DCIPS Career Paths

DCIPS replaces CIPMS. Until all references can be updated, both terms may appear and are considered interchangeable.

A DCIPS career path reflects the common career progression pattern of related groups of series or specialties. It provides a model and reflects the normal combination of grades into successive grade bands for the series or specialties associated with that path. There are three career paths in DCIPS.

1. Professional/Administrative: Administrative positions require experience, education, or training in a field equivalent to a bachelor's degree or higher with major study pertinent to the specialized field. Professional positions have educational requirements, which must be met. Both Administrative and Professional employees exercise analytical ability, judgment, discretion, personal responsibility, and apply a substantial body of knowledge of underlying concepts, theories, and principles applicable to their specialized field. Positions and employees in the Professional/Administrative career path progress at two-grade intervals.

2. Technician: Positions in this career path involve non-routine work typically associated with and supportive of a Professional/Administrative field. Completion of work requires the application of clearly stated guidelines and/or knowledge of precedent actions. The employee exercises extensive knowledge, typically gained through on -the-job experience and/or specific training, less than that represented by a college education or its equivalent. Positions and employees in the Technician career path progress at one-grade intervals.

3. Clerical: Positions in this career path include work which is accomplished to support an office and/or program, to include the processing and maintenance of records and materials which represent the mission of the organization. The work is generally performed within a structured framework of instructions, procedures, and/or working knowledge related to the tasks to be performed. Positions and employees in the Clerical career path progress at one-grade intervals.

Note: The employee occupying the position does not determine the career path of the position. DCIPS Career Paths are determined based on the duties and responsibilities required of the position, the purpose of the work, the qualifications required to perform the work and management's intent in structuring the work.

See Also: DCIPS Chart for Grade Bands & Career Paths

Content last reviewed: 1/28/2005-YYW

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