3. INITIAL QUALIFICATION
3.1 Qualification Levels
This guide does not attempt to establish a minimum or maximum number of qualification
levels. However, it is recommended that more than one level within each classification be
established to allow early entry of trained personnel into the work force and also to provide a
career path. Qualification levels should be defined and included in job descriptions, and the
training needs for each level should be identified during design of individual training programs.
3.1.1 Chemical Operator Classifications
These good practices should be taken as indicative of the training necessary to achieve the
highest qualification level in each classification. Each individual may not need to qualify for
every task. Training should include fundamentals applicable to the tasks for which the
individual is being qualified. Fundamentals will ordinarily be defined by a job analysis. The
trainee should demonstrate mastery of the tasks or type of tasks assigned under the direction
of a designated qualified person prior to assuming independent responsibility for those tasks.
Incumbents should be qualified at their present level before advancing to the next level.
3.1.2 Chemical Operator Trainers
Minimum qualifications for all chemical operator training positions should be documented for
the following areas:
Knowledge of process theory
Applicable job experience.
Documentation should clearly state who verifies that instructors meet the minimum
qualifications for the positions they hold. Additional guidance relative to the qualification of
training personnel may be found in the DOE-HDBK-1001-96 Guide to Good Practices for
Training and Qualification of Instructors.