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The Art of Classification Analysis

  • 07/08/2024
  • 07/12/2024
  • 2 sessions
  • 07/08/2024, 8:30 AM 12:30 PM (PDT)
  • 07/12/2024, 8:30 AM 12:30 PM (PDT)
  • Virtual
  • 2


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Do you want to conduct a sound classification analysis but have no idea where to start?

You are not a subject matter expert, so how do you defend a current position or whether a position is working out of class or merely performing complex duties?

Given the politics, what is the point of a comprehensive classification analysis?

These are some common and important questions. In this interactive workshop, you will learn the foundation of classification and answers to these questions and many more. After some theory and activities, reinforced with real life situations, at the conclusion of the workshop, participants should have an increased knowledge of and the ability to integrate and utilize the following:

  • Reasons to conduct a classification study
  • Job families and classification levels
  • Broad vs. narrow classifications - identify when classifications should be consolidated
  • Allocation factors
  • Managing a classification interview
  • Conducting the analysis and developing a defensible classification report
  • Creating and revising a classification specification
  • Classification changes and the politics

Part I: Classification Foundation and how to conduct a classification study

This part of the training will provide an overview of the fundamentals of classification analysis. What is it? Why do we do it? Why is maintaining the classification system important and what are the ingredients? You will learn about job families, classification levels, and allocation factors, and how to use them to conduct a classification analysis.  Lastly, we will discuss when you should and shouldn’t use the classification process.

Part II: Data Collection, Analysis, and the Art of Crafting a Defensible Report  

This part of the training will dive deeper into the classification foundation by using the allocation factors to manage the classification interview and evaluating single and multiple incumbent positions to make a classification recommendation. We will finalize the analysis by understanding the steps to write a defensible classification report, irrespective of politics, and how to write and/or update a classification specification. In addition, we will also discuss strategies to manage the classification review/appeal process.

About our presenter:

Tameka Usher is currently the Director of Administrative Services with the City of Rocklin. She was previously employed by the County of El Dorado (3 years) as the Director of Human Resources; Koff & Associates (1 year) as a Project Manager; and CPS HR Consulting (11 years) as a Product and Services Manager (Classification and Compensation Division and Merit System Services Division). As a practitioner and instructor, her dynamic training style, as well as her relevant and practical knowledge and skills allow her to bring to life more than 12 years of experience conducting a variety of classification and compensation studies for public sector clients across the country. Classification experience includes both single and multiple series/level classification studies that included class spec updates, development of new class series, class consolidation, etc. Compensation experience includes both small and large base salary and total compensation studies that consist of compensation philosophy development, compaction analysis, salary recommendations, and strategy implementation. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources.

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Registration will close on July 1, 2024, or when all seats have been reserved. 


No refunds will be given for cancellations after the early registration deadline, regardless of payment status. If you cancel after the early registration deadline, you will still be responsible for paying the full registration fee.

Cancellations made before the early registration deadline will receive a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee.

Agencies may transfer registration to another employee by contacting the designated contact for that training until 24 hours before the training.


Each participant must register separately. Participants who share their login credentials with others will be removed from the training, and no refunds will be provided. WRIPAC trainings are low-cost interactive workshops, and not designed for participants to share login or registration with others. 

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