity for participants to facilitate a real workshop with our support. Our five-day SCID workshop picks up where DACUM leaves off and teaches participants how to develop the actual competency-based curriculum around the competencies identified using DACUM.

Our Curriculum Services

CETE’s DACUM team can also conduct on-site two-day DACUM workshops for you if you don’t want to be trained to do it yourself or if want to take advantage of our experience and expertise with the process. We also assist clients with other curriculum development services such as conducting task verification surveys, conducting task analysis sessions, or developing learning guides and other competency-based learning materials.