Position Classification (CLAS7003)

Position Classification

Position Classification


Develop and improve your skills in selecting and applying position classification standards, writing position evaluation statements, and other classification-related areas such as FLSA and position management. This intensive ten-day course provides you with a foundation in General Schedule (GS) and Federal Wage System (FWS) classification. Focus on the legal bases, structure, and operation of the GS, FWS, and alternative classification systems.

Who Should Attend?

All federal HR staff and others who classify positions or need an in-depth knowledge of how federal positions are classified.

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




6.0 CEU's 

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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
  • Discuss the process used to classify federal positions in the Federal Wage System
  • Identify the exemption criteria used to make Fair Labor Standards Act coverage decisions
  • Describe the process for classification appeals in the FWS and GS systems
  • Understand the guiding principles for federal classification

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Module 1: Introduction to Federal Classification

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Classification and Federal Human Resources Management
  • Job Evaluation Methods
  • The Basis for Federal Classification

Module 2: The General Schedule System

  • Introduction
  • Legal Basis and Structure
  • Classification Skills and Tools
  • Primary References Used in Federal Classification

Module 3 The Factor Evaluation System (FES)

  • Introduction
  • Factor Evaluation System Components
  • Procedures Used to Classify FES Positions
  • Understanding Differences in Levels of Work
  • Job Family Standards: An Overview
  • More on FES Classification Standards

Module 4: The Narrative System

  • Introduction
  • The Narrative System
  • Procedures for Classifying Narrative System Positions

Module 5: Writing Evaluation Statements

  • Introduction
  • Reasons for Preparing an Evaluation Statement
  • General Information Included in Evaluation Statements
  • Model Format for Evaluation Statements

Module 6: Position Descriptions

  • Introduction
  • Purpose of Position Descriptions
  • Responsibilities in Writing a Position Descriptions
  • Writing FES Position Descriptions

Module 7: Classification Guides

  • Introduction
  • Classification Guides

Module 8: GS Leaders, Managers, and Supervisors

  • Introduction
  • The Management Continuum
  • General Schedule Leader Grade Evaluation Guide
  • General Schedule Supervisory Guide

Module 9: Introduction to the Federal Job Grading System

  • Introduction
  • Primary Reference Used in the Job Grading System
  • FWS Components
  • Job Grading Evaluation Method

Module 10: Fair Labor Standards Act

  • Introduction
  • Determination of Coverage
  • FLSA Exemption Criteria

Module 11: Classification Appeals

  • Introduction
  • Classification Appeals

Module 12: Foundation for Federal Classification

  • Guiding Principles for Federal Human Resources Management
  • Guiding Principles for Federal Classification Systems

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