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Minimum Requirements & Preferred qualifications

Minimum qualifications are the amount and type of work experience, education, training and/or licensure you are required to have to be considered for a job.

For example, if a job's minimum qualifications call for a high school diploma or a GED and you only have an 8th grade education, you do not meet the minimum requirement for the job and will not be considered for employment in that specific classification.

Preferred qualifications are qualifications, in addition to the minimum qualifications, which help describe the ideal applicant. Minimally qualified applicants who also have the preferred qualifications may be given first consideration in screening and hiring for a particular vacancy.

Educational Background

All applicants, at the time of the job interview, must show proof that they meet a position's minimum requirements.

When a position requires a specific educational background, Miami-Dade County will accept degrees from:

  • universities acknowledged by the International Association of Universities (IAU) and
  • the IAU/UNESCO Information Centre on Higher Education.

Miami-Dade County relies upon the information in the current edition of the IAU International Handbook of Universities.

Commercial Driver License

As a condition of employment, applicants considered for positions that require a commercial driver's license (CDL) must sign a release to authorize former employers to provide Miami-Dade County information regarding:

  • controlled substance test results
  • alcohol test results of 0.04 or higher
  • refusals to be tested for alcohol/controlled substances

Applicants whose histories indicate that in the last two years they tested positive for a controlled substance; had an alcohol test results of 0.04 or higher or refused to be tested will be required to submit proof of:

  • subsequent negative test results
  • evaluation by a substance abuse professional
  • rehabilitation

Selective Service Registration

The Military Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 453.) requires that men ages 18 through 25 register with the Selective Service. Additional information is available from the Selective Service System, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Arlington, VA 22209-2425. They can also be reached at 703-605-4100 or by visiting the Selective Service System website.

Miami-Dade County Code Section 2-11.29 requires that all men who are selected for employment with Miami-Dade County provide proof of registration in the service. Proof must be submitted within 90 days of employment. Registration with the Federal Selective Service System is a condition of continued employment. View Veterans categories.

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