Abstract Despite vast research about teachers’ competencies, little if any, is known about the relationship between this factor and attitudes towards the profession of teaching among the pre-service and novice teachers. In this study, the relationship between pre-service teachers’ level of competence and their attitudes towards the teaching profession was investigated. For this purpose, a competency measurement observation card and a questionnaire on attitudes were administered to a sample of 41 male and female pre-service teachers from 4 universities in the Gaza strip, Palestine before and after a three-month competency training program. Results showed that the teachers’ competency level correlated strongly with their attitudes before and after training. The paired Samples T-test indicated that the training improved their competencies as well as their attitudes. The findings have implications on teacher education programs to promote both competency and positive attitudes of pre-service teachers. Keywords: Attitudes, competency level, pre-service teacher, teaching profession