PhD Competence Assessment (online training)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator    
2023 - This (online) course is individually based.
PLEASE NOTE: Right after your registration you will receive instructions by mail on how to schedule your personal assessment. Please schedule your appointment in 2023 as soon as possible to secure your spot.
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Course description

Obtaining a PhD degree demands a variety of skills, competences and qualities of the PhD candidate. Besides organising numerous courses and trainings to strengthen the competences and skills, WGS offers a PhD competence assessment. The assessment focuses on competences relevant in science such as organising capacity, analytical thinking, collaboration and personal characteristics. We recommend PhD candidates to participate, as it is a means through which PhD candidates can identify potential pitfalls while doing their PhD, how to tackle these and how to improve their competences and skills to get the most out of their PhD training. Note that this is not an judgemental evaluation of the candidate.

This assessment:

  • Gives PhD candidates insight in their personal strengths and pitfalls with respect to fulfil the requirements set to obtain a PhD degree in the given 4-year period
  • Gives insight in the opportunities to overcome the pitfalls
  • Allows PhD candidates to formulate a more tailor-made training programme related to the areas that need attention
  • The PhD candidate is advised to share the assessment report with the supervisor(s) as it can support them in giving appropriate supervision

General Information

Target Group: The assessment is primarily meant for PhD candidates at the beginning of their PhD assignment
Group size: Individual
Course duration: Online tests which the candidate has to fill in by his- or herself, followed by a personal meeting with an assessment consultant of 1,5 hour
Language: Assessments tests are optional in English or Dutch
Credit points: 0,3 ECTS (you may use the front page of the assessment made as proof of participation, this then is also your certificate)
Self-study hours: 0
consultants: Jessica Tummers (Meijer en Meijaard)
Venue: Online or when needed at Meijer en Meijaard, Agro Businesspark 54 room 1.09, Wageningen. 


After registration you will receive a confirmation email including instructions on how to schedule your online personality test and a competence test yourself. Please schedule as soon as possible to secure your spot. 

Within two weeks after completing the questionnaires you will be invited for a personal meeting of 1.5 hours. You will receive a test report before the meeting. After the personal meeting you will receive a final report with conclusions and recommendation. The assessment report will ONLY be send to the candidate for reasons of confidentiality. However, it is beneficial for candidates to share the outcome of their report with their supervisor(s) as it provides insight on how the candidate can be best supervised. In fact the report contains also recommendations for the supervisor.


1) Reduced fee: PhD candidates of Wageningen University who are in the first two years of their PhD study with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK).
PhD candidates who are in the third or fourth year and are a member of one of the above mentioned graduate schools can participate for €110 if they have a valid reason for participating in the assessment. This reason must be confirmed by the education coordinator of the graduate school the participant belongs to.

€ 115,-

University fee: All other PhD candidates

€ 575,-


Cancellation condition:

Before making the tests, cancellation fee is free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the University fee (€ 575,-). 
Note: When you have a valid reason (circumstances beyond your control) to cancel, you will be charged the reduced fee. In this case a written statement of your supervisor/superior is required.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us. Someone else may still be able to take your spot.


When the course is full, do not worry, more spots will become available during this year.

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