This technical Functional Area Qualification Standard identifies the minimum technical competency
requirements for Department of Energy personnel. Although there are other competency
requirements associated with the positions held by DOE personnel, this Functional Area
Qualification Standard is limited to identifying the specific technical competencies. The
competency statements define the expected knowledge and/or skill that an individual must meet.
Each of the competency statements is further explained by a listing of supporting knowledge and/or
The competencies identify a familiarity level, a working level, or an expert level of knowledge; or
they require the individual to demonstrate the ability to perform a task or activity. These levels are
defined as follows:
Familiarity level is defined as basic knowledge of or exposure to the subject or process
adequate to discuss the subject or process with individuals of greater knowledge.
Working level is defined as the knowledge required to monitor and assess
operations/activities, to apply standards of acceptable performance, and to reference
appropriate materials and/or expert advice as required to ensure the safety of Departmental
Expert level is defined as a comprehensive, intensive knowledge of the subject or process
sufficient to provide advice in the absence of procedural guidance.
Demonstrate the ability is defined as the actual performance of a task or activity in
accordance with policy, procedures, guidelines, and/or accepted industry or Department
Headquarters and Field elements shall establish a program and process to ensure that DOE
personnel possess the competencies required of their position. That includes the competencies
identified in this technical Functional Area Qualification Standard. Documentation of the
completion of the requirements of the Standard shall be included in the employee's training and
Equivalencies should be used sparingly and with the utmost rigor and scrutiny to maintain the spirit
and intent of the TQP. Equivalencies may be granted for individual competencies based upon
objective evidence of previous education, training, certification, or experience. Objective evidence
includes a combination of transcripts, certifications, and, in some cases, a knowledge sampling
through a written and/or oral examination. Equivalencies shall be granted in accordance with the
Technical Qualification Program Plan of the office qualifying the individual. The supporting
knowledge and/or skill statements, while not requirements, should be considered before granting
equivalency for a competency.
Training shall be provided to employees in the Technical Qualification Program who do not meet
the competencies contained in the technical Functional Area Qualification Standard. Training may
include, but is not limited to, formal classroom and computer-based courses, self-study, mentoring,
on the job training, and special assignments. Departmental training will be based upon appropriate
supporting knowledge and/or skill statements similar to the ones listed for each of the competency
statements. Headquarters and Field elements should use the supporting knowledge and/or skill
statements as a basis for evaluating the content of any training used to provide individuals with the
requisite knowledge and/or skill required to meet the technical Functional Area Qualification
Standard competency statements.