The experience requirements defined in any qualification standard may be modified or waived for noncompetitive actions such as reassignments and changes to lower grade to allow the identification of closely related experience to be qualifying. Qualification requirements for positions with greater promotion potential may also be modified. It is done in accordance with merit promotion procedures. This added flexibility allows managers to select candidates who clearly show the capability to perform the major task requirements of the vacant position based on closely related experience.
The decision to modify or waive qualifications standards remains with the supervisor, while the determination of closely related experience becomes a joint effort between him/her and Human Resources Specialists involved in the job analysis process. This provision does not authorize modification of minimum education, licensure, or certification requirements.
Training agreements may be used as a substitute for normal qualification standards requirements or as a basis for promotion excepted from time-in-grade requirements.