Exam Code: EX-478

Examination Plans Included:


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

Classification Details

  • ASSOCIATE ACCOUNTING ANALYST: $4,829.00 - $6,229.00 per Month

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):


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.jobs.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.


Education Requirement: Either 1

Equivalent to graduation from college with a specialization in accounting. (Registration as a senior student in a
recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination, but they must produce evidence of successful
completion of the curriculum and the prescribed courses before they may be considered eligible for appointment.)

Or 2

Completion of the equivalent of 45 semester units given by a collegiate-grade residence or correspondence institution,
of which 24 units must include courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, first semester intermediate
accounting and advanced accounting (or second semester intermediate accounting), fund/governmental accounting,
cost accounting, auditing, business law, computer applications/management information systems. (Persons who will
complete course work requirements during the current quarter or semester will be admitted to the examination,
but they must produce evidence of successful completion of the curriculum and the prescribed courses before they
may be considered eligible for appointment.)


Experience Requirement: Either 1

One year of experience in the California state service performing accounting analyst, professional accounting,
accounting systems or auditing duties at a level of responsibility equivalent to Accounting Analyst, Range C.

Or 2

Three years of increasingly responsible accounting analyst, professional accounting, accounting systems or
auditing experience in a governmental or private setting. (Experience in the California state service applied
toward this requirement must include at least one year performing the duties of a class at a level of responsibility
not less than that of Accounting Analyst, Range C.)

Promotional candidates who have completed the education requirement and who are within six months of satisfying
the experience requirement for this class will be admitted to the examination, but they must fully meet the experience
requirement before being eligible for appointment.

Position Description


This is the full journey level, requiring independence and proficiency in handling complex and difficult assignments. Incumbents may serve as leadpersons but are not responsible for the direct supervision of other Accounting Analysts or other accounting staff.

Ability to qualify for a fidelity bond. Preferred additional education includes coursed in statistics, business finance, mathematics, college composition, speech/oral communications and/or business composition.

Examination Scope

This examination consists of the following components:

  • Supplemental Report : 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: Accounting principles and procedures; governmental accounting and budgeting; principles of electronic
data processing; principles of policy formulation; statistical methods; principles of finance; business law;
principles of business management; the uniform accounting system and the financial organization and procedures of
the State of California, policies, rules, and regulations of the Legislature, State Controller, State Treasurer,
Department of Finance, and central control agencies as they relate to State agency financial management activities.

Ability to: Apply accounting principles and practices; analyze data and draw sound conclusions; analyze situations
accurately and adopt an effective course of action; prepare clear, comprehensive, and concise reports; apply
principles of finance and develop financial policy; apply statistical methods; analyze a variety of accounting
data; identify trends, make projections, and draw conclusions; make sound decisions and recommendations with
regard to accounting problems; work closely with operating managers to identify accounting office capabilities
as they apply to a variety of program needs; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted
in the work; interpret and apply laws, rules, standards and procedures; and communicate effectively.

Eligible List Information

A Servicewide Open eligible list for the ASSOCIATE ACCOUNTING ANALYST 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.

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 Jobs.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.


Persons retired from the United States military or honorably discharged from active duty shall be eligible to
compete in promotional examinations for which they meet the minimum qualifications as prescribed by the class
specification. Persons receiving passing scores shall have their names placed on the promotional eligibility
lists resulting from these examinations. In evaluating minimum qualifications, related military experience shall
be considered State civil service experience in a class deemed comparable by CalHR, based on the duties and
responsibilities assigned (Section 18991).

For cases in which promotional examinations are given by more than one department for the same classification,
the veteran shall select one department for which to compete. Once this selection is made, it cannot be changed
for the duration of the promotional list eligibility established from the examination in which the veteran
participated. Employees may request a transfer of list eligibility between departments in the same manner
as provided for civil service employees (Section 18991).


The following link leads to a preview of the test items for the Associate Accounting Analyst Training and Experience examination:  https://jobs.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/5PB39E.pdf

Testing Departments

    • State of California

Contact Information

Questions regarding this examination should be directed to:

State of California
Department of Human Resources
CalCareer Service Center
1515 "S" Street, North Bldg.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (866) 844-8671

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all regardless of age, ancestry, color, denial of family and medical care leave, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military and veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation of any person.

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 accessible on the internet at www.calhr.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 bullein 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, initiatve, 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: Equilavence to completeion 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, substituion 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)