Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
For positions at GS-4 and above: Experience in operating, supervising the operation of, or instructing in the operation of equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made. Experience gained in the operation of equipment in a specialization directly related to the specialization may be credited through the GS-5 level.
Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited as specialized experience for that particular specialization through the GS-5 level.
For GS-3: Successful completion of (a) an approved program in practical nursing or in operating room or surgical technician work of at least 9 months in length, or (b) l year of study with at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific subjects such as biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, medical technology, or physics.
For GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of subjects such as those listed for GS-3. At least 6 of the 12 semester hours of the courses must have been directly related to the specialization of the position.
For GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to the specialization of the position, or that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as those listed for GS-3. Of the 24 semester hours, at least 12 must have been in a field directly related to the specialization of the position.
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.