Exam Bulletin - Fire Apparatus Engineer (1077)

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Exam Code: EX-1763

Examination Plans Included:


Final Filing Date: 6/24/2024

Classification Details

FIRE APPARATUS ENGINEER: $4,630.00 - $5,718.00 per Month

View the FIRE APPARATUS ENGINEER classification specification.

Application Instructions

Final Filing Date: 6/24/2024.

Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) must be received or postmarked by the filing date indicated above. Applications postmarked, personally delivered or received via interoffice mail after the filing date will not be accepted.

Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

If using the United States Postal Service (USPS) for delivery, there is no guarantee that your application will be postmarked and arrive by the final filing date. If your application does not have a postmark and arrives after the final filing date, your application may not be accepted into the examination. Therefore, to ensure timely delivery of your application, it is recommended that you use either parcel service, or certified mail. Using one of these options will provide proof the application was sent prior to the final filing date.


The Fire Apparatus Engineer classification is eligible for the following pay: 

$4,630 - $5,718 Base Salary (paid every month)
$2,300 - $2,840 Extended Duty Week Compensation (paid every 4 weeks)
$ 85,460 - $105,536 Annual Compensation

*In addition to the pay items listed above, employees are eligible for retirement and medical benefits (health, dental, vision) and may be eligible for other pay differentials.

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):


All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements by the start of the examination, unless otherwise noted.

  • Once you have participated in this examination, you may not test again for six (6) months.
  • Applicants who have not passed probation in this classification are encouraged to apply.

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.

You may apply by mail to:

  • Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
    Attention: Examination Unit
    710 Riverpoint Ct.
    West Sacramento, CA 95605

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678).

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

  • Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
    Attention: Examination Unit
    710 Riverpoint Ct.
    West Sacramento, CA 95605
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Indicate the Examination Code and Classification(s) on your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678). All applicants must provide proof of identification. Accepted forms of identification are: 1) a photo identification card or 2) two forms of signed identification.

Please note the following:

1.) A State Application (STD 678) is REQUIRED and must be submitted.

2.) All applicants must include "from" and "to" employment dates (month/day/year), time base, and applicable civil service class titles on their STD 678. Applications received without this information may be rejected.

3.) Candidates that wish to apply unplanned overtime hours towards the experience requirements outlined in the Minimum Qualifications section of this bulletin, MUST complete the Unplanned Overtime (OT) Questionnaire. Please copy and paste this URL into your web browser to access this form: https://www.fire.ca.gov/-/media/36B2F1AA2D7F4FA281AAEC6E0FA7F827


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.


Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Applicants who do not possess the license will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license prior to appointment. AND



Eight months of fire-fighting experience.


Enrollment in the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Preapprenticeship Outreach Program. AND

Three months' fire-fighting experience until December 31, 1983; six months' fire-fighting experience until December 31, 1984; or eight months' fire-fighting experience thereafter.


Two years of experience as a certified volunteer firefighter. (Candidates who are within two months of satisfying the experience requirement under Pattern I above for this class will be admitted to the examination, but they must fully meet the experience requirement before being eligible for appointment.)


Two years of experience as a Fire Prevention Specialist II and successful completion of the mandatory training courses prescribed for a Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Fire Fighter I.

Position Description


Under general supervision, to operate fire apparatus during wildland and structural fire-fighting operations; to lead an assigned crew in the performance of fire-fighting duties; to maintain and make minor repairs on vehicles, equipment, and the fire stations; to perform fire prevention tasks; may perform paramedic duties; and to do other related work.


Drives and operates a fire apparatus such as pumper, water tank, or rescue trucks in connection with extinguishing wildland, structural, and other fires, and in fire prevention and rescue work; leads a crew; performs paramedic duties; performs maintenance and simple repairs on equipment; makes reports on the operation of equipment; uses maps; operates two-way radio as necessary; may act as fire captain relief; assists in training crews to fight fire efficiently and safely; checks, cleans, and polishes trucks; does general station maintenance and repair work; especially during non-fire season; assists in building roads, trails, telephone lines, and minor structures; as a learner, may operate other heavy equipment when required; makes fire law inspections; investigates fire causes; prepares and presents fire prevention programs to the public; keeps records and prepares reports.


