Federal Human Resources

Federal Staffing and Placement

CPEs: 21|CEUs: 2.1
Classroom, Virtual

Who Should Attend

Human resources specialists, human resources assistants, and others, such as supervisors, managers, EEO professionals, and other office personnel who need to understand and apply current Federal staffing procedures and regulations. 

Course Objectives and Agenda

Course Objectives

  • How to apply OPM policies and instructions to the staffing and placement process.
  • Identify competitive and non-competitive appointing authorities.
  • Research and utilize various legal and regulatory resources and reference materials.
  • Learn the skills needed to accurately evaluate, rate, and rank job applicants for Civil Service positions.
  • Apply merit promotion and other in-service procedures specific to the Federal Government employment system, including prohibited personnel practices, public notice requirements, and competitive vs. excepted service.
  • Review the history and purpose of the merit system.
  • Evaluate an applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to each job announcement.
  • Determine minimum qualifications for job applicants using OPM’s Qualification Standards for GS Positions.
  • Apply the concepts of time-in-grade, competitive appointments, and rule of three.
  • Conduct a job analysis and category rating procedures.
  • Understand the Veteran’s Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and how to determine Veterans Preference for job applicants.
  • Develop innovative and diverse recruitment solutions to meet your agency’s recruiting challenges.
  • Understand how you can help agency managers recruit and retain highly skilled and talented staff members.
  • Explain the basic concepts and techniques used in reduction in force/downsizing.
  • Learn how USA JOBS and Quick Hire help and hinder HR professionals.
  • Understand new OPM initiatives, such as Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) and Human Resources Line of Business (HR LOB).
Course Agenda


      - High-Level Overview
      - Participant Expectations

    Researching Legal and Regulatory Requirements

     - Helpful Resources
     - Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Requirements

    Employment Policies and Practices

     - Overview
     - Merit System Principles
     - Prohibited Personnel Practices
     - Public Notice Requirements
     - Competitive vs. Excepted Service
     - Principle Authorities and Procedures

   Employment Policies and Practices -- Continued

     - Delegated Examining System
     - Order of Referral in Competitive Examining
     - Completing the Certificate for Referral to the Hiring Official
     - Category Rating Procedures
     - The Rule of Three (Working a Certificate of Eligibles)
     - The Career Conditional Employment System
     - Service Requirement for Career Tenure
     - Completion of Probationary Period
     - Reinstatement Eligibility
     - NTE Employment

    Merit Promotion Placement Actions

     - Agency Promotion Programs
     - Covered Personnel Actions


     - Glossary of Terms
     - Utilizing Qualification Standards
     - Crediting Experience
     - Crediting Education
     - Combining Education and Experience
     - Eligibility Requirements
     - Time-In-Grade Restrictions

  Job Analysis

     - Glossary of Terms
     - Laws and Regulations
     - Regulatory Requirements
     - Completing the Job Analysis
     - Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) for Evaluation


     - The Role of the Staffing Specialist
     - College Recruitment
     - Interviewing Techniques
     - Automated Recruitment Systems

Why You Should Attend

In this introductory course, our expert instructor will help to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to recruit, hire, and retain skilled professionals for Federal Government jobs. You will receive valuable information about the programs and regulations necessary to operate in today’s personnel staffing environment. You will learn about applying for and working for the Federal Government, as well as specifics about the competitive service system. In addition, you will learn about the challenges to recruiting in today’s competitive job environment, as well as acquire the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and rate Federal job applications.

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Aug 6 - 8, 2024
9am-4pm ET
Class ID: 10004646
Sep 10 - 12, 2024
9am-4pm ET
Class ID: 10004647
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