Have you successfully completed all four core area assessments?
If YES, you are eligible to enroll in one of the four functional area assessments.
If NO, you are not yet eligible to enroll in any of the functional area assessments.
In other words, before any functional areas can be attempted all four Core assessments must be successfully completed.
Have you successfully completed at least one functional area assessments?
If YES, you are eligible to apply for receipt of a lump-sum payment for each functional area assessment successfully completed.
If NO, you are not eligible to apply for receipt of a lump-sum payment for a functional area assessment.
In other words, each time you successfully complete one of the four functional certification areas you are eligible to apply for Skill-Based pay, which is a one-time lump sum payment for each functional area assessment.
Applying for Functional Area Skill-Based Pay
(1) Complete and email the Functional Area Skill-Based Pay Application, copies of the emails stating all four core assessments have successfully been passed, and a copy of the confirmation email from OU stating the 1st functional area assessment has been passed.
Note: Repeat this process for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time a functional area assessment has been successfully passed; however, for these subsequent passing the core assessment emails are not required.
(2) Complete the application, which is self-explanatory, with required e-signatures as indicated on the application. Required signatures are your signature and your Managing Attorney’s or District Attorney’s signature. After you sign, please click on the “envelope” icon at top of page to send it on to your Managing Attorney or District Attorney. They or you can then click on the Submit button (under Routing) on the bottom right to send the application on to the Certification Program Office.
Note: It is at this point you should attach the confirmation email from OU, and for the 1st functional assessment a copy of the core assessments emails.
(3) You should make sure you keep a copy of your email that you send to the Certification Program Office.
When you are applying for your last Functional Area skill-based pay, you should review the CSQuest article Full Certification, Re-Certification, and Monthly Differential Pay.