Eligibles selected for positions in this classification are placed in an apprenticeship program. Permanent appointments are conditional upon successful completion of the training program.


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

Examination Information

This examination consists of the following component(s):

Component OrderComponent TypeComponent DuePercentage of Final Score
1WrittenAfter Acceptance100%

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


The written examination will be administered in an online format consisting of job-related multiple-choice questions.

Candidates will be provided via email: ClassMarker Test Link

Candidates will need the following: A cell phone, tablet, or computer with access to RELIABLE internet connection.

Recommended Compatible Web Browsers: Microsoft Edge, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera.

Information regarding the examination will ONLY be sent to the email address provided on your State Application (STD 678). *Please ensure you have access to the email address provided*

Check your email (including spam and junk) for more examination details during the week of July 22, 2024.

It is anticipated the online written examination will be held in August/September 2024.

(Candidates that do NOT test during the designated testing window will be disqualified from the examination.)

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. Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes, Safety Zones (LCES) to mitigate incidents safely.
  2. Wildland firefighting safety rules of engagement (e.g., 10 Standard Firefighting Orders; 18 Situations That Shout Watch Out; Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes, Safety Zones) for safe operations.
  3. Principles and practices of emergency medical procedures (e.g., Basic Life Support [BLS], Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation [CPR], Automated External Defibrillator [AED]) to safely respond to and render medical aid.
  4. Patient assessment (e.g., vital signs, skin signs, level of consciousness) to effectively treat patients at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level.
  5. Emergency scene safety practices (e.g., traffic, life safety hazards, apparatus placement) to ensure the safety of the public and emergency response personnel.
  6. Basic fire behavior (e.g., types, phases, characteristics) to identify the most effective extinguishing methods.
  7. Safety gear (e.g., Personal Protective Equipment [PPE], traffic vest, fire shelter) to ensure compliance with safety rules, regulations, and personal safety.
  8. Fire suppression principles for various types of fire (e.g., structural, vehicle, wildland) to safely and effectively mitigate an incident.
  9. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policies (e.g., two in – two out, accountability, lock out – tag out) to ensure personnel safety and compliance with Federal and State law.
  10. The strategies and tactics (e.g., indirect, direct, combination) used to safely and effectively suppress various types of fires (e.g., vehicle, structure, wildland).
  11. Emergency operations (e.g., fires, rescues, hazardous materials incidents) to mitigate incidents in a safe and efficient manner.
  12. Fire tools and equipment (e.g., chainsaw, axe, ventilation fans) to ensure proper use and maintenance.
  13. Life hazard notification policies (e.g., Emergency Command Center notification, Three Stripes You’re Out, personnel accountability) to ensure firefighter and scene safety.
  14. Safety precautions (e.g., Personal Protective Equipment [PPE], body substance isolation, proper needle disposal) to provide protection from communicable diseases.
  15. Defensive driving techniques (e.g., traffic laws, intersection approach, utilization of warning devices) to safely operate Department vehicles in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  16. Wildland-urban interface strategies and tactics for structure defense.
  17. Heat related illness and/or injuries to comply with Department policies and procedures.
  18. Fire hose types (e.g., attack, supply) to ensure appropriate use in fire suppression and other activities.
  19. Fire apparatus (e.g., engine, truck, rescue) and their capabilities for effective use and maintenance.
  20. Structural chainsaw operations (e.g., rescue, ventilation, overhaul) to ensure life, safety, and compliance with Department Chainsaw policy.
  21. Fire service ladders (e.g., testing, maintenance, use) to ensure operational readiness and personnel and public safety.
  22. Emergency and non-emergency vehicles (e.g., engine, ladder truck, rescue) operations to ensure safe and effective utilization according to Federal, State, and local regulations, and Department policies and procedures.
  23. Basic vehicle maintenance and repair (e.g., pre-trip inspection, scheduled maintenance, brake adjustment) to ensure safety and operational readiness.
  24. The Department’s chain of command to ensure effective operation within the Department.
  25. Building construction (e.g., wood frame, masonry, metal frame) to determine appropriate fire suppression tactics and ensure firefighter safety.
  26. Extinguishing agents (e.g., water, foam, dry chemicals, Halon, gel) and their appropriate application during fire suppression for safe and effective fire operations.
