California Department of Social Services (CDSS) examination announcements are listed below and posted online at the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR). Applications for all examinations must be submitted on the State Examination Application (Form STD 678). Applications may be obtained at CDSS, CalHR, or at your local employment office. Please submit your examination documents to:

California Department of Social Services
Personnel Bureau, Examinations Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-15-58
Sacramento, CA 95814

Exam Calendar – Fiscal Year 2022-2023


Any individual who meets the education and/or experience required for entrance into the examination may apply.

Open – Continuous Testing – Continuous Filing

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis.

Promotional – Continuous Testing – Continuous Filing

Applicants must have a permanent civil service appointment with the department listed on the examination announcement to apply. In certain situations, other employees (i.e., former department employees or current employees on Temporary Authorization Appointments, Training and Development Assignments and Limited Term Appointments) may be allowed to compete in CDSS examinations under the provisions of Rules 234, 235, and 235.2.

Staff Service Analyst (SSA) Transfer:

SSA Transfer Exam FAQ

This is a transfer examination for the Department of Social Services (CDSS) employees who meet the lateral transfer requirements to the SSA classification. State Personnel Board Rules 425, 430-433, 435 and 444 contain general provisions for lateral transfer.

Career Executive Assignments (CEA) Examinations

CalHR Examinations:

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