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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Optometry Series, 0662

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements

Education

Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an educational program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) at the time the degree was obtained.

Licensure

Applicants must have received a passing score on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations and possess a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.

Basic Requirements for the GS-11 (or equivalent) Grade Level

Applicants who meet the above basic requirements qualify for GS-11 grade level.

Basic Requirements for GS-12 (or equivalent) Grade Level

In addition to the requirements for the GS-11 (or equivalent) level, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • One year completion of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training; or
  • One year of professional experience as an optometrist that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

Basic Requirements for GS-13 and above Grade Levels

In addition to the requirements for the GS-12 (or equivalent) level one year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

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