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The Default Competence Length is the length of time that HOPS will suggest the competence is valid for when it is first entered.
If it is set to 2 years, for a competence entered today it will suggest that the expiry date for the competence is two years from today.

In a department where competences are valid for two years, if anyone manages to go more than two years without their competence being updated (ie, doing their rules) their competence will expire.
The expiry date can normally be changed to anything, the 'default' is only... the default! However, in the department settings it is possible to allow or disallow deviations from the default competence length.

HOPS is continually being developed and updated. Sometimes the screen shots in these help files might lag behind the most up-to-date views of the screens. Generally, however, the functionality of the page will be the same, albeit with a slightly different format or layout.

Thank you very much indeed to Emma Patrick for writing these support pages.