Pay Setting: Federal Wage System (STAF9004 & PADM7001)

Pay Setting: Federal Wage System

Pay Setting: Federal Wage System


Learn how to set pay for employees under the Federal Wage System (FWS) in this extensive technical course. Implement and apply the rules and requirements related to new appointments; reinstatement and reassignments; transfers and conversions; promotions and changes to lower grade; pay changes; recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives; special qualifications; grade and pay retention and severance pay; and movement between pay systems.

Who Should Attend?

Federal personnel who set pay or give advice on setting pay.


Virtual Instructor-Led: $699.00
Self-paced (with instructor assistance): $1,099.00


Virtual Instructor-Led: 0.6 CEUs
Self-paced (with instructor assistance): 4.0 CEUs

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand basic FWS pay-setting policies and requirements
  • Apply pay-setting rules and requirements to a variety of real-life situations seen during the FWS pay-setting cycle
  • Set pay for new and revised wage schedules, new appointments, promotions, within-grade increases, and night differential

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Course Outline

Module 1

  • The Federal System, New Appointments, Reinstatements, and Transfers and Conversions

Module 2

  • Reassignments and Promotions

Module 3

  • Changes to Lower Grade, Grade and Pay Retention

Module 4

  • Pay Changes and Severance Pay

Module 5

  • Changes Between Pay Systems

Module 6

  • Recruitment, Relocation, and Retention Incentives

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