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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Apprenticeship and Training Series, 0243

Individual Occupational Requirements

Education and Experience Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.

GRADEEXPERIENCEEDUCATION/TRAINING
GeneralSpecialized
GS-5 3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4 None 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree or 4-year planned apprenticeship*
GS-7 None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5 None
GS-9 None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7 None
GS-11 None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9 None
GS-12 and above None 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level None

* To be creditable, post-high school education must be in one or a combination of the following fields: labor economics; industrial relations; industrial training; or industrial techniques, methods, and practices. Equivalent combinations of education/training and experience are qualifying for positions at the GS-5 level.

General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience in industrial, trade union, trade association, management, governmental, or other work that provided evidence of the ability to assume progressive responsibilities as an apprenticeship and training representative.

Examples of qualifying general experience include:

  • Work in an apprenticeable trade at least at the journey level.

  • Work in the development and promotion of labor and employment standards, some of which was related to apprenticeship or on-the-job training.

  • Work in the application of labor laws, a substantial part of which affected persons employed in the apprenticeable trades.

  • Coordinator or director of a training program for non-apprenticeable occupations.

  • Teacher or instructor in a vocational or other training program or school.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience in the development or administration of apprenticeship programs or other occupational training programs involving the systematic development of worker skills on the job. This experience must have demonstrated:

  • Knowledge of the functions, purposes, and practices of apprenticeship or other industrial training; and understanding of the knowledge, skills, and techniques involved in the practice of apprenticeable trades;

  • Knowledge of the practices, operations, and content of occupations in one or more fields;

  • Knowledge of training methods and related worker utilization practices for the improvement and better use of workers' skills; and the ability to apply this knowledge in identifying work force and training problems, analyzing such problems, and advising on their solution;

  • Understanding of industrial relations problems and practices and of the traditions and attitudes of labor and management in relation to programs involving apprenticeship or other training on the job; and

  • Ability to deal effectively with management, labor, and other appropriate officials on training matters.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Working member of a functioning joint apprenticeship committee.

  • Employer training official or officer of a union or trade association whose duties included the development or administration of an apprenticeship program or other industrial training program.

  • Coordinator or director of a training program for apprenticeable occupations or other training activities.

  • Training representative or administrator in the field of apprenticeship, working with labor or management.

  • Vocational teacher or instructor in an apprenticeable occupation.

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