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SFIA - e-CF Collaboration

A detailed comparison and mapping of the e-CF Framework (v3) and SFIA (v6).


As part of SFIA's collaboration programme discussions have been held to look at a closer working relationship with e-CF..

The SFIA Foundation has developed and maintained the globlal IT skills framework since 2000.  This has global reach with a userbase in over 180 countries with many thousands or corporates and individuals registered for licences.  The EU has been working on the e-CF since around 2005.  Both frameworks have similar aims and indeed many similarities, and of course some differences.

In March 2016, many representatives from e-CF met with the SFIA Foundation to discuss addressing major skills issues.  In particular, the e-CF team wanted to know, given the very high costs of maintaining skills frameworks and the challenges to gaining use of such frameworks, how the SFIA Foundation had managed to undertake several major updates since 2000 and generate such a global user base.

At the end of that meeting, unanimously, the e-CF team decided that there should be a programme of work towards merging the two frameworks and the SFIA Foundation agreed that this made sense.  BCS commissioned a report to look at the two frameworks and in the spirit of collaboration:

  • compare the frameworks
  • provide a detailled mapping
  • note similarities and differences
  • discuss possible merging actions

In a follow up workshop to discuss the major points of this report, merging was again discussed and it was noted that as both frameworks were soon to begin their update process that this was an ideal time to make the first steps towards such a merge.

Note: This comparison is based on SFIA 6 and e-CF (V3).

As no further action was taken around merging, this report provided significant input to the enhancement of e-CF (V3) during the e-CF V4 update activities and indeed input to the update of SFIA 7 published June 2018.  All proposed changes to SFIA and all discussions are public domain and readily available.

This report, carried out by on behalf of BCS, is now made available to the SFIA community.  For more information contact .

SFIA - e-CF Comparison & Mapping Report