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Courses in photography are qualifying only if they are technological or scientific in nature, rather than practical or artistic. Thus, for example, courses in photographic chemistry or photographic instrumentation would be qualifying, but those in commercial photography, portrait photography, etc. would not be.
Professional experience is defined as experience in non-routine phases of photographic technology, photographic science, photogrammetry, engineering, chemistry, physics, or a closely related science or discipline. This experience must have demonstrated a professional body of knowledge such as would be acquired through completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in the discipline, a professional ability to apply scientific methodology to photographic technology problems, and a continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.