I'm sure that many have used the "Grand Father" practice of qualifying senior, experienced personnel as competent. One example I saw was to use a date. "Employees hired before this date, are considered competent to perform their tasks". Well, something like that. What method(s) would you suggest when we have Engineers who will need 2-3-4 years before they are fully capable of assuming control of a project. Some of these people were hired a year ago, so a date may complicate things. We also have veteran Project Engineers, Designers and Application Engineers who will be "Grand Fathered" based upon established skill sets. All suggestions are welcome!