Qualifications Analysis (STAF7023 & STAF7024)

Qualifications Analysis

Qualifications Analysis


Evaluate applicants for federal jobs by applying eligibility and qualifications requirements found in OPM's Qualifications Standards, including basic eligibility, minimum qualification requirements, specialized experience requirements, positive education requirements, and the substitution of education for experience. This course is part of the Certificates of Accomplishment in Human Resources Management.

Who Should Attend?

HR practitioners and others who are involved in the federal recruitment, staffing and/or placement processes.




1.8 CEU's 

Class Type: 

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the staffing process and the role of qualifications analysis within it
  • Understand the purpose of the qualifications process and its historical evolution
  • Assess both general and specialized experience
  • Evaluate experience and education using the General Policies
  • Combine experience and education through proper analytic procedures to determine minimum qualifications
  • Understand the purpose and requirements for selective placement factors and quality ranking factors
  • Explain in-service placement provisions as they are similar to and differ from outplacement provisions
  • Apply legal and regulatory requirements in making eligibility determinations
  • Assess the minimum qualifications and the eligibility of a job applicant

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Module 1 - Basis for Qualifications and Qualifications References


  • The Federal Staffing Process
  • Historical Perspective
  • Statutory, Regulatory, and Policy References
  • Qualifications Analysis Tools

Module 2 - Structure of OPM’s Qualifications Website

  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Structure of the Qualifications Standards

Module 3 - Crediting Experience

  • Types of Experience
  • Crediting Experience
  • Crediting Concurrent Experience and/or Education
  • Crediting Teaching Experience for Non-Teaching Positions
  • Work Study Experience for Initial Appointment
  • Military Experience
  • One-Year Specialized Experience Provision

Module 4 - Crediting Education

  • Position Education Requirements
  • Types of Educational Institutions and Crediting
  • Relation of Education to Grade Level

Module 5 - Combining Experience and Education

  • General Principle
  • Combining Education and Experience in Group Coverage Standards

Module 6 Selective and Quality Ranking Factors

  • Selective Factors
  • Quality Ranking Factors

Module 7 - In-Service Placement Provisions

  • General Provisions for In-Service Placement
  • Modification and Waiver of Qualification Standards
  • Training Plans
  • Minimum Education Requirement

Module 8 - Legal and Regulatory Requirements

  • Time-After-Competitive-Appointment Restriction
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Medical and Physical Requirements
  • Age Requirements
  • Written and Performance Tests

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