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Civil Service Application Process

Pointer ImageHow do I become a California Prison Health Care Services employee?

Pointer ImageWhere do I find the minimum qualifications and self assessment tools?

Pointer ImageWhere do I find the standard state application (form 678)?

Pointer ImageWhat types of Employment applications does California Prison Health Care Services use?

Pointer ImageHow can I check to see if my name is on the Eligibility List after I have completed the civil service application process?

Pointer ImageHow long will it take to receive results after I complete an online application and self assessment tool?

Pointer ImageHow do candidates get their results if the application process consists of an Education and Experience evaluation or a Supplemental Application?

Pointer ImageAre the online self assessment tools timed?

Pointer ImageCan I complete the application for my classification prior to being California State Licensed?

Pointer ImageAre veteran points granted for promotional applications?

Certification Lists

Pointer ImageWhat are “waivers”?

Pointer ImageHow do I check to see which locations are currently marked on my application?

Pointer ImageHow many ranks do health care classifications have?

Vacancies

Pointer ImageHow do I find out where the medical vacancies exist?

Miscellaneous

Pointer ImageDoes California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) offer part-time employment positions?

Pointer ImageDoes the Department offer a 20/20 program?

Pointer ImageDoes the Department offer Loan Repayment Options?

Pointer ImageHow do I laterally transfer to California Prison Health Care Services from another State agency?

Pointer ImageWhat type of visa must I have to work for the Department?




Civil Service Application Process

Q How do I become a California Prison Health Care Services employee?


A

1) Complete the appropriate state application and self assessment tool (examination).

2) After successfully completing the application, your name is placed on an eligible employment list.

3) After being placed on the list, you may apply for vacant positions. Candidates may also be contacted by institutions for other vacancies as they become available.


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Q Where do I find the minimum qualifications and self assessment tools?


A Information regarding our medical health care classifications, along with the applications and self assessment tools, can be accessed at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Career_Opportunities/HR/OPS/Exams/Exams_Medical.


Click on the classification of interest for a job bulletin detailing minimum qualifications and instructions on how to complete that classification's civil service application process. Many of the applications can be completed and submitted online.


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Q Where do I find the standard state application (form 678)?


A The state application can be found on the State Personnel Board's web site at http://www.spb.ca.gov/jobs/stateapp.htm


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Q What types of Employment applications do California Prison Health Care Services use?


A The types of applications are:


1) Online (is taken over the Internet and your score is given immediately)

2) Supplemental (Supplemental Applications consist of questions relating to your level of knowledge and experience and may contain some additional narrative questions. Supplemental Applications are used to elaborate on your education and experience and provide information for the interview panel).

3) Education and Experience (E+E): Your application will be used as the basis for your examination score. Be sure to carefully detail your education and experience on your application as completely and thoroughly as possible.)


All civil service jobs require you to complete an application and be placed on a hiring certification list in order for the State to make an offer of employment. You must be in the first three ranks on the certification list in order to be hired.


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Q How can I check to see if my name is on the Eligibility List after I have completed the civil service application process?


A Eligibility list placement may be confirmed by visiting the State Personnel Board's website at www.spb.ca.gov. Applicants must have their six-digit candidate ID number available to identify eligibility list placement.


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Q How long will it take to receive results after I complete an online application and self assessment tool?


A You will receive results immediately after completing an online application and self assessment tool; however, it takes SPB approximately two days to transfer the names from the Online Application System to the Online Certification List.


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Q How do candidates get their results if the application process consists of an Education and Experience evaluation or a Supplemental Application?


A Depending on the size of an examination, you should receive an Acceptance or Denial Notification within two weeks after the final filing date of the examination. If you have not received a formal notification within six weeks, please contact the California Prison Health Care Services Selection Services Section Unit at (916) 445-1086. Please be prepared to provide the application's title in order to expedite your call.


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Q Are the online self assessment tools timed?


