Four stages of competence – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is so amazing to see the Unconscious Competence of professionals. I went with a friend to the doctor yesterday and in a matter of 30 minutes she was evaluated and diagnosed. She is taking medicine now and I suspect she will feel better soon. I have been lucky. I have always felt that the doctors who took care of me were competent at their job. I have always gotten better quickly after seeing a doctor.