Step 1: Find and Select Related Credentials

Often there are lots of credentials out there related to your federal job so it’s important that you research them carefully to determine which ones you would like to earn. Consider the following:

Experience & Background

Your service in the federal government is a great asset to you and will set you up nicely to attain the credentials you want. When you are searching, you will do so based on factors associated with your federal occupational series.


Civilian credentials have varying requirements. Some are more suited to entry level positions while others are more oriented to individuals who have some years of experience. Accordingly, some credentials are better attempted at certain phases in your federal career. No matter the path you choose, consider how long the credential might take to achieve as a part of your decision-making process.

Go to Step 2: Learn About Credential Requirements