PRIMA's Core Competencies were developed in 2004 as a roadmap for the public risk profession. Like a roadmap, the Core Competencies must undergo occasional revision in order to reflect changes and provide proper guidance. In 2008, PRIMA undertook such a revision of the Core Competencies to ensure their relevance and applicability to the day-to-day duties of risk managers.
The purpose of the PRIMA Core Competencies is to establish the essential knowledge, skills and abilities that constitute effective public risk management practice. It is not the intention of this document to serve as a risk management performance standard per se, though obviously it could serve as a platform from which standards may arise. However, it is very much the intent of PRIMA that the Core Competencies will serve to guide the development of educational programming within the Association.