A No, the online applications are not timed, but they must be finished in one session. However, online sessions with no activity for 30 minutes are ended automatically to protect the candidate's information.


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Q Can I complete the application for my classification prior to being California State Licensed?


A The only classifications allowed admittance to complete the application process prior to receiving their California license are:


Clinical Lab Technician
Nurse Instructor
Public Health Nurse

Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Practitioner
Radiologic Technologist

Nurse Consultant I/II/III
Physician Assistant
Registered Nurse

 

Note: Applicants who do not possess the required California license for the above examinations will be allowed to complete the application process, but must secure the required license before they will be considered eligible for appointment.


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Q Are veteran points granted for promotional applications?


A Veterans preference points are awarded in open and open non-promotional entrance examinations requiring less than college graduation and two years of experience.


The Examination Announcement will tell you whether or not veterans preference points will be awarded. The points are added to the final score only after the candidate has successfully passed all parts of the examination. To apply for veterans points, obtain a copy of the Veterans Preference application (form 1093 ) from the State Personnel Board or any departmental testing office and return it with a copy of your DD214 and your examination application. For more information, please visit www.spb.ca.gov.


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Certification Lists

Q What are “waivers”?


A In the event you are offered temporary or permanent employment which you find impossible to accept or in which you are not interested, you may waive the appointment. Eligibles on open lists are permitted three waivers of appointment to positions in any given class after which their names are permanently removed from the list for that class. Promotional eligibles are permitted an unlimited number of waivers, when they respond to each contact received.


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Q How do I check to see which locations are currently marked on my application?


A During the online application process, there is a complete list of California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) locations of which you may select any or all of them as your location(s) of choice. If you do not remember which locations you selected, you may call the CPHCS Selection Services Unit at (916) 445-1086.


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Q How many ranks do health care classifications have?


A Certification lists may have up to six ranks, but an applicant must be in the top three ranks to be hired. Many of the licensed medical classification certification lists consist of only three ranks.


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Vacancies

Q How do I find out where the medical vacancies exist?


A You can find information about our vacancies in several ways:


1) Visit the State Personnel Board's Vacancy Search site at www.spb.ca.gov/employment/wvpos_index.htm.

2) Call our toll-free number at 1-877-793-HIRE (4473) to speak to a Recruiter.


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Miscellaneous

Q Does California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) offer part-time employment positions?


A The availability of part-time positions is based on the needs of individual institutions. The CPHCS offers three time bases for employment: Permanent full-time, Limited Term, and Permanent Intermittent.


1. Permanent full-time — The employee works the amount of time required to be compensated at a full-time rate. This is usually forty hours per week.

2. Limited Term — The employee works the required amount of time to be considered full-time, but for a period not to exceed two years. Limited Term appointments do not confer civil service employment rights beyond the specified time period.

3. Permanent Intermittent — The employee works periodically or for a fluctuating portion of the full-time work schedule. A Permanent Intermittent employee may work up to 1,500 hours in any calendar year. Permanent Intermittent employment, hours and schedule of work are based on the needs of the institution.


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Q Does the Department offer a 20/20 program?


A Currently, the department does not participate in a 20/20 program. A 20/20 program is designed to allow an employee to work 20 hours per week and attend classes/training for 20 hours per week, while receiving full-time pay.


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Q Does the Department offer Loan Repayment Options?


A The Department participates in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program.


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Q How do I laterally transfer to California Prison Health Care Services from another State agency?


A To transfer laterally to California Prison Health Care Services from another State agency:


1) Fill out a standard State application and write "lateral transfer" on the application.

2) Send the application to the Personnel office of the institution where you would like to work.

3) If you are qualified and vacancies exist, the Personnel office will contact you and schedule an interview.


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Q What type of visa must I have to work for the Department?


A The Department accepts the H1B visa, but you should be aware that the process is very lengthy and can take months to complete. Note: You must have a job offer from an institution before this is pursued.


The Department does not currently participate as a sponsoring organization in the Exchange Visitor Visa program (J1 visa).


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