LEAP Program

The Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is a recruitment and hiring program for individuals with disabilities. It provides other ways to demonstrate qualifications for employment rather than the traditional state civil service exam process.

Applying for LEAP Certification

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) must certify that you meet the disability requirements to be eligible for a LEAP class exam. You can contact the DOR and speak with a counselor to find out how to obtain LEAP certification. To find a local DOR office, here are a few different options:

If you are a Rehabilitation Client, contact your counselor to determine your eligibility.

Applying for LEAP Exams

Once you have obtained your LEAP certification from the DOR, you can apply for LEAP class examinations. In addition, you can continue to apply for traditional State examinations.

Here is a listing of current LEAP exams being offered. Once on this page, enter “LEAP” in the search engine.

Applying for Job Openings

Once you have taken a LEAP exam for a particular classification, you will be placed on a LEAP hiring list and are eligible to start applying for job openings in that particular classification. To search for job openings, visit California State Jobs and search for that classification.

For more information on how to apply at EDD, visit How to Get a State Job. Individuals with disabilities should consider using the CalCareers job search engine dedicated to LEAP.

LEAP on the Job

Examination Appointments: A selected LEAP candidate will serve a limited-term appointment for no more than one year. Prior to the examination appointment, you will be given the duty statement which explains the duties and functions of the position and what will be evaluated during the examination period. You will also be briefed on the evaluation standards for the job examination period.

Job Examination Period: A job examination period for a LEAP-certified class is the same as the probationary period of the parallel classification. During this time, your performance will be evaluated and assessed at least once every four weeks. The final evaluation will include a recommendation on whether to appoint you to the parallel classification. You will not be required to serve an additional probationary period once you are appointed to the parallel classification.  

Status of Candidate During the Job Examination Period: During the job examination period, you will not receive permanent civil service status. However, you will receive the same salary and benefits as other state employees in limited-term positions.