Federal Classification Principles (CLAS7915)

Federal Classification Principles

Federal Classification Principles


Learn how to apply the basic principles needed to classify and analyze General Schedule (GS) positions. Study in-depth the fundamental principles and procedures associated with federal classification, and practice using what you learn with classification projects. Improve the analytical skills you need to ask good questions about position duties and design.

Related Certificate Program:

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



Who Should Attend?

This course is for HR and Human Capital staff (GS-201 and 203) and agency HR liaisons (for example, GS-301, 343, and 344 positions at the staff level) who need a foundational knowledge of the classification procedures used to evaluate the grade level of federal positions.

Note: This four-day course is not a substitute for the 10-day classroom course, Position Classification (CLAS7003D).or the 10-day virtual course, Basic Position Classification (CLAS7005A).Due to time constraints, this course provides fewer opportunities to application of classification procedures.

This course is not for students who have previously taken the course, Principles of Classification (CLAS7900).

Class Type:

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the relationship between classification, equal pay, merit systems principles, and prohibited personnel practices
  • Describe the legal basis, structure, and primary reference tools of the General Schedule system
  • Explain and apply procedures used to classify federal positions using the Factor Evaluation System
  • Explain and apply procedures used to classify federal positions using narrative system standards
  • Describe and discuss the standards used to classify General Schedule leader, supervisory, and managerial positions
  • Explain and apply the procedures learned in each of the modules to actual position descriptions

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  • Module 1: Introduction to Federal Classification
  • Module 2: The General Schedule System and Primary References
  • Module 3: The Factor Evaluation System
  • Module 4: Narrative System
  • Module 5: Introduction to GS Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors
  • Module 6: Putting It All Together

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