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Employment and Training Administration

To begin the OCA process, complete the web-based form below, or you may download the form in Word or PDF format to fill out and submit by email or mail.

Occupational Code Assignment (OCA) Form - Part A
OMB No. 1205-0137 (Expires 09-30-2025)
Instructions: An occupational code assignment (OCA) is a process established to help occupational information users relate a job title or occupational specialty to an O*NET-SOC occupation. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) based system. The information gathered during the OCA process: 1. leads to code assignments for customers, 2. helps update the O*NET lay titles database, and 3. is considered during the O*NET-SOC occupational classification review and development.
Please complete the items on the Occupational Code Assignment (OCA) Form - Part A to the best of your ability. Items 1-6 collect contact information. For items 7-20, please provide the most accurate description of the job or occupation that you are attempting to locate in the O*NET system. Once received, an occupational analyst at the National Center for O*NET Development will review your answers to OCA Form - Part A. Upon analysis, the analyst will send you an OCA Form - Part B that will list and explain the code assignment.
*1. Contact Name(s) and Organization (Include name(s) of individual(s) submitting request, as well as name of organization, agency, business, etc.):
*2. Contact Address (Include city, state, and zip code.):
*3. Check Appropriate Item:
*4. E-mail Address(es):
*5. Telephone Number(s) (Include area code and 7 digit number, (xxx) xxx-xxxx):
6. Date Submitted:
7. Industry (In order of importance, list the primary industry or industries where this occupation is found. Representative industries are "construction," "educational services," "manufacturing," or "retail trade." Please include (NAICS) code(s), if known, or describe the product or service provided by establishments that employ this type of worker.):
Need to enter more Industry? How many?
*8. (Please enter the title of the job or occupation that you would like reviewed and assigned within the O*NET-SOC classification system.):
*9. (Summarize the overall objective or purpose of the occupation, such as "plan, direct, and coordinate training activities of an organization."):
*10. Tasks (In order of importance, list the most important and/or regularly performed tasks for this occupation. Please use action verbs, such as "appraises and inventories real and personal property," to begin these task statements. Representative tasks are "direct safety occupations in emergencies" or "prepare daily reports of fuel, oil, and accessory sales."):
Need to enter more Tasks? How many?
*11. Work Activities (In order of importance, list the most important and/or regularly performed generalized work activities for this occupation. Representative generalized work activities are "analyzing data or information," "making decisions or solving problems," or "communicating with people outside the organization."):
Need to enter more Work Activities? How many?
12. Interactions (List the types of people that individuals within this occupation interact with during a typical workweek. Representative interactions are "customers," "supervisor," "accountants," "lawyers," "students," "co-workers," or "patients."):
Need to enter more Interactions? How many?
13. Physical Activities (List the primary physical activities performed within this occupation. Representative physical activities are "load boxes on an assembly line," "climb up and down poles to install electricity," or "walk between work stations in a small office."):
Need to enter more Physical Activities? How many?
14. Knowledge Areas (In order of importance, list the knowledge areas required to perform the tasks and responsibilities of this occupation. Representative knowledge areas are "administration and management," "mathematics," "biology," "customer or personal service," "public safety and security," or "medical terminology."):
Need to enter more Knowledge Areas? How many?
15. Education (Please indicate the level of educational preparation typically requested or required to qualify for this occupation. The information you provide is subject to independent verification.):
Formal education
Graduate education
16. Training/Experience (Please indicate the training/experience typically requested or required to qualify for this occupation. Please check all boxes that apply. The information you provide is subject to independent verification.):
17. Tools or Technology Used (In order of importance, list the machines, equipment, tools, software, and information technology or devices workers may use to perform the tasks and responsibilities of this occupation. Representative tools and technology are "lathe," "hand tools," "environmental monitoring equipment," "spreadsheet," or "software packages." You may specify by name rather than category.):
Need to enter more Tools or Technology Used? How many?
18. Web Sites/Resources (List web sites or other resources where information about the occupation can be found.):
Need to enter more Web Sites/Resources? How many?
19. (Optional: It may be helpful to indicate the reasons you are seeking this occupational code assignment.):
20. (List any additional information or comments that may help in assigning this job or occupation to an O*NET-SOC occupation. Additional information may include items, such as on-the-job training schedules or curriculum for relevant training programs. If this request is part of registering an apprenticeship program, please attach Work Process Schedule, if available.):
Public Burden Statement: The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration may not conduct or sponsor, and persons are not required to respond to, this collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for this collection of information, which is voluntary, is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. This is public information and there is no expectation of confidentiality. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Investment (OWI), Attn: O*NET Project, Mail Stop S4231, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210 (OMB Control Number 1205-0137).
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