Current Exams

California has a merit-based civil service selection system. This ensures the state hires and promotes people based on job-related qualifications. Before you can work for the state, you need to take and pass an examination for the specific job classification.

Some positions are temporary and do not require an examination. Please review the job announcement to determine if you must first compete in an examination.

After completing the examination, candidates receive a final score and are placed on the eligibility list. Only those candidates in the top three ranks are reachable and ready for appointment. As the ranks are cleared, the next lowest rank becomes reachable.

Types of Examinations

There are two types of examinations: Open and Promotional. Open examinations are open to anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the exam bulletin for the classification regardless of their current place of employment.

Promotional examinations; however, are limited to current or recent Employment Development Department (EDD) employees with permanent status who meet the minimum qualifications listed on the exam bulletin for the classification.

The EDD administers many of its own open and promotional examinations. Additionally, the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) administers many open examinations which are used by the EDD and other state agencies.

How to Apply for an Exam

To learn how to apply for an exam, follow the steps listed on the How to Get a State Job page. Applicants must also follow the how to apply instructions listed on the exam bulletin.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a courtesy of EDD’s Human Resource Services Division (HRSD). It is the responsibility of each individual to review the actual exam bulletin accessible below.

Open Exams

Open Examinations Scheduled for the Employment Development Department
Classification Final Filing Date Location Exam Type Exam Method Additional Information
Accountant I (Specialist) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accountant I (Specialist) Bulletin (PDF)
Accountant Trainee Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accountant Trainee Bulletin (PDF)
Accounting Administrator I (Specialist) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accounting Administrator I (Specialist) Bulletin (PDF)
Accounting Administrator I (Supervisor) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accounting Administrator I (Supervisor) Bulletin (PDF)
Accounting Administrator II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accounting Administrator II Bulletin (PDF)
Accounting Officer (Specialist) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Accounting Officer (Specialist) Bulletin (PDF)
Accounting Technician Continuous Testing Statewide Online Written Exam Online Accounting Technician Bulletin (PDF)
Administrative Assistant I Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Administrative Assistant I Bulletin (PDF)
Associate Budget Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Associate Budget Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Associate Governmental Program Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Associate Governmental Program Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Attorney (formerly Staff Counsel) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Attorney Bulletin (PDF)
Attorney III (formerly Staff Counsel III (Specialist)) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Attorney III Bulletin (PDF)
Custodian (LEAP) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Custodian (LEAP) Bulletin (PDF)
Custodian Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Custodian Bulletin (PDF)
Employment Program Representative
and
Disability Insurance Program Representative
Continuous Testing Statewide Life Experience Questionnaire Online Employment Program Representative and Disability Insurance Program Representative Bulletin (PDF)
Executive Assistant Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Executive Assistant Bulletin (PDF)
Executive Secretary I Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Executive Secretary I Bulletin (PDF)
Executive Secretary II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Executive Secretary II Bulletin (PDF)
Information Officer I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Officer I Bulletin (PDF)
Information Officer II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Officer II Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Technician Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Technician Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Associate Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Associate Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Specialist I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Specialist I Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Specialist II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Specialist II Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Specialist III Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Specialist III Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Supervisor I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Supervisor I Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Supervisor II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Supervisor II Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Manager I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Manager I Bulletin (PDF)
Information Technology Manager II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Information Technology Manager II Bulletin (PDF)
Investigator Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Investigator Bulletin (PDF)
Key Data Operator Continuous Testing Statewide Performance In Person Key Data Operator Bulletin (PDF)
Labor Relations Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Labor Relations Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Labor Relations Manager I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Labor Relations Manager I Bulletin (PDF)
Labor Relations Manager II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Labor Relations Manager II Bulletin (PDF)
