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The European e-Competence Framework



The e-Competence Framework, is a tool to describe the skills of professionals in ICT-related roles.The e-CF is a reference for job and role descriptions, skill development, training and education.The framework has been developed by a large number of European ICT and  HR experts in the context of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills.The European e-Competence Framework is structured from four dimensions. These dimensions reflect different levels of business and human resource planning requirements in addition to job/ work proficiency guidelines.


The four dimensions of the e-CF are specified as follows:

The 40 e-competencies of the e-CF

Click on the competency code in the list for the full description.

Dimension 1
e-competence area
Dimension 2
e-Competence: Title + generic description
E.4 Relationship Management
Establishes and maintains positive business relationships between the client and provider (internal or external) deploying and complying with organisational processes. Maintains regular communication with client/ partner/ supplier, and addresses needs through empathy with their environment and managing supply chain communications. Ensures that client/ partner/ supplier needs, concerns or complaints are understood and addressed in accordance with organisational policy.
Dimension 3
e-Competence proficiency levels (on e-CF levels e-1 to e-5, related to EQF levels 3 to 8
Level 2
Positively interacts with clients.

Level 3
Accounts for own and others actions in managing a limited client base.

Level 4
Provides leadership for large or many client relationships. Authorises investment in new and existing relationships. Leads the design of a workable procedure for maintaining positive business relationships.

Dimension 4
Knowledge examples Knows/ Aware of/ Familiar with:
- K1 client or internal organisation processes including, decision making, budgets and management structure
- K2 client business objectives
- K3 own organisation business objectives
- K4 how to measure and apply resources to meet customer requirements
- K5 customer business challenges and risks
Skills examples Able to:
- S1 deploy empathy to customer needs
- S2 identify potential win win opportunities for client and own organisation
- S3 establish realistic expectations to support development of mutual trust
- S4 monitor ongoing commitments to ensure fulfilment
- S5 communicate good and bad news to avoid surprises

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