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To receive consideration for some Federal positions you must provide information regarding your successful completion of a degree in a particular field from an accredited academic institution. In many cases, it is also important for you to provide information about specific coursework.

For example, if you are applying for a position with education requirements such as Engineer, Physicist, Accountant, Auditor or Contract/Procurement job, or if you wish to substitute education for experience to qualify for a job, you must include the required degree and coursework information in your resume. The vacancy announcement will specify these requirements.

When education is used to qualify for a position, Federal agencies will normally ask you to provide a transcript, either when you apply or upon tentative selection. By fully completing all of the blocks in this section, you help ensure that you receive appropriate credit for your academic credentials. If you have no degree, but have completed post-secondary courses, you should still provide that information.

School Information It will be your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that your degree(s) is from a school accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, or that your education meets the other provisions outlined in the OPM Operating Manual.

For information on Educational and Training Provisions or Requirements, refer to the OPM Operating Manual.

For questions relating to foreign education, please refer to the Foreign Education section of the OPM Operating Manual.

Degree/Level Attained See below for academic level definition:

High School or Equivalent: Earned a high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma).

Technical or Occupational Certificate: Received training in a special skill to be pursued in a trade (i.e., mechanical, electrical, carpentry, etc.) or Completed an organized program of study given by a recognized body or authority in a given subject area (i.e., MCSE, Java, CFA, Series 7, etc.)

Associate Degree: Completed undergraduate studies and earned a 2-year degree at an accredited institution.

Some College Coursework Completed: Attended college but has not graduated. (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours.)

Bachelor's Degree: Completed undergraduate studies and earned a 4-year degree (i.e., BA, BS, etc.) at an accredited institution.

Master's Degree: Completed post-college graduate studies and earned a master's level degree (i.e., MBA, etc.) at an accredited institution.

Doctorate: Earned degree (i.e., PhD), title or rank of doctor from an accredited institution.

Professional: Earned a professional degree (i.e., law, medical, dental, etc.) at an accredited institution.

Please be aware that it will be your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that your degree(s) meet the requirements outlined above.

Note: If you are currently completing your degree, select the degree and enter in the expected degree completion date.

This page was last modified on 9 February 2013, at 01:18.

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