Labor Relations Specialist Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Labor Relations Specialist Bulletin (PDF)
Legal Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Legal Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Maintenance Mechanic Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Maintenance Mechanic Bulletin (PDF)
Management Services Technician Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Management Services Technician Bulletin (PDF)
Office Assistant Series (LEAP) Continuous Testing Statewide Readiness Evaluation Online Office Assistant Series (LEAP) Bulletin (PDF)
Office Technician Series (LEAP) Continuous Testing Statewide Readiness Evaluation Online Office Technician Series (LEAP) Bulletin (PDF)
Office Assistant (General)
and
Office Assistant (Typing)
Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Office Assistant (General) and Office Assistant (Typing) Bulletin (PDF)
Office Technician (General)
and
Office Technician (Typing)
Continuous Testing Statewide On-Line Written Exam Online Office Technician (General) and Office Technician (Typing) Bulletin (PDF)
Personnel Specialist Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Personnel Specialist Bulletin (PDF)
Personnel Supervisor I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Personnel Supervisor I Bulletin (PDF)
Personnel Supervisor II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Personnel Supervisor II Bulletin (PDF)
Program Technician (LEAP) Continuous Testing Statewide Readiness Evaluation Online Program Technician (LEAP) Bulletin (PDF)
Program Technician Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Program Technician Bulletin (PDF)
Program Technician II Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Program Technician II Bulletin (PDF)
Program Technician III Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Program Technician III Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Analyst I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Analyst I Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Analyst II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Analyst II Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Specialist I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Specialist I Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Specialist II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Specialist II Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Specialist III Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Specialist III Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Supervisor I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Supervisor I Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Supervisor II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Supervisor II Bulletin (PDF)
Research Data Manager Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Research Data Manager Bulletin (PDF)
Secretary Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Secretary Bulletin (PDF)
Senior Accounting Officer (Specialist) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Senior Accounting Officer (Specialist) Bulletin (PDF)
Senior Accounting Officer (Supervisor) Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Senior Accounting Officer (Supervisor) Bulletin (PDF)
Senior Legal Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Senior Legal Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Senior Personnel Specialist Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Senior Personnel Specialist Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Analyst Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Staff Services Analyst Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Analyst (General) (LEAP) Continuous Testing Statewide Readiness Evaluation Online Staff Services Analyst (General) (LEAP) Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Manager I Continuous Testing Statewide Qualifications Assessment Online Staff Services Manager I Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Manager II (Supervisory) Continuous Testing Statewide Qualifications Assessment Online Staff Services Manager II (Supervisory) Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Manager III Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Staff Services Manager III Bulletin (PDF)
Staff Services Management Auditor Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Staff Services Management Auditor Bulletin (PDF)
Supervising Criminal Investigator I November 6, 2020 Statewide Qualifications Assessment Online Supervising Criminal Investigator I Bulletin (PDF)
Supervising Criminal Investigator II November 6, 2020 Statewide Qualifications Assessment Online Supervising Criminal Investigator II Bulletin (PDF)
Supervising Program Technician I Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Supervising Program Technician I Bulletin (PDF)
Supervising Program Technician II Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Supervising Program Technician II Bulletin (PDF)
Supervising Program Technician III Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Supervising Program Technician III Bulletin (PDF)
Tax Auditor, EDD (Auditor I) Continuous Testing Statewide Qualifications Assessment Online Auditor I Bulletin (Auditor I exam is used to fill for Tax Auditor positions) (PDF)
Tax Compliance Representative, EDD Continuous Testing Statewide Training & Experience Online Tax Compliance Representative, EDD (Tri-Agency Compliance Exam) Bulletin (PDF)
Warehouse Worker Continuous Testing Statewide Written In Person Warehouse Worker Bulletin (PDF)

Career Executive Assignment (CEA) Exams

*View all current vacancies for CEA and exempt positions at the Employment Development Department on CalCareers.

Promotional Exams

Promotional Examinations Scheduled for the Employment Development Department
Classification Final Filing Date Location Additional Information
Employment Program Representative/Disability Insurance Program Representative (LEAP) November 2, 2020 Statewide Employment Program Representative/Disability Insurance Program Representative (LEAP) (PDF)
Employment Development Specialist I October 27, 2020 Statewide Employment Development Specialist I (PDF)