Classification Process

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How are positions classified?

To classify a position, a trained classifier must be able to analyze job duties and responsibilities contained in the job description. The trained classifier first gathers information about the essential functions of the job. They can accomplish this through a job analysis, by reviewing work materials and examples, and by asking incumbents and supervisors questions during a job audit. Trained classifiers then evaluate the information, and assign a job code that corresponds to an occupational title and level of work.

Classifiers use a comparative process called the Benchmark Factoring Method, described in the Classification Manual, Volume 3: Methods and Procedures. This methodology compares the complexity of the work to classification standards to determine a band level. Classifiers also determine an occupation by comparing the knowledge, skills and abilities of the essential functions to O*Net descriptors.

What are the classification standards?

The Broadband Plan uses three classification standards: