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When will the next Firefighter exam be administered?The written exam is projected to be administered in the Fall of 2022. The pass/fail physical performance exam will be administered at the time of certification beginning tentatively in the Spring of 2023. The CSC website will be updated as more specific information becomes available.


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  • Where can I find the announcement and application for the entry-level Firefighter exam?The announcement and online application was available on the CSC website on July 1, 2022 and removed on September 1, 2022.

How much did it cost to apply for the entry-level Firefighter exam?The application fee for the 2022 Fire Fighter announcement was $35. For more information about application fees and exemptions, please visit the CSC website

What happens to the lists of eligible candidates from the previous entry-level Firefighter exam when the new lists from the current exam are released?When the new lists are released, the old lists expire and will no longer be used.

Will candidates who passed the previous entry-level Firefighter exam and/or physical performance test (PPT) be able to carry over their scores to the current exam?No. If you want to be on the new list(s), you have to apply for the new exam before the closing date, and then take and pass the new test when it is scheduled.

What is my Applicant ID number?In accordance with NJSA 11A:4-1, all job applicants are requested to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) on applications to establish a unique means of identifying all their records throughout the selection and appointment processes. Providing your SSN is voluntary. If you do not provide your SSN, then another unique identification number will be assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this exam.

What is an Eligible List?Candidates who pass the written examination are placed on eligible lists based on test scores, veteran status, volunteer points, and residency. Eligible lists may last between two and four years.

When will I be scheduled for the physical performance test (PPT)?The physical performance component of the examination process will be administered on a pass/fail basis at the time of list certification. For more information on the physical performance scheduling and testing process, see the (PPT) Process Description at

If your name is certified and you respond as interested, you will be scheduled to take the PPT exam via the email address that you used to apply for the exam. Once you are scheduled to take the PPT, you must appear on your scheduled test date and time, with all required materials, and be ready to be tested. Otherwise you will be removed from all Firefighter eligible lists. You must check your spam folder and/or add the email address to your safe-sender list.

Will I be allowed to take a PPT make-up exam?Make-up exams are provided in very limited cases. To receive a make-up exam, the criteria set forth in NJAC 4A:4-2.9(a) must be met. If a make-up exam is granted, you may be bypassed on the current certification, but may be included on a future certification. If the make-up is related to an injury or health-related reason, and your Medical Clearance Form was completed and signed prior to the onset of the injury/illness, you MUST bring a newly completed and signed Medical Clearance Form to your rescheduled test date.

Do volunteer Firefighters receive extra points?Yes. The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court made a determination on December 19, 2002, that interprets the preference provided by State Law N.J.S.A. 40A:14-45 to volunteer Firefighters in civil service jurisdictions. The law provides that volunteer Firefighters with at least two years of volunteer service are eligible for 3 to 10 points of service credits (points) to be added to their passing score on the exam. Volunteers with two years of continuous service will get three service credit points. Another point will be added for each additional full year of continuous service, up to the maximum of 10 points. Only continuous volunteer service time earned up to the announcement closing date will receive credit. In addition, time served as a junior volunteer does not count toward the volunteer service credit. Only when volunteers reach the age of 18 can their volunteer service time count toward the volunteer service credit.

  • Can you show an example of how Volunteer Points and Residency Preference works?Ewing Township is a civil service jurisdiction and has three volunteer fire districts (FD1, FD2 and FD3). Ewing has residential preference;

  • The City of Trenton is a civil service jurisdiction but is not a volunteer department. Trenton has residential preference;

  • Princeton has a volunteer fire department, but is not a civil service jurisdiction;

  • Ewing Township, Trenton and Princeton are all in Mercer County.

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The Tutorial Preparation Booklet has been assembled to help prepare FDNY Applicants for the upcoming New York City Firefighter exam. This booklet will provide you with valuable test and note-taking tips, along with sample math and reading comprehension exercises.

The Firefighter exam does not require you to have any special knowledge of firefighting or the Fire Department. The exam includes multiple-choice questions that test on reading, problem-solving and applying rules and concepts. Once you pass the written test, you also must do an in-person interview with FDNY Officers.

Once the exam is completed, you are considered to be a Firefighter Applicant and your name will be put on a civil service list based on order of performance and other factors. Candidates will then be called to take the physical portion of the exam. The Applicant also will undergo a medical and psychological evaluation, a drug screening, and a background check.

First, you need to apply for the firefighter exam. Next, you will want to prepare for both the written and physical portions of the exam. Once you have taken and passed both portions of the exam, your name will be placed on the list to be considered for hire.

The Rochester Fire Department will conduct an Application Assistance Workshop on December 10, 2022 to provide applicants with important hiring process information and the opportunity to ask questions about the hiring process. Topics covered include: application completion; physical agility; background investigation; residency requirement; access to exam preparation materials; and medical evaluation. We encourage all applicants to attend. Registration is required.

As of August 1, 2020 the Office of State Examiner is now responsible for calling for, accepting applications, administering and maintaining the eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter Exam. We will post for a period of 10 days for each monthly exam.

You will receive test information and your test score only by the email you supply on your application. If you have not received an email from five (5) days prior to the exam date, please contact Courtney Territo at 225-925-7053.

The information and dates provided on these pages are offered as a service to persons interested in applying for examinations. While the Office of State Examiner attempts to provide the most up-to-date information, application deadlines may change as the result of civil service board action without the knowledge of this office. Therefore, the accuracy of this information may be verified only by contacting the civil service board representative where you wish to apply to take the examination. As of August 1, 2020 the Office of State Examiner is now responsible for calling for, accepting applications, administering and maintaining the eligibility list for Entry Level Firefighter and Entry Level Police Officer Exams.

The competitive exam scores for Jailer, Secretary to the Chief, Departmental Records Clerk, Entry Level Fire Communications Officer and Entry Level Police Communications Officer are transferable. For additional information on these entry level examinations, please click here.

In the event that an examining official discovers any applicant to have any of the previously mentioned devices in his/her possession during the examination process, the applicant will be immediately disqualified from the examination and asked to leave the exam site.

Information sessions are designed to help candidates understand what is expected during the exam. An overview of the study guide will be provided, along with a question and answer session. These information sessions are optional for candidates. They are hosted by the Civil Service Commission.

Other specific skill sets are examined in the different areas of the written exam, such as the ability to memorize information in the observation and memory section, or knowledge and understanding of basic physics concepts, firefighting equipment and mechanisms, through the use of diagrams.

Although the exact test varies between states and fire departments, there are typically two parts to the exam: a physical ability test and a written test. Thorough preparation is the best way to improve your chances of success and secure a position in the fire service.

Once the eligibility list is established, potential candidates will be notified to continue the hiring process based on the staffing needs of the department. The remainder of the hiring process includes the Candidate Physical Aptitude Test (CPAT), background check, psychological evaluation, medical examination and candidate interview. These steps may be done in any order determined by the hiring committee. 041b061a72


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