Basics of Classification - PREMIUM
Language: English

Learn about the General Schedule System and Primary References that will serve as foundational knowledge for Federal Classification of jobs. Learn how jobs under the Federal Wage System (FWS) are graded using the FWS Job Grading System. Learn about the Factor Evaluation System and how this is most commonly used to assign grades to non-supervisory positions under the General Schedule. This class sets the framework for learning more advanced classification of jobs.

Learning Outcomes

In this class, you will be able to:

  • Describe basic terms related to position classification standards
  • Apply position classification standards when classifying a job
  • Distinguish one grade interval job patterns and two grade interval patterns
  • Write a position description
  • Classify positions under the Factor Evaluation Systems

Who Should Attend?

HR practitioners (SR HR Specialists, HR Specialists and HR Assistants)

About the Instructor

David Bachrach is a management consultant to federal and quasi-federal employers on a range of HR issues. Core principles include that the federal government can compete for talent in the labor market, and that strong management skills are more effective than higher salary in retaining high performers. Experienced with classification and delegated examining staffing.

David has been a federal employee two times and will likely return to federal employment again. Now he can be reached at

  • Lesson 01: Overview of Job Classification
  • Lesson 02: Federal Position Fundamentals
  • Lesson 03: Building Blocks of Classification - 4 Work Roles
  • Lesson 04: Position Descriptions and Staffing Functions
  • Lesson 05: Job Series
  • Lesson 06: Job Titles
  • Lesson 07: Pay Grades

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