PST - Our Story
PST – Our Story
A brief history of candidate testing
There was a time when in order to become a police officer, firefighter, corrections officer or 911 dispatcher, you had to complete a separate testing process with each agency. It required you to complete application paperwork for each one; take a written exam multiple times; participate in each agency’s physical ability test, and submit separate personal history statements. In short, it was a lot of work.
Add to those burdens the fact that each individual agency usually conducted its exams only once per year — some of them on the same day. If a particular test date didn’t work for you, or if you chose to take one agency’s test over another, then you would have to wait a year for the next testing opportunity.
That was then; this is PST.
Beginning in 2000, PST revolutionized how public safety applicants are tested and, ultimately, hired. As a candidate, you can now complete one online application, take one written exam and one physical ability test, complete one PHS, and have your scores sent to one or many departments. You choose from hundreds of local testing opportunities each year across the United States, so you no longer have to figure out how to be at two places (or more!) at once. You no longer have to deal with the stress and financial costs of missed workdays, travel and other related expenses.
For nearly two decades, PST has had the privilege to work with hundreds of public safety agencies, helping them streamline their processes for hiring thousands of candidates throughout the Northwest and beyond. It’s truly an honor for us to help individuals pursue their dreams of giving back to their communities through a career in public safety.
Everyone at PST wishes you every success in the testing and hiring process, and we thank you in advance for your service and dedication.
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TESTING IN WASHINGTON STATE CANCELED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
All pre-employment tests in Washington State have been canceled until May 31, 2020 unless government restrictions are eased. With recent updates, facility closures, and government guidelines, this step is necessary and could be modified at any time. The health and safety of our customers, our staff, and their families is of the highest priority.
We will continue to evaluate developments and make changes to this policy as necessary. When we do resume testing, there will be plenty of events for everyone to test. We are in regular communication with our public safety agency partners, assessing alternatives to the traditional testing model and our testing policies. Any future updates will be posted on the PST website and our Facebook page.
If you have tested with PST in the past 12 months, there may be additional positions you are now eligible to add. Several departments have temporarily changed their testing policies due to the suspension in testing that COVID-19 has caused. Please login to your PST account and navigate to the ‘New Positions’ page to see what departments you can add! We will regularly update that page in your account as departments send updates.
FUTURE TEST REGISTRATION
We know that there will be testing in the future - we just don’t know when! We want you to be prepared for when testing begins again so we have created test events on our calendar that you can register for that will place you in a queue to be first notified. These tests are not “real” test events, they are essentially a holding area. You will be able to “reschedule” out of that event to any other event date/location at no cost. Registering now will also give you time to work on your Personal History Statement (PHS) so that your data will be ready and up-to-date to send to your departments once testing resumes.
To sign up for this placeholder event, select the June 15, 2020 test date in your category (police, fire, 911 dispatch, corrections, etc.).
You may also click on the test event of interest below to sign up:
Please check back here frequently and ‘Like’ our Facebook page to stay updated.
PST staff are working remotely and are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate a high email volume and will respond as quickly as possible.