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The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Undergraduate Education: Major study -- any field that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in accounting or law; or major study in business administration, economics, or finance that included at least 12 semester hours in accounting.
Graduate Education or Law School: Major study -- accounting or law. An LL.B. or J.D. degree is qualifying for GS-9 positions. An LL.M. with specialization in taxation is qualifying for GS-11 positions.
General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience that required a knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations related to claims, contracts, legal instruments, or similar documents.
Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination or membership in the bar in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia meets the GS-5 level requirements. Applicants with CPA certificates or bar membership may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.
Refer to Section V of this Manual for information about test requirements.
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There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.