Federal Human Resources
Course Name: Qualifications Analysis
Credits: CEUs: 1.6

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Who Should Attend

This course is open to anyone interested in acquiring a better understanding of Federal qualifications analysis, its processes, and the relevant policies and procedures. If necessary, the course can be tailored to meet the needs of HR practitioners and/or HR assistants and non-HR personnel (i.e., tailored from introductory to intermediate/refresher level).

This course will prepare Federal HR professionals and others to analyze jobs and their requirements for a number of occupations.  Students will also learn to apply the legal and regulatory requirements of the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook to these occupations. 

Course Objectives

  • ·         Overview of conducting job analyses

  • Determine whether applicants meet eligibility requirements
  • Hands-on practice conducting an effective job analysis, consistent with legal and regulatory requirements, that identifies the major duties of a position
  • Developing assessment plans for merit promotion
  • Overview of Category Rating and development of crediting plans using the Category Rating methodology
  • Assess both general and specialized experience
  • Identify and evaluate positive education requirements
  • Differentiate between general and specialized experience
  • Evaluate education as a substitute for experience
  • Practice determining whether applicants meet eligibility and minimum qualification requirements
  • Experience assessing eligibility for a variety of occupational series, both under merit promotion and DEU
  • Overview of time-in-grade restriction under merit promotion

Course Agenda

Section 1      Basis for Qualifications and Qualifications References

Section 2      Crediting Experience   

Section 3      Crediting Education

Section 4      Crediting Combinations of Education & Experience   

Section 5     Selective and Quality Ranking Factors

Section 6     Structure of Group Qualification Standards    

Section 7     Inservice Placement Provisions             

Section 8     Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Section 9     Federal Wage System Qualifications 

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