What’s a “career ladder” promotion?
A career ladder promotion occurs when competitive hiring procedures are used to select someone to fill what is often a lower level trainee position with the purpose of developing the person to fill a higher level full-performance position. It is also a merit promotion in the sense that you must meet certain performance criteria to gain the promotion.

There is no additional competition as an employee progresses through the grade levels of the ladder. A higher level position is not created; it is the same position with the employee now compensated at the higher grade and taking on additional responsibilities to reflect the additional proficiencies and skills.
The agency determines when to make the promotion, unless it has an established policy or a collective bargaining agreement stipulating when promotions are effective upon meeting eligibility requirements.

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