This technical Functional Area Qualification Standard identifies the 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 skill statements.
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
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 activities.
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 practices.
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 or a similar Standard developed by the organization.
Documentation of the completion of the requirements of the Standard shall be included in the employee's
training and qualification record.
Equivalencies may be granted for individual competencies based upon an objective evaluation of the
employee's prior education, experience, and/or training. Equivalencies shall be granted in accordance
with the policies and procedures of the program or field office. 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. 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 courses used to
provide individuals with the requisite knowledge and/or skill required to meet the technical Functional
Area Qualification Standard competency statements.
Attainment of the competencies listed in this technical Functional Area Qualification Standard should be
documented by a qualifying official, immediate supervisor, or the team leader of personnel using any of
the following methods: