Department-Wide Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard
The competency requirements defined in the technical Functional Area Qualification
Standards should be aligned and integrated with the recruitment and staffing processes
for technical positions. The technical Functional Area Qualification Standards should
form the primary basis for developing vacancy announcements, qualification
requirements, crediting plans, interviewing questions, and other criteria associated with
the recruitment, selection, and internal placement of technical personnel. OPM minimum
qualification standards will be greatly enhanced by the application of appropriate
materials from the technical Functional Area Qualification Standards.
This technical Functional Area Qualification Standard identifies the technical competency
requirements for personnel assigned to the QA functional area. Although there are other
competency requirements associated with QA positions, 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 supporting knowledge and/or skill
statements are not requirements and do not necessarily have to be fulfilled 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 The basic knowledge of or exposure to the subject or
process adequate to discuss the subject or process with individuals of greater
Working level -- 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 DOE activities.
Expert level A comprehensive, intensive knowledge of the subject or
process sufficient to provide advice in the absence of procedural guidance.