Using a competency-based approach, CPSC’s accreditation assessment consists of two distinct stages, both comprising several steps. Stage one begins with an assessment of potential candidates against the Core Values identified as essential for serving effectively in areas of conflict. Stage 2 assesses candidates Key Competencies.
Seasoned peace and conflict professionals agree that while Key Competencies can be learned, Core Values – those inherent traits that underlie, motivate, and help predict effective performance – need to be in place from the start as an entry qualification. At issue is not whether candidates have “faulty” or “deficient” values, but rather whether their particular value set is appropriate for the kinds of work being contemplated for peace professionals. Consequently, if Core Values are not identified during rigorous initial screening, candidates are not invited to continue the assessment process.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito”African Proverb