  27. Command systems (e.g., Incident Command System, National Incident Management System) for proper organization and structure.
  28. Various terminology (e.g., Incident Command System, medical, fire) to communicate effectively.
  29. Standard response plans (e.g., medical, wildland, structure) for appropriate response to incidents.
  30. Hazardous material incident operations to analyze the situation and determine the appropriate actions (e.g., isolate and deny entry, lock-out tag-out, dike or dam the flow) to safely minimize and/or mitigate an incident.
  31. Fire ground hydraulics (e.g., gallons per minute, pump operations, friction loss) to provide safe and effective water use.
  32. Rescue and extrication (e.g., vehicle, building, trench) techniques to safely and effectively remove entrapped victims.
  33. Utility control (e.g., water, gas, electrical) to ensure personnel safety during incidents.
  34. Maintenance and inspection methods for safety gear (e.g., Personal Protective Equipment [PPE], traffic vest, fire shelter) to ensure compliance with safety rules, regulations, and personal safety.
  35. Reference materials (e.g., Incident Response Pocket Guide [IRPG], Field Operations Guide, Fireline Handbook) to ensure firefighter safety and survival.
  36. Safe food handling methods to ensure the health and wellbeing of personnel to avoid food borne pathogens.
  37. Wildland chainsaw operations (e.g., felling, brushing, limbing) for fire control and firefighter safety per National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and Department policies and procedures.
  38. The state-wide radio call plan to effectively communicate with Emergency Command Centers and other emergency responders.
  39. California Vehicle Code as it applies to the operation of commercial vehicles and emergency vehicles on the highways.
  40. Fire hose maintenance (e.g., testing, proper storage) to ensure operational readiness and firefighter safety.
  41. Suppression resources (e.g., hand crew, dozers, aircraft) for ordering resources based on capabilities to ensure effective operations.
  42. Department forms (e.g., incident, personnel, procurement) for effective job performance.
  43. Navigational aids (e.g., Global Positioning System [GPS], maps, compass, Automated Vehicle Locator [AVL]) for assistance in navigation and mapmaking.
  44. Tactics and techniques (e.g., observation, retardant drop, mapping) used in aerial firefighting to assist in fire suppression activities.
  45. Fire protection systems (e.g., sprinkler systems, fire department connections, standpipes, alarm systems) for preplanning and fire suppression.
  46. Ropes and related equipment and their proper use and maintenance to ensure operational readiness.
  47. Specialized rescue procedures (e.g., high and low angle, water, confined space) to safely and effectively rescue entrapped victims.
  48. The proper uses and abilities of transport resources (e.g., ambulance, air-ambulance, rescue helicopters) to ensure patient is provided proper transport to appropriate medical facility.
  49. Basic mechanical systems (e.g., lowering, hauling, winching) for rescue operations.
  50. Applicable Department policies and procedures (e.g., material management, safety, procurement) for effective job performance.
  51. Basic human anatomy for effective treatment of patients during medical emergencies.
  52. Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) laws, rules, and regulations to ensure compliance and information security.
  53. California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 22, Division 9 pertaining to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to ensure proper medical care.
  54. The various fire cause classifications (e.g., arson, electrical, vehicle) for statistical and investigative purposes.
  55. Hazardous material incident command structure (e.g., Technical Reference Specialist, Entry Team Leader, Decontamination Leader) to safely mitigate an incident.
  56. Helicopters and helitack equipment capabilities (e.g., rescue, suppression, crew transport) for use in air operations.
  57. Federal, State, and local regulations affecting emergency plans (e.g., operating plans, response plans, pre-plans) to ensure personnel are in compliance during emergency operations.
  58. Hazardous material storage (e.g., bulk fuel, insecticides, flammable liquids) to ensure environmental safety and compliance with Federal, State, and local laws.
  59. Fire prevention principles and practices (e.g., defensible space, school programs, weed abatement) to prevent fires and provide fire safety.
  60. Basic construction (e.g., buildings, trails, water systems) for appropriate maintenance and project completion.
  61. Helicopter and helitack safety procedures (e.g., crash rescue, pre-flight briefing, approaching the aircraft) to ensure the safety of personnel.
  62. Applicable codes, laws, rules, and regulations (e.g., Public Resource Code, Health and Safety Code, Penal Code, Uniform Fire Code) to ensure appropriate application in all administrative and firefighter activities.
  63. Mathematical calculations (e.g., algebra, arithmetic, geometry) for effective job performance.
  64. Inventory practices (e.g., Material Requisition Transfer, Safety Data Sheet, service center operations) to ensure operational readiness.


