View your goals

Learners can access their goals by going to Performance > Goals in the main navigation.

There are two types of goals:

  • Company Goals: Company goals represent the aims of the organisation as a whole. Typically an administrator or HR manager would create them. They are structured as one or more hierarchical trees, allowing for high-level goals that can be broken down into sub goals. Company goals are visible across the organisation and assigned to individuals or groups to achieve.

  • Personal Goals: Personal goals represent more targeted, specific goals for an individual user to achieve. Personal goals are specific to the individual user they are created for, and do not form part of the overall site-wide hierarchy. Personal goals will be private between the user and their manager.

Permissions to add new goals for the learner will be limited based on the role permissions assigned by the site administrator.

Company goals

Any company goals that the learner has been assigned will be displayed.

Each goal will include:

  • Name: The name of the goal which is also linked to display more information such as the settings and type fields related to the goal.

  • Due: The due date for the goal. Note that the due date is informational only; it does not trigger reminders or notifications.

  • Status: The current status of the goal. Depending on the permissions set for the manager role, this may display either the current status of the goal or a drop down box allowing the manager to update the status. The status options may differ from one goal to the next.

  • Assigned via: A goal can be assigned to a learner based on multiple conditions including their position, organisation, or audience membership. All of the reasons behind this goal assignment will be displayed, including assignments from previous organisations, positions or audiences that the learner is no longer a part of.

The Show details button allows the learner to see more information about the goal, such as the description and any custom fields added as part of the goal type.

The View Goal Frameworks link gives learners view-only access to the Goal Frameworks page. There, the manager can view the structure of the goals, details that have been entered for them, as well as review the goal scales that have been set up.

Assign a company goal

A goal can be assigned following these steps:

  1. Click the Add company goal button.
  2. Select a goal or number of goals by clicking on each one. 
  3. When the goals appear in the Items to add column, click the Save button. 

To remove an item from the Items to add column, hover the mouse over the item and click the Delete icon that appears.

Assigning company goals

New individually assigned goals will appear with the Assigned via set to Individually by: [Name of user]. The goal status will be set to the default value.

To update the status, click on the Status dropdown and select the new value.

Create a personal goal

Personal goals are created by the learner or manager; they are specific to the individual learner and only visible to the learner and their manager as well as site administrators. Personal goals are created here rather than being selected from an existing list.

To create a personal goal follow these steps:

  1. Click the Add personal goal button.
  2. Complete the settings
  3. Click Save changes when you're done.

The new personal goal will appear in the Personal goals section of the page.

Personal goals

Personal goals can be updated or deleted using the icons under the Edit column. Note that these will only be visible if the user has been assigned permission to take these actions.

Personal goal settings 


Enter a title for the goal that will appear on the learner's My Goals page. 

DescriptionEnter any additional text required to describe the goal.-

Select the scale that will be used to mark the learner's progress on the goal.

Target dateEnter the date by which the goal needs to be achieved. Note that this date does not trigger reminders or notifications; it is informational only.-

The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Goals in Totara Learn.