National competency standards play an important and increasing role in the skills development and recognition in the Asia-Pacific region, as they do in many other parts of the world. They are a guide to the range of skills and knowledge required for a whole industry. Competency standards can be flexibly combined into jobs and occupations. They are the common basis for training programmes, skills assessment and certification in many countries. The ILO has developed, in consultation with employers, governments and workers, the Regional Model Competency Standard (RMCS) in identify priority areas and in a simplified format. The RMCS will benefit those countries that are in the process of developing standards or reviewing existing national standards in light of similar standards available in the region.