Exam Bulletin - Supervising Special Investigator 1 (NPO)

State of California

Exam Code: EX-1242

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Classification Details



Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Who Should Apply:

The information below will help you determine which classification(s) is(are) appropriate for you. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated on this bulletin to compete in this examination.

Open and Open, Non-Promotional Examination(s):


For all Classifications, once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 9 months:

Exam Code(s):


For SUPERVISING SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR I (NON-PEACE OFFICER) , once you have participated in any of the following examinations, you may not recompete for 9 months:

Exam Code(s):

  • EX-01242

How To Apply:

Submit an Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) to apply for this examination.

Electronic applications can be submitted through your account at www.CalCareers.ca.gov.

Special Testing Arrangements:

If you require assistance or alternative testing arrangements due to a disability, indicate on your application that you need reasonable accommodation. You will be contacted by a representative of the testing department to make the necessary arrangements. If you have not been contacted by the time you receive notification of testing, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

If you are unable to submit your application or complete the test due to a disability, please contact the testing department listed in the Contact section of this bulletin.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements as stated on this exam bulletin to be accepted to the examination.

Unless otherwise stated in the Minimum Qualifications, qualifying experience may be combined on a proportionate basis if the requirements stated below include more than one pattern and are distinguished as "Either" 1, "or" 2, "or" 3, etc. For example, applicants possessing qualifying experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 1 and additional experience amounting to 50% of the required time of Pattern 2 may be accepted to an examination as meeting 100% of the overall experience requirement.


Either 1

One year of experience performing the duties of an Investigator, Range B or a Special Investigator, Range C in the California state service.

Or 2

Experience: Three years of experience in investigation work, at least two years of which involved complete responsibility for difficult and unusual cases. and 

Education: Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Position Description


Trains, plans, organizes, and directs the work of a staff of Special Investigators I or Special Investigators I (Non-Peace Officer) in the investigation of suspected violations of provisions of laws, rules, or regulations; makes or directs the more difficult criminal investigations; makes inspections of the physical security of local offices and equipment and recommends any necessary actions; advises departmental personnel in methods of fraud detection; files complaints, prepares cases, and appears in court or in administrative hearings; works with and secures the cooperation of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; evaluates the performance of staff members, and takes appropriate action; assists a superior in planning and directing a major investigation program and acts for him/her in his/her absence; reviews and evaluates reports; makes or participates in more difficult or confidential field investigations; and prepares reports and correspondence.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work irregular hours and overtime in various locations throughout the State; tact; keenness of observation; good memory for names, faces, and incidents; and ability to qualify for a fiduciary bond.

For information regarding position location(s), please refer to the Eligible List Information section.

Examination Information

This examination consists of the following components:

  • Online Exam : A passing score must be achieved and is weighted 100% of the final score.

A final score of 70% must be attained to be placed on the eligible list.

In addition to evaluating the applicant's relative knowledge, skill and ability as demonstrated by quality and breadth of education/experience, emphasis in each test component will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each applicant's:

Knowledge of:

  1. Investigation techniques and procedures, and directing others in the performance of investigatory work
  2. Rules of investigatory work
  3. Rules of evidence and court procedure
  4. Principles of identification, preservation, and presentation of evidence
  5. Sources of information used in locating persons
  6. Laws of arrest, search and seizure, service of legal process, and the legal rights of citizens
  7. Interviewing techniques
  8. Duties of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies
  9. Interpreting and applying to specific cases the provisions of the laws, rules, or regulations enforced or administered
  10. Principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision and supervising a staff of investigators
  11. A manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment


Skill in:

  1. Planning, organizing, and directing investigations.


Ability to:

  1. Direct others in the performance of investigatory work
  2. Interpret and apply to specific cases the provisions of the laws, rules, or regulations enforced or administered
  3. Supervise a staff of investigators
  4. Gather, analyze, and prepare effective evidence
  5. Dictate correspondence and prepare reports
  6. Communicate effectively
  7. Establish and maintain cooperative relations with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies
  8. Analyze situations accurately
  9. Think and act quickly in emergencies and adopt an effective course of action
  10. Effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment

Eligible List Information

A Servicewide Open eligible list for the SUPERVISING SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR I (NON-PEACE OFFICER) Classification will be established for:

  • State of California

The names of successful competitors will be merged onto the eligible list(s) in order of final score regardless of test date. Eligibility expires 12 months after it is established. Applicants must then retake the examination to reestablish eligibility.

