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State of New Jersey, Civil Service Commission
Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno
 
 
  1. How often does CSC hold tests for entry-level Firefighters?
  2. When will the new test be held?
  3. Where can I find announcement and application for entry level Firefighter exam?
  4. What does it cost to apply for entry-level Firefighter exams?
  5. Why does it cost $35 to apply for entry-level Firefighter exams?
  6. What happens to the lists of eligible candidates from previous entry-level Firefighter test when the new lists from current exam are released?
  7. Will candidates who passed previous entry-level Firefighter exam be able to carry over their scores to the current exam?
  8. What is my Applicant ID number?
  9. How can I get veterans preference?
  10. Once I take it, may I review the test?
  11. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
  12. What is a certification?
  13. Who does the actual hiring?
  14. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed or appointed?
  15. What about tie scores?
  16. Do veterans get preference?
  17. Do volunteer Firefighters receive extra points?

  1. How often does CSC hold tests for entry-level Firefighters?
    A new Job Analysis (JA) for the entry-level Firefighter position is on-going through 2014.  The next Firefighter announcement will be released after the JA and new test plan are completed.  Please monitor our website and this report for more information as it becomes available.

    The current Firefighter lists issued on December 12, 2011.  These lists were extended in December 2013 and they will be extended once again in December 2014 and remain active until December 2015.

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  2. When will the new test be held?
    New test date has yet to be determined.  Please watch the CSC website beginning in 2015 as more specific information becomes available.
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  3. Where can I find announcement and application for entry level Firefighter exam?
    Both the announcement and application (on-line only) will be available on the CSC website. 
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  4. What does it cost to apply for entry-level Firefighter exams?
    The application fee for the Firefighter examination is $35. For more information about fees and exemptions, visit our
    9 Steps to a New Career.

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  5. Why does it cost $35 to apply for entry-level Firefighter exams?
    The application fee offsets the cost of the Firefighter testing. The expenses associated with Firefighter testing are very high and include rental of dozens of facilities throughout the state on multiple dates, and hundreds of staff are scheduled to administer the exam.  Also, portions of the test may be purchased from a private vendor who may be paid to score the exam.

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  6. What happens to the lists of eligible candidates from previous entry-level Firefighter test when the new lists from current exam are released?
    When the new lists are released, the old ones expire and will not be used any further.

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  7. Will candidates who passed previous entry-level Firefighter exam 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 take and pass the new test when it is scheduled.

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  8. 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 of their records throughout the selection and appointment processes. Providing the SSN is voluntary. If you do not provide your SSN, another unique identification number will be assigned to you, and that number will appear on all subsequent records related to this test.

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  9. How can I get veterans preference?

    You will need to meet the veterans' preference requirements of the NJ Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (NJDMVA) in order to claim veterans' preference for any examination. If you do meet those requirements, you'll want to claim veterans' preference on the application form and submit the required proof to be awarded the preference for the Firefighter examination and all future CSC exams. If you do not submit the required documentation, you will not be able to claim veterans' status for this announcement.

    If you believe you meet the requirements but have not established veterans' preference since April 1, 1980, you should do so now. Completed claim forms (http://www.state.nj.us/military/veterans/njdmava_form_05A-1.pdf), along with the required documentation, must be submitted directly to the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. You may visit NJDMVA's web site or contact them at 1-888-865-8387 to obtain a Civil Service Veterans Preference Claim Form or for more information.

    You don't have to wait for an exam to be announced to file for veteran's preference - in fact we encourage you to do it as soon as possible to ensure that your paperwork is processed on time for this exam. Preference must be established no later than 8 days prior to list issuance, and once established, is good for life.

     

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  10. Once I take it, may I review the test?
    To protect the security of this examination, there will be no review of any test material.

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  11. If I pass the test, will you tell me my rank on the list?
    The eligibility notice will include your final average, veteran status and rank on the list for each jurisdiction that you are eligible.

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  12. What is a certification?
    It is a list of names that we provide to an Appointing Authority (AA) for a specific jurisdiction to use for their hiring process.

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  13. Who does the actual hiring?
    Each jurisdiction has its own Appointing Authority (AA) for the selection process. The CSC reviews the AA's documentation for each certification to ensure compliance with related rules and regulations. The CSC is not the Appointing Authority for entry-level Firefighter positions.

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  14. Does being certified mean I’ll be interviewed or appointed?
    No. It means you MAY be interviewed and/or considered for appointment if you are reachable on the certification list.

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  15. What about tie scores?
    We don't break ties. Candidates who have the same final average and veteran's status have equal ranking on a certification. For example, if there are 20 people on the certification with the same final average and they're all non-veterans, they will be listed in alphabetical order by their last names, but they all have the same rank on that certification. If one of them is reachable for an appointment, all are reachable and the Appointing Authority may hire any one of them.

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  16. Do veterans get preference?
    Yes, eligible candidates awarded disabled veteran status or veteran status under New Jersey law are grouped at the top of the employment list by their veteran status and then by their final averages. Disabled veterans are placed above veterans who, in turn, are placed ahead of non-veterans.

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  17. Do volunteer Firefighters receive extra points?
    Yes, Volunteer Firefighters receive extra points. The Appellate Division of 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 volunteers 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.

    New Jersey Civil Service rule N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.15 (g) provides that the highest score for examination performance shall be 90 percent, to which the service credit points shall be added. The service credit points shall be calculated by adding one point to the years of service. For example, three points are added for two years of service, four points are added for three years of service and so on up to 10 points maximum. Any service time in excess of nine years shall be awarded the 10 point maximum. The service credit is calculated as of the Closing Date for filing applications for the examination announcement. There will be one list for each jurisdiction which will include both volunteers and non-volunteers. Volunteer points are ONLY awarded for volunteer service in fire departments or districts that have BOTH paid and volunteer firefighters. For example, if you volunteer in Newark or Jersey City or any other strictly paid fire department, you will NOT receive any volunteer points. Volunteer departments and districts are clearly noted on the application by * or **.

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