Processing Personnel Actions

(4 day course)

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or

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A 4-day course preparing HR staff to complete and process SF-50s, Notification of Personnel Actions Using The Guide To Processing Personnel Actions and SF-52s, Requests For Personnel Actions. HR forms, terminology, codes, remarks, processes, and procedures required for completing accurate and complete personnel actions. All participants receive a copy of the OPM Guide To Processing Personnel Actions.


  • Use the Guide For Processing Personnel Actions to document records for federal employees for a variety of actions including appointments, separations, and other changeswith their associated critical remarks.
  • Compute Service Computation Dates by verifying creditable civilian and military service.
  • Determine Veteran’s preface, creditable service for career tenure, within-grade writing periods, decisions, and correct probationary periods
  • Locate information in and understand how to use the Guide To Processing Personnel Actions
  • Understand the Civil Service rules, regulations and procedures that govern federal personal regulations
  • Document accession, change and separation actions correctly by completing required entries on SF-50’s and SF-52’s
  • Compute Service Computation Dates to determine Veterans’ Preference, make career tenure and within-grade waiting-period decisions and identify correct probation periods.


Day 1 of 4
  • What Is Personnel Management
  • Functions of Personnel Management Units
  • Preparation of the SF-52
  • Civil Service Laws and Regulations
  • Organization of the Guide to Processing Personnel Actions
Day 2 of 4
  • Personnel Terms
  • Coding Natures of Action, Authorities and Remarks
  • Processing Actions for Retirees
  • Job Aides
  • Computation Dates/Review
  • Verifying Creditable Civilian and Military Service
Day 3 of 4
  • Review of Day Three
  • Veteran’s Preference Use and Entitlement
  • Processing “Within-Grade” Determinations
  • Allowable “Non-Pay” Time
Day 4 of 4
  • Review of Day Four
  • Probationary Period Requirements
  • Allowable “Non-Pay” Time
  • Career Tenure Service Requirements
  • Course Review and Summary

Who Should Attend?

Human Resource Assistants, clerks, specialists and other professionals requiring knowledge and skills in federal personnel procedures.