Skill points, along with expertise , are granted by playing almost any content of Star Trek Online, e.g., defeating NPC or player enemies, completing missions/assignments, and so on. Skill points are comparable to "experience" of other MMORPGs in that their accumulation causes the player to level up, i.e., increase in rank.
While expertise is used to improve the abilities of your Bridge Officers amongst others, skill points can be spent in the player's skill tree (comparable to a talent tree) in order to improve and individualize your character. Points can be spent as soon as they are earned, but new columns of the tree are not unlocked until the respective rank is achieved. The skill tree ends at 366,000 , upon reaching Level 50; from Level 50 up to reaching Level 60, skill points are solely earned for the purpose of leveling up a character.
From Level 50 on, character individualization is shifted from the skill tree to the Reputation system and the Captain Specialization, with the latter system using Specialization Points, awarded at each level from 51 to 60. After reaching Level 60 (being the current level cap), Skill Points are called Specialization Experience, and can be earned indefinitely. Every 159,078 Specialization XP grants one additional Specialization Point, using the Skill Point bar to show the character's progression. Gained Skill Points/Specialization XP from space combat is also used to level Starship Mastery on Tier 5-U and Tier 6 ships.
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- According to this forum post, for each skill point you receive in-game the game server internally records 100 to make sure that small bonuses accumulate correctly.