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Schenectady County Civil Service Examinations
General Conditions and Instructions

Application Forms.  Applications may be obtained at the Schenectady County Civil Service Office or on the website at  Candidates will be notified of the time and place of the examination.

Application Deadline.  Applications postmarked after midnight of the last filing date will not be considered eligible for this examination.

Change of Address.  You must notify the Civil Service Office of any change of address.

Special Rights for Military Personnel.

Examination Fee. The Schenectady County Legislature has waived all examination fees for 2023.

Examination Fee Waiver. The examination fee will be waived for (1) those applicants who are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household; (2) those applicants who are receiving SSI or public assistance (Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance); (3) those applicants certified as Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you must complete the Fee Waiver Form and attach it to your application. This form can be obtained at the Civil Service Office or on the website at

Special Testing Arrangements.  If you are in need an accommodation to take the examination for one of the reasons outlined below, please check the appropriate box on the Examination Application and contact the Civil Service Office at (518) 388-4233.

  1. A death in the immediate family or household within the week preceding the exam date.
  2. Medical emergencies involving the candidate or member(s) of the candidate’s immediate family.
  3. Military Orders (a copy of the orders is required).
  4. Wedding – must be a member of the wedding party or an immediate family member of the bride or groom.
  5. Vacation for which a non-refundable down payment was made before the exam announcement was issued.

Notice to Appear for Examination.  Accepted candidates will be notified when and where to appear for the examination. If an application is disapproved, due notice will be sent.

Failure to Appear for ExamCandidates who fail to appear for the exam as scheduled will be eliminated from further consideration for this competitive examination.

Use of Calculators.  Unless otherwise notified, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators. Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries, or any similar devices are prohibited. You may not bring books or other reference material to the test site.

Examination Preparation and Rating.  This written examination is being prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law. The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this written examination.

Eligible List.  The minimum qualifications listed in this announcement have been approved by the Schenectady County Civil Service Commission for the purpose of evaluating a candidate's education, training and experience to determine admission to this examination. This examination is being conducted to establish a Civil Service Eligible List which will be certified to appointing authorities to fill available vacancies. Candidates whose names are certified for appointment have only met the minimum qualifications to take the examination. All candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list. Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the scores received on the written test, plus Veterans Credits and Seniority Credits where appropriate. The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in force for at least four years and may expire when a new eligible list is established.

Application Verification and Background Checks – Statements made on the Examination Application are subject to verification. A clearance from the Commissioner of Education will be required for employment within a school district for those positions that are designated by the school district as having direct contact with students.

Persons holding a permanent position in this title, in this department are not eligible for admittance to this examination.

Veterans Credits.  The following information and instructions pertain to those candidates who are claiming Veterans Credits.  Please note that Veterans Credits will not be granted after the establishment of the eligible list.

  1. Used Non-Disabled Veterans Credits to obtain a civil service appointment or promotion with New York State or a local government; and
  2. Subsequent to such appointment, are certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs as having a service connected disability rated at 10% or more.

Seniority Credits (Promotional Exams Only).  Seniority Credits will be added to an eligible score based on continuous permanent competitive class service in the jurisdiction holding the examination. Service would be credited up to and including the date of the examination as follows:

No. of Years


No. of Years


No. of Years


Less than 1 year


  6 to 10 years


16 to 20 years


1 to 5 years


11 to 15 years


21 to 25 years


Each additional 5 years will be credited 1 point in accordance with the above schedule.

Additional Credits for Eligible Children or Siblings of Firefighters and Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty.  If you are either a child or sibling of Firefighter or Police Officer killed in the line of duty as defined in Civil Service Law Sections 85-a or b (see below), you may be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which the deceased firefighter or police officer had served. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established. You must contact this office regarding these credits upon submission or your application for examination.

  1. Civil Service Law Section 85-a.  Children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty are eligible for these additional credits.
  2. Civil Service Law Section 85-b.  Siblings of Firefighters and Police Officers killed in line of duty (World Trade Center, September 11, 2001) are eligible for these additional credits. Pursuant to CSL §85-b, “killed in the line of duty” shall mean having died in the performance of duty as the natural and proximate results of participation in the rescue effort that was conducted in response to such attack.


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