Wageningen Graduate School Courses

Below you can find a list of competences, skills and career oriented courses which are organised by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) in which the 7 Graduate Schools of Wageningen University (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS and WIMEK) are formally organised. All courses are intended for PhDs and post-docs, except the courses Professional in Supervision and Effective Leadership Styles which are intended for staff supervising WU PhD candidates. Please click on the course name for more information about the course and dates at which the course is given.

Competence Assessment (CA)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Coordinator  
3 February (personal meeting 17, 18 or 19 Feb) 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Jorika Peterse Apply
personal meeting takes about 1.15 hr  
31 March (personal meeting 2, 3 or 4 June) 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Jorika Peterse Apply
personal meeting takes about 1.15 hr  
1 September (personal meeting 15, 16 and 17 September) 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Jorika Peterse Apply
personal meeting takes about 1.15 hr  
20 October (personal meeting 3, 4 and 5 Nov) 9:30 AM 11:00 AM Jorika Peterse Apply
personal meeting takes about 1.15 hr  

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 required, WGS offers PhD candidates the possibility to do a PhD competence assessment. The assessment will focus on competences such as organising capacity, analytical thinking, collaboration and personal characteristics. The assessment is not mandatory but we do strongly urge PhD candidates to participate, as it is a means through which PhD candidates can improve their competences and skills and get the most out of their PhD training. It is not an evaluation of the candidate by supervisors.

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 follow a more tailor-made training programme related to the areas that need attention
  • Aims at providing more insights to the supervisors on how the candidate is best supervised (in case PhD candidate imposes no objection)

General Information

Target Group: The assessment is primarily meant for PhD candidates at the beginning of their PhD assignment
Group size: Morning session max. 24 participants
Course duration: One morning session (9.30 – 11.00 hr), afterwards a personal meeting with an assessment consultant of 1.15 hour
Language: Assessments tests are optional in English or Dutch
Credit points: 0,3 ECTS
Self-study hours 0
consultants Nora Lubsen, René Maas
Venue: Atlas room 1 



The assessment will be performed by  Maas Organisation & Career Development (Amersfoort) and encompasses the following components:

  • One morning session in which several tests are done (non-verbal abstraction and personality tests).
  • One test is digital (you will receive this test by email after the morning session).
  • The consultant will sent some striking results of the test and matching questions before the interview. In that way, the candidate can prepare itself on the personal meeting.  
  • Two weeks later a personal meeting of 1 hour and 15 minutes with a consultant.
  • Within two weeks after the personal meeting, the consultant will send a first version of the assessment report, including possible recommendations, to the participant by email.
  • After receiving this first version the participants will get one week time to communicate with the assessment consultant on the outcome of the report in order to reach clarity and ensure understanding of its content. This can be done by mail or phone. If necessary, the assessment consultant will adjust the report afterwards and prepare the final version of the report. If the participant doesn’t react within one week, the final report will be the same as the first version.
  • The final version of the assessment report (a signed PDF file) will be sent to the participant by email.
  • Within one month after the personal meeting all participants will have received the final version of the assessment report.

Who will receive the assessment report?
First of all the participant will receive a final version of the report by email from  Maas Organisation & Career Development.
Maas will also send the final version of the assessment report to Jorika Peterse of Wageningen Graduate Schools. With consent of the PhD, she will send a copy of the report to the PhD coordinator of the graduate school. Obviously, the graduate school will treat the assessment report strictly confidential. The sole purpose of the graduate school receiving a copy is that the PhD coordinator has insight in potential issues which accordingly can be addressed in consultation with the PhD candidate. If the candidate objects to sending the report to the coordinator, the candidate can inform Jorika Peterse about this in the information sheet that is sent to the participants upon registration.

The assessment report will NEVER be sent to the supervisor of the candidate for reasons of confidentiality. However, we strongly recommend candidates to share the outcome of their report with their supervisor as it provides insight on how the candidate can be best supervised. In fact the report contains also recommendations for the supervisor.


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) and postdocs of Wageningen University that are registered at one of the graduate schools of Wageningen (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 €100 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.

€ 100,-

Full fee: All other PhD candidates / post-docs and staff of Wageningen University

€ 410,-
Extended fee: All other participants € 820,-

Cancellation condition

Until four weeks before the start of the course, you can cancel free of charge. After this date you will be charged with the “Full Fee”. 

Exemption of payment:

  • When there is a replacement (who you can propose, in this case please inform the course coordinator) you will only be charged with €100.
  • For PhD’s and post-docs of Wageningen University: 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 the supervisor/superior is required.

Note: When you do not have a valid reason to cancel or do not show up at courses that are free of charge you will be charged with €100.


For more information please contact Jorika.Peterse@wur.nl