Resulting Eligibility List(s) will be used to fill vacancies throughout the State of California.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. In accordance with Government Codes 18973.1 and 18973.5, whenever any veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent-disabled veteran achieves a passing score on an open examination, he or she shall be ranked in the top rank of the resulting eligibility list. This section shall not apply to any veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.

Veteran status is verified by the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Directions to apply for Veterans' Preference are on the Veterans' Preference Application (Std. Form 1093), which is available at www.CalCareers.ca.gov, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Career Credits are not granted for examination(s) administered on an Open basis or a Promotional basis.

Supervising Special Investigator 1 (Non-Peace Officer) Training and Experience Evaluation Preview


Respond to each of the following questions by indicating how the job-related task applies to you. You are required to respond to every item.

Using the scale (Length of time) provided below, you will rate your training and/or experience performing specific job-related tasks.

For items 1-20, provide responses regarding your:

"Training and Experience" - Using the Length of Time rating scale, respond to every job-related task by choosing one option from the five scales provided, based on your training and/or experience performing each item. Please complete this for each item.

Exam Items:

  1. Implementing proper investigation techniques and procedures to direct and/or lead other in the performance of investigatory work.
  2. Gathering and obtaining information through interviews to conduct thorough investigations.
  3. Referencing the rules of evidence and techniques of identifying, preserving, seizing, and presenting evidence for the integrity of the investigation.
  4. Implementing time management techniques of efficient prioritization and completion of caseload.
  5. Conducting court procedures and/or case preparation and presentations for potential prosecution or criminal, civil, and/or administrative cases.
  6. Referencing various organizational policies and procedures relating to specific case types (e.g., disciplinary policies and administrative actions) to address criminal and/or administrative casework within the organization.
  7. Identifying resources used in locating persons and business entities to attempt to establish contact with individuals who have information pertinent to the investigation.
  8. Communicating effectively, in writing, to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive correspondence and reports relating to casework.
  9. Prioritizing casework based on level of importance and statute of limitations to ensure timely completion of program assignments without sacrificing the quality of work.
  10. Utilizing reason and logic in a variety of situations (e.g., to apply regulations, come to conclusions on investigations, gather information) to ensure validity when reviewing casework.
  11. Collecting, preserving, and preparing evidence to conduct thorough investigations.
  12. Learning, evaluating, and applying new laws, rules and regulations, and policies that may directly affect the casework and the organization to safeguard organizational compliance.
  13. Conducting on-site investigations as needed at the highest level of complexity and confidentiality.
  14. Researching and reviewing previous case files and deficiencies to ensure effective and accurate decisions are made regarding casework assignments.
  15. Planning, organizing, directing, and/or leading investigations to ensure a thorough and complete investigation.
  16. Assigning casework to staff based on availability, skillset, and developmental opportunity to ensure a thorough and complete investigation.
  17. Supervising and/or leading investigators in the performance of investigatory work to ensure complete, timely, and thorough investigations in accordance with organizational policies and procedures.
  18. Implementing decision making techniques and processes to identify, evaluate, and make appropriate decisions from a variety of alternatives and make appropriate judgement calls.
  19. Utilizing principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision to ensure investigations and casework are completed properly and in a timely manner.
  20. Developing and supporting various levels of staff using organizational policies, procedures, leadership, and mentorship skills and trainings to meet organizational mission and objectives.

Testing Departments

  • State of California

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

State of California
CalCareer Service Center
1810 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (866) 844-8671

California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

Drug Free Statement

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free State work place. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective, because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

General Information

Examination and/or Employment Application (STD 678) forms are available at the California Department of Human Resources, local offices of the Employment Development Department, and through your CalCareer Account (www.CalCareers.ca.gov).

If you meet the requirements stated on this examination bulletin, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described in this bulletin will be rated against a predetermined job-related rating, and all applicants who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

State of California reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all applicants will be notified.

General Qualifications: Applicants must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, the ability to work cooperatively with others, and a state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Eligible Lists: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) sub-divisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multi-departmental promotional, 4) service-wide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in one to four years unless otherwise stated on the bulletin.

High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the competitor is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4) for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

Accepted applicants must provide proof of identification at each in-person test session. Acceptable identification consists of a photo identification card or two forms of signed identification.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Your CalCareer Account)