Suggested Proficiency Map

The suggested Proficiency Map is provided as a guide for selecting the appropriate proficiency level from GS-1 through GS-15. Employees and supervisors have the flexibility to select proficiency levels that are appropriate for a position. Every position is unique and the level of proficiency required in certain competencies may vary between positions.

Proficiency Map
Grade Recommended Proficiency Level
GS – 1 1
GS – 2 1
GS – 3 1
GS – 4 1 or 2
GS – 5 2
GS – 6 2
GS – 7 2 or 3
GS – 8 3
GS – 9 3
GS – 10 3 or 4
GS – 11 3 or 4
GS – 12 4
GS – 13 4
GS – 14 4 or 5
GS – 15 5
Proficiency Key
Level Description
N/A Not Applicable
1 Fundamental Awareness
2 Novice
3 Intermediate
4 Advanced
5 Expert