Department-Wide Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard
Demonstrate the ability The actual performance of a task or activity in
accordance with policies, procedures, guidelines, and/or accepted industry or
Headquarters and Field elements shall establish a program and process to ensure that
QA personnel possess the competencies required for 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
Equivalencies may be granted for individual competencies based upon an objective
evaluation of the employee's prior education, experience, certifications, and/or training.
Equivalencies shall be granted in accordance with the policies and procedures of the
program or field office. For example, personnel qualified to the DOE Albuquerque
Operations Office competency requirements for Weapons Quality Staff General
Engineer/Physical Scientist may be reviewed for equivalency with the DOE-wide
standard. 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. DOE 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.
A qualifying official or the immediate supervisor of a person seeking qualification should
document the attainment of the QA competencies listed in this technical Functional Area
Qualification Standard by using any of the following methods:
Documented evaluation of equivalencies;
documented oral evaluation; or
documented observation of performance.
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