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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Design Patent Examining Series, 1226

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  1. Degree: industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education.

    or

  2. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 20 semester hours in industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    or

  3. Four years of experience in the field of industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education that demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the field involved in the position to be filled equivalent to that which would have been obtained through successful completion of a full 4-year degree as shown in A above.

Evaluation of Graduate Education:

Qualifying graduate education must have been in industrial design, product design, or architecture. An LL.B. or J.D. degree from a recognized law school or membership in the bar of any State, territory, or the District of Columbia is also qualifying for GS-9.

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