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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 supporting knowledge and/or skills provide guidance on the level of
expectation and rigor to meet the intent of the competency.
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 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
Headquarters and Field elements shall establish a program and process to ensure that aviation
safety 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 advanced education, experience, and/or training. Equivalencies should be
used sparingly and then with the utmost rigor and scrutiny to maintain the spirit and intent of the
Technical Qualification Program. The supporting knowledge and/or skill statements for the
individual competencies should be considered before granting equivalency for a competency.
Prior experience within the last 5 years or training that had some form of examination process
may be evaluated and documented to demonstrate equivalency to the specified competencies.
Completion of a professional certification such as a Professional Engineering license related
directly to the functional area may be evaluated and documented to demonstrate equivalency for
many of the competencies in a functional area, with the exception of DOE-specific processes and
requirements. Satisfactory completion of graduate level college courses that relate directly to
specific competencies may be considered equivalent.
Training shall be provided to employees in the Technical Qualification Program that 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

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