Skill to:

  1. Do appropriate fire and safety gear (e.g., Nomex, turnouts, vests) to provide for firefighter safety according to Department policy.
  2. Operate Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus [SCBA] equipment for effective operation and use.
  3. Perform arduous physical activity (e.g., running, hiking, climbing) in all conditions and terrain for effective job performance.
  4. Safely drive and operate emergency equipment (e.g., utility vehicles, fire apparatus, crew buses) through adverse conditions (e.g., mountainous and/or rough terrain, heavy traffic, long drives, inclement weather).
  5. Render basic medical aid (e.g., cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation, oxygen administration, control bleeding) to stabilize patients.
  6. Operate various fire pumps (e.g., vehicle, portable, auxiliary) for safe and effective use during fire suppression and training.
  7. Operate firefighting equipment (e.g., hoses, extinguishers, ladders) for safe and effective use during fire suppression and training.
  8. Don infectious control Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (e.g., mask, gloves, eye protection) to provide for firefighter safety according to Department policy.
  9. Construct a fire line using tools (e.g., power, hand, firing devices) to limit fire spread in various fuel types and conditions.
  10. Manipulate various tools (e.g., power, hand, firing devices) for safe and effective use.
  11. Tie knots (e.g., bowline, clove hitch, family of eights) to prepare patients, personnel, or equipment for movement and rescue.
  12. Safely prepare food to ensure health and wellbeing of personnel and to avoid food borne pathogens.
  13. Use navigation tools (e.g., Global Positioning System [GPS], map, compass) for assistance in navigation and mapmaking.
  14. Perform mechanical repairs on vehicles and small appliances (e.g., replace bulbs, tires) to ensure operational readiness.


Ability to:

