Health Technician – US Department of Veterans Affairs – Superior, WI

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) – Candidates must meet one of the following:

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled.


For GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree, with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects directly related to the position.


In addition to meeting the IOR above, candidates must demonstrate they meet the following grade requirement:

GS-05 grade level

One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of Specialized Experience are:

  • Obtaining and documenting patient vital signs;
  • Obtaining blood samples and blood cultures;
  • Inserting peripheral intravenous angiocatheter into peripheral arm veins;
  • Providing patient care

(Your application package must clearly describe all of the above specialized experience. We cannot make assumptions when reviewing applications)


Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with courses related to the occupation. (Note: If you select this option, a copy of your transcripts is required. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Transcripts must have Conferred date of degree for full credit.)


An equivalent combination of education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level.

Combining Experience and Education: To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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