Line-up your minimum qualifications (MQs) carefully when reviewing job applications! Many job classifications require a combination of education and experience to be "qualified."
Arizona Board of Regents have established the minimum qualifications for Classified Staff positions. These minimum qualifications can not be changed.
Often MQs are set in equivalent "levels" such as: Program Coordinator = Bachelor's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years administrative coordinative program experience; OR, six years of progressively responsible administrative coordinative program experience; OR, an equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.
- With the above example an applicant may meet MQs at three levels: BA/2Yrs, 6Yrs, or "an equivalent combination."
- Committee should identify and document what degrees are appropriate.
- Committee should discuss definition of "progressively responsible" experience.
- Generally a related/required BA degree is equal to four years of experience.
- A related/required AA degree is typically equal to two years of experience.
- A non-related/required BA degree generally equals two years of experience.
- A non-related/required AA degree generally equals one year of experience.
- An unfinished degree may be applied to MQs at a pro-rated level (if three years of a four year program have been completed, may count as 3 years experience if related/required, and 1.5yrs experience is unrelated/not-required).
- Part-time experience should be pro-rated when counting toward MQs.
- As appropriate, consider non-traditional experience toward MQs.
- In this example, an applicant with two years of education and four years of experience would have an "equivalent" combination and meet MQs.
- If committee members disagree on a "close call", consider erring on the side of being conservative and include the applicant as having met MQs.