  1. Recognize life safety hazards and make appropriate decisions for an effective resolution.
  2. Quickly prepare self for response to an emergency for effective job performance.
  3. Exercise good judgement in emergency situations to ensure safe and effective operations.
  4. Maintain situational awareness during stressful situations for safe and effective outcome.
  5. Administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in medical emergencies to provide the highest level of care to the public.
  6. Adequately administer emergency medical care to ill or injured persons to stabilize the patient.
  7. Operate various fire hoses (e.g., charged, bundled) for appropriate application during fire suppression and other activities.
  8. Lead personnel (e.g., coworkers, crews, cooperating agencies) in emergency and non-emergency situations to accomplish tasks.
  9. Recognize the characteristics of smoke (e.g., volume, velocity, density, color [VVDC]) to determine operational needs and safety factors.
  10. Recognize sensitive situations (e.g., crime scene, fatality accident) to maintain confidentiality.
  11. Hike on steep and uneven terrain while carrying equipment in all weather conditions for effective job performance.
  12. Perform suppression activities in and around Immediate Danger to Life and Health (IDLH) atmospheres utilizing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (e.g., Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus [SCBA], turnouts, hazmat) to ensure safe operations.
  13. Recognize the characteristics of fire behavior to ensure firefighter and public safety.
  14. Properly manage fireline personnel emergencies (e.g., wildland, structural) to provide prompt care and treatment.
  15. Analyze situations for development and implementation of an effective course of action during emergency and non-emergency situations.
  16. Communicate effectively using a variety of terminology (e.g., incident command system, medical, fire) for safe and effective operation.
  17. Follow written and oral instructions to ensure a safe and effective operations.
  18. Check vital signs of patient to determine whether circulation and respiration are functional and adequate.
  19. Instruct others (e.g., employees, public) in emergency and non-emergency situations to ensure safe and effective operations.
  20. Handle (e.g., maneuver, position, carry) various sizes of fire hose (e.g., large diameter) for appropriate application during fire suppression and other activities.
  21. Recognize the critically ill or injured (e.g., acute vs. non-acute) for proper patient care.
  22. Safely use and maintain firefighting tools and equipment (e.g., chainsaw, axe, ventilation fans) to accomplish tasks.
  23. Receive incoming telephone or alarm system calls regarding emergency and non-emergency fire service, ambulance service, information, and after hours calls for the Departments within a city and/or county to respond with the proper resources.
  24. Manage emergency incidents according to established procedures (e.g., laws, policies, agency agreements).
  25. Write legibly to ensure effective communications.
  26. Use mobile communication devices (e.g., cell phones, two-way radios, Mobile Data Computers) for effective communication.
  27. Assign, direct, track, and evaluate operational resources for appropriate use and their effectiveness.
  28. Neutralize stressful situations in emergency and non-emergency settings to ensure safe and effective operations.
  29. Climb stairs (e.g., high rise, multi-story structures) while carrying equipment in adverse environments to complete tasks.
  30. Determine appropriate strategies and tactics (e.g., Rescue, Exposures, Confinement, Extinguish, Overhaul, Ventilation, Salvage [RECEO-VS], defensive vs. offensive, mode of operations) in emergency situations according to industry standards to ensure safe and effective operations.
  31. Operate Department and cooperating agencies’ mobile equipment to safely and effectively complete daily tasks.
  32. Tie knots and anchors to facilitate rescues, secure items, and complete projects.
  33. Verbally communicate effectively to a variety of audiences (e.g., patients, coworkers, stakeholders) to maintain effective relationships.
  34. Manage time effectively, multi-task, and prioritize assignments in order to meet objectives.
  35. Prioritize, schedule, and delegate assignments in order to accomplish daily duties and activities.
  36. Evaluate operational resources for appropriate use and effectiveness.
  37. Read and interpret reference materials (e.g., training materials, policies, reports) for effective application.
  38. Safely coordinate resources (e.g., air, ground, water) with operations to maximize effective use of available resources.
  39. Analyze terrain and hazards to identify a safe landing zone for rotary wing aircraft.
  40. Troubleshoot mechanical problems (e.g., power tools, hydraulic, mobile) to ensure safe and effective repairs are completed.
  41. Analyze and assess effectiveness of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (e.g., audit reports, patient outcome, data collection) to ensure proper patient care.
  42. Assist in personnel functions (e.g., hiring, performance management, training) to meet the Department’s mission, vision, and values.
  43. Accurately provide pre-arrival instructions to callers for provision of pre-hospital care.

Eligible List Information

A Departmental Open eligible list for the FIRE APPARATUS ENGINEER Classification will be established for:

  • Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

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.

Successful candidates from this administration will be merged onto the current, existing eligibility list for the Fire Apparatus Engineer classification. Candidates' list eligibility is guaranteed for a minimum of 12 months, but may be extended up to 48 months, depending on the needs of the Department. 

It is recommended that candidates apply for this examination if one or more of the following is true:

  • You are a Limited Term (LT) hire.
  • You have NOT passed probation in this classification.
  • You are a Temporary Appointment (TAU) hire. 
  • You are not on the current eligibility list.

Veterans' Preference will be granted for this examination. Veterans' Preference is an assistance program for veterans, veteran widows and widowers, and spouses of 100% disabled veterans who seek employment with the state. Veterans' Preference is also extended to currently serving military members nearing their retirement or separation date.

You are not eligible for Veteran's Preference if you are:

  • A veteran who has been dishonorably discharged or released.
  • A veteran, widow or widower of a veteran, or spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran who currently has permanent civil service status. (Permanent civil service status is the status of an employee who is lawfully retained in his/her position after completion of the applicable probationary period. This does not include limited term).

Veterans' Preference is codified in Government Code Sections 18973 – 18979.

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.

Testing Departments

  • Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

CAL FIRE Examination Unit
710 Riverpoint Ct.
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Phone: (916) 894-9580

CAL FIRE Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
710 Riverpoint Ct.
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Phone: (916) 894-9570 ext. Option 3

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.

Department of Forestry & Fire Protection 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)
By Mail
In Person (see bulletin for details)
Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this examination without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Exam Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Exam Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD678)

Accommodation Request (STD679)