Understanding Position Qualification Requirements
Your experience and education are evaluated against the qualification standards to determine whether you are qualified for positions. Some qualification standards have "positive education" requirements, which are shown in a degree required or a specified number of course hours, that must be met. Your experience and education are evaluated to determine whether you are "basically qualified", "highly qualified", or "not qualified" for a position or occupation.
Specialized experience and selective factor requirements will typically be listed in the vacancy announcement as KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities). Before you submit an application for a vacancy, you should completely review the vacancy announcement for each position. Don't apply for a position if you don't meet both the required minimum qualifications and any selective factors described in the vacancy announcement. If you have reviewed the vacancy announcement and believe that you can meet both the minimum qualifications and selective factors, you should document your experience and education in your resume and in the required response to the KSAs listed in the vacancy announcement.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) establishes basic qualifications for every occupation within the federal government. Additional information on OPM qualifications is available from VA vacancy announcements. An announcement describes the minimum qualifications required for each position and any other qualifications that candidates must also have to be considered eligible for each position.
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Reviewed/Updated Date: November 9, 2009