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Civil Service Commission | Exam Waiver Policy

Governor Chris Christie • Lt.Governor Kim Guadagno

The purpose of the Waiver of Promotional Examination Policy is to explain, clarify and reinforce the Civil Service Commission's policy with regard to waiving examinations for police and fire promotional titles. Waivers of competitive examinations for promotional titles are controlled by N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.7.

Waivers of competitive examinations for promotional titles are controlled by  N.J.A.C. 4A:4-2.7, which provides that the Chair of the Civil Service Commission may authorize such waiver when all of the following factors are met:

(1) The employee has been successfully tested in the basic skills required for the promotional title;

(2) The employee has not failed, within one year prior to the announced closing date, a promotional examination for that title. However, an employee who subsequently passed an examination for that title shall be eligible for promotion;

(3) The number of interested eligibles for the promotional examination does not exceed the number of promotional appointments by more than two; and

(4) Veterans preference rights are not a factor.

The term “successfully tested” mentioned in (1) above refers to whether the employee previously has passed an examination, administered by the Civil Service Commission, which measures the “basic skills” that are required to successfully perform the work associated with the promotional title. The basic skills of every job title are identified in a job analysis process and the extent to which they are measured is a function of the design and validity of the examination or selection instrument. Since various titles within a given title series typically require some common and “basic” knowledge, skills and abilities, it may be unnecessary to re-test an employee when conditions (2), (3) or (4) above apply, if the employee has already demonstrated proficiency in those areas.

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