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Classification & Qualifications

Welcome to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Federal Position Classification and Qualifications website. This website provides Federal position classification, job grading, and qualifications information that is used to determine the pay plan, series, title, grade, and qualification requirements for most work in the Federal Government.


Some Federal jobs are not covered by these documents. Please check with your agency human resources office for further information. If you are a job applicant and have a question about the Federal hiring process or your eligibility for a specific job, please contact the individual listed on the job opportunity announcement.

The Classification pages provide:

  • General information about the classification of Federal positions
  • Occupational information
  • Grading criteria for the General Schedule and Federal Wage Classification Systems
  • Draft classification and job grading standards
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Subscribe to the What's New in Classification electronic distribution list to be notified of new classification issuances.

The Qualifications pages provide:

  • General policies and information on eligibility and qualifications for Federal occupations
  • Governmentwide qualification requirements for specific occupations
  • Draft qualifications standards
  • A list of occupations that have medical requirements
  • Recent issuances of new or revised qualification standards
  • Federal Wage System Qualifications
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