What is Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP)?
The Scale of SVP
- SVP 1-2: Short demonstration or up to a month of training.
- SVP 3-4: Over 1 month up to and including 3 months.
- SVP 5-6: Over 3 months up to and including 1 year.
- SVP 7-9: Over 1 year up to and including 4 years or more.
Why is SVP Important in SSDI?
1. Determining Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)
2. Assessing Ability to Perform Other Work
3. Influencing Disability Determinations
4. Grid Rules Application
Resources to Help Understand SVP
When looking for external resources to understand Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) and its relevance to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), consider the following:
- Social Security Administration (SSA) – Official Website: The SSA website is the primary resource for detailed information on SSDI and SVP. It explains the evaluation process for disability benefits, including how SVP levels are considered.
- Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) – U.S. Department of Labor: The DOT provides comprehensive information on the SVP levels for different occupations. It’s a key resource for understanding how various jobs are classified in terms of skill level.
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR): A specialized organization offering resources and advocacy for SSDI claimants. They provide insights into how SVP and other factors influence disability claims.
- Disability Benefits Help – An Online Resource: This site offers a breakdown of how SVP affects disability determinations and practical advice for applicants.