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What is a GS-1750?

GS-1750 is the occupational series for Instructional Systems. 1750 Certification is REQUIRED to apply for GS-1750 positions.

Definition of a 1750: This series includes professional positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, advise on, design, develop, or provide educational or training services in formal education or training programs. The work requires knowledge of learning theory and the principles, methods, practices and techniques of one or more specialties of the instructional systems field. The work may require knowledge of one or more subjects or occupations in which educational or training instruction is provided.

Some examples of 1750 positions within the 17 TRG are: Training Development (TDE), Training Managers (TM), Resource Advisors (RA), Contracting Officer Representatives (COR), Group Building Manager, Plans and Programs Chief (XP), and Instructional Systems Specialist (ITU).


There are two main requirements for a 1750 Certification:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree – Proof Required (i.e., Transcript with a conferred or grad date on it.)
  2. A Completed 1750 Worksheet 
    • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) accredited Faculty Development (Fac-D) courses from any base can be applied to your worksheet.
Hover to see the Basic Requirements from a USAJobs 1750 job posting.

BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT: a degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. The course work must have included study in at least four of the following five areas:

  1. Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology: Study of learning theories as they relate to the systematic design, development, and validation of instructional material.
  2. Instructional design practices: Study of the principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and applying design methods to the improvement of instructional effectiveness.
  3. Educational evaluation: Study of the techniques for evaluating the effectiveness of instructional/educational programs, including developing written and performance tests and survey instruments, and determining reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.
  4. Instructional product development: Study of the techniques appropriate for developing training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objectives, applying training strategy, validating training materials, and evaluating training.
  5. Computers in education and training: Study of the application of computers in education and training, including selecting appropriate computer software.

Some positions in this series may specialize in one or two functional areas, where more specific academic preparation may be necessary. For such positions, agencies may require course work in the applicable functional area(s) as part of the above-required 24 semester hours. Note: you MUST include a copy of your transcripts.

Process for 1750 Certification:

  1. Obtain Current Worksheet: Download the 1750 Worksheet which can be done here: insert download – sharepoint?
  2. Gather Transcripts: Obtain copies of your transcripts to submit with your 1750 Worksheet. You can obtain your CCAF transcript here (CAC Required):  find and insert link
  3. Find Mentor: Seek guidance from a senior professional currently holding the 1750 Certification within the squadron. If unsure, squadron XPs can serve as excellent mentors.
  4. Complete the Worksheet: The worksheet will provide directions on how to complete it. Remember, in order to put course credit on your 1750 Worksheet transcript proof of course completion is necessary.
  5. Approval: The 1750 Mentor possessees the authority to complete/sign the 1750 worksheet for certification.
    • Should the 1750 mentor require further assistance they may forward to the TRG/CCM and/or subsequently to the AETC 1750 Functional Manager for further review and signature
  6. Maintain Records: Once signed, maintain a copy of the signed worksheet along with all transcripts as they are required for any 1750 job application.


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