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NIH 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.

Key:

N/A - Not Applicable, 1 - Fundamental Awareness, 2 - Novice, 3 - Intermediate, 4 - Advanced, 5 - Expert

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

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