Specific Vocational Preparation is a component of Worker Characteristics
information found in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (U.S.
Department of Labor, 1991).
Specific Vocational Preparation, as defined in Appendix C of the
Dictionary of Occupational Titles, is the amount of lapsed time required
by a typical worker to learn the techniques, acquire the information, and
develop the facility needed for average performance in a specific job-worker
This training may be acquired in a school, work, military, institutional, or
vocational environment. It does not include the orientation time required of a
fully qualified worker to become accustomed to the special conditions of any new
job. Specific vocational training includes: vocational education, apprenticeship
training, in-plant training, on-the-job training, and essential experience in
Specific vocational training includes training given in any of the following
The following is an explanation of the various levels of specific vocational
Note: The levels of this scale are mutually exclusive and do not overlap.
U.S. Department of Labor. (1991). Dictionary of Occupational Titles (Rev.
4th ed.). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.