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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Phil Murphy • Lt.Governor Sheila Oliver
Entry-Level Examinations

The Entry-Level Public Safety Examination Process provides candidates with job opportunities in a wide variety of job titles such as: Police Officer, State and County Correction Officer, Sheriff's Officer, Fire Fighter, and many other public safety related titles.

Law Enforcement: In order to be considered for employment in an entry-level law enforcement position, applicants must submit individual applications for each jurisdiction in which they are interested in working.  Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will then be scheduled for and must pass a written exam called the Law Enforcement Examination (LEE). Titles to be included in the 2022 LEE announcement/testing cycle are posted by jurisdiction (i.e., individual municipalities, counties, or state departments).  Candidates who pass the exam will be placed on the employment list for each jurisdiction for which they applied.  The LEE is currently undergoing testing, which should complete at the end of July 2022.

Fire Fighter: Applicants interested in becoming a firefighter will need to take the entry-level firefighter written examination and the physical performance test (PPT).  The application phase for most recent entry-level firefighter examination took place between July 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022.  The exam is expected to be administered in the upcoming Fall or Winter.

Promotional Examinations

The promotional selection process in New Jersey's Civil Service System is designed to provide all applicants with an equal opportunity to compete for a promotional position. The examination serves as one objective tool in this process. Test scores will be used to identify qualified candidates and to generate a list of eligibles to be considered for appointment by each jurisdiction.

Law Enforcement: Promotional examinations for Law Enforcement titles are announced and given according to established schedules for each title group. For many of these promotional announcements, Orientation Guides are also provided. These guides are designed to give specific information regarding the testing process and to help candidates prepare for their upcoming examination. Click here for more information.

2011 Police Sergeant Consent Decree Information

Fire Fighter:  Promotional examinations for New Jersey Fire Service titles are announced and administered according to established schedules for each title group.  Additional information, including Orientation Guides and the current announcement and testing schedule, is available here:  Click here for more information

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