What are KSAs?
KSAs are knowledge, skills, and abilities which must indispensably be possessed by a worker applying for a particular position so that various associated tasks and roles of that position can be performed with efficiency. KSAs for each position are highlighted / detailed in the official job description for the position and give a fair idea to candidates for a likelihood of success in their applications.
- Knowledge forms the subjects and topics which must be known in, at least general terms, by an employee once he / she starts working on the job. This knowledge in question is represented as such as it may be directly applied to work once a new employee starts working.
- Skills are the proficiencies, general or pertaining to a technicality, which a candidate learns through training. Skills are generally quantifiable and thus measurable.
- Ability is the capacity of a candidate to apply available of acquired knowledge and skills to complete a task or make a descriptive observation of the same.