Basic Position Classification (CLAS7005)

Basic Position Classification

Basic Position Classification


Gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities classifiers need to do their work successfully. The focus of this course is on helping participants develop competence in applying various classification standards. It also provides participants with exposure to other topics important to federal classification programs such as writing position descriptions and the Fair Labor Standards Act. While complete proficiency comes only with time and practice, this intensive ten-day course provides a solid foundation in General Schedule (GS) classification through both instruction and extensive practice.

This course is offered only in a live virtual format (generally using Zoom).

Note: The 4-day Federal Classification Principles (CLAS7915) is not a substitute for this in-depth, exercise-intensive course.

Related Certificate Program

This course is part of the Certificates of Accomplishment in Human Resources Management.

Who Should Attend

This course is for HR staff classifying positions within a Title 5 system. This includes HR and Human Capital Office staff and agency HR liaisons (for example, GS-301, 343, and 344 positions at the staff level) who perform, on a regular and recurring basis, the evaluation of the level and pay of federal positions using federal classification procedures.




6.0 CEU's

Class Type: 

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

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the two primary methods used to evaluate positions in the federal system
  • Describe the legal basis, structure, and primary tools of the General Schedule system
  • Explain and apply procedures used to classify federal positions using the Factor Evaluation System
  • Select and apply procedures used to classify federal positions using the narrative system
  • Write evaluation statements that adequately document and justify classification decisions
  • Apply the FES factors in writing position descriptions
  • Discuss and apply the procedures for using classification guides
  • Describe and apply procedures used to classify GS leader, supervisory, and managerial positions
  • Identify and apply the exemption criteria used to make Fair Labor Standards Act coverage decisions
  • Understand the guiding principles for federal classification

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Course Outline

Module 1: Foundations for Federal Classification

Module 2: The Factor Evaluation System (FES)

Module 3: The Narrative System

Module 4: Writing Evaluation Statements

Module 5: Writing Position Descriptions

Module 6: Classification Guides

Module 7: GS Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors

Module 8: Fair Labor Standards Act

Module 9: Guiding Principles for Federal Classification

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