Suitability Adjudication (STAF8101)

Suitability Adjudication

Suitability Adjudication


Learn how to perform suitability screening and adjudication for Federal employment. Understand the statutory and regulatory requirements of Title 5 CFR, Part 731, and the criteria used to make suitability determinations. Apply the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) methodology for designating position risk and model for making suitability determinations. OPM originally developed this course and has approved its content.


To be admitted into this class, you must present:

  • a valid federal ID verifying you are a federal employee, or pre-approval from OPM; AND a copy of OPM's Suitability Processing Handbook (dated September 2008).

*** You must obtain the Suitability Processing Handbook from your agency's Security Officer. Graduate School USA cannot provide the Handbook.

If you have any questions, please email prior to registration.

Who Should Attend?

Adjudicators who are authorized by their agencies to handle suitability case processing and adjudication as delegated by OPM under Title 5 CFR, Part 731. Non-federal employees desiring to take this course must obtain OPM approval prior to registering. Contact to initiate the pre-approval process.



    Class Type:

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

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Designate the risk levels of positions within your agency
    • Review character and conduct against suitability standards from 5 CFR 731
    • Know what cases to refer to for suitability review and adjudication
    • Use guidelines to adjudicate basic suitability determinations
    • Know when to refer a case to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for debarment consideration or take your own suitability action
    • Recognize merit fraud
    • Understand OPM adjudications, how to refer cases to OPM for reopen, understand case transmittal forms and investigative file maintenance
    • Know how to take action in suitability cases

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    • Module 1
      • Position Risk Designations and Investigations
    • Module 2
      • Suitability Standards
    • Module 3
      • Suitability Screening and the Referral Process
    • Module 4
      • Suitability Adjudication Guidelines
    • Module 5
      • Processing Non-Investigated Applicants
    • Module 6
      • Identifying Merit Fraud
    • Module 7
      • Processing OPM-Investigated Applicants,Appointees, and Employees
    • Module 8
      • Taking Action in Suitability Cases
    • Module 9
      • Suitability Evidence and Adjudication Workshop

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