Testing for PST agencies in your area - Out of State Testing

If you live outside of Public Safety Testing's testing locations in Washington State or Alaska then you may be eligible to complete the written exam at an approved testing center in your area.

 

Please select the job category below for information on how to schedule an out of state written exam appointment:

 

Click on the following link to view the Out of State Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you do not see your question answered, please e-mail: [email protected]

 

 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FOR POLICE / SHERIFF / TROOPER & CORRECTIONS AGENCIES

You may only apply/test for agencies that allow the OOS testing process. If you wish to apply/test for agencies not included in the list below, you must travel to one of PST's scheduled test dates/locations to complete both the written and physical ability exams (Test & Event Calendar).

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 non-refundable processing fee for out of state exams in addition to the standard Public Safety Testing (PST) testing fee (example: $45 testing fee + $30 processing fee). This will be collected at the time of registration on our website (which will be emailed to you).
  • The candidate is responsible for paying an additional test proctor fee directly to the NCTA testing center.
  • The Physical Ability Test (PAT) is not administered out of state. The agency/agencies you applied to will contact you directly about the PAT if/when you advance to that stage of the hiring process.


 

STEP 1

  • Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association (NCTA) where you will take the exam. Go to https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant to locate a NCTA testing center near you. Disclaimer: NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing (PST). PST contracts with the NCTA only to administer exams on behalf of PST. 
  • Continue to and complete Step 2.

 

STEP 2

  • Contact the testing center and set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored. 
    • Unless approved by the Testing Coordinator, request forms that have a scheduled test date earlier than the 2-week notification period will automatically be declined and deleted. 
  • If the testing center is walk-in based, you must still choose a test date.
  • When you contact the testing center, please provide the following exam details to the testing center:
    • Test Name: Public Safety Testing's Law Enforcement & Corrections Exam.
    • Total test administration time: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    • Exam is available either online or paper-based.
    • Example of what to tell the testing center: “I want to schedule a proctored exam for Public Safety Testing's Law Enforcement and Corrections Exam. The exam is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes long and can be administered online. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed between PST and the Testing Center. Is there a timeslot available for the following date ________?"
  • You must make sure the testing center:
  • Exam materials will be sent to the testing center after the exam has been confirmed between the PST OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
  • Continue to and complete Step 3.

 

STEP 3

  • Complete the Candidate Test Date Request Form
  • Once fully complete, PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com. You need to pay and register before PST can send any testing materials to your testing center.
  • If you have not received an email, please contact [email protected].
  • Continue to and read/complete Step 4. 

 

STEP 4

  • Send a notarized Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST by either fax or email ONE week before your exam date. 
    • Scan must be legible to be accepted.
    • We recommend you search for a Notary Public in your area. You may find a Notary Public at a local bank or credit union.
    • Fax: 425-776-0165.
    • Scan and Email: [email protected].
  • Continue to and complete Step 5. 

 

STEP 5

  • A basic Introductory Guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event. You must read and follow all requirements in the Guide.    
  • You will need to abide the Testing Center’s test day requirements.
  • There are study materials available in our Store
  • Remember you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your written exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our add-on and re-test policies. 

 

 

Eligible Police/Sheriff/Trooper Agencies You May Test For:
Alaska Oregon Key:
Alaska State Troopers* Tigard Police Department * = Entry and Lateral
Haines Borough Police Department   *** = Entry, BLEA Certified, Lateral
Juneau Police Department    
Sitka Police Department*    
Unalaska Police Department    
     
Washington    
Aberdeen Police Department Fife Police Department  Redmond Police Department
Arlington Police Department Island County Sheriff's Office Renton Police Department
Auburn Police Department Issaquah Police Department Sequim Police Department - LATERAL ONLY
Battle Ground Police Department Jefferson County Sheriff's Office* Skagit County Sheriff's Office*
Bellingham Police Department Kalama Police Department* Skamania County Sheriff's Office*
Benton County Sheriff's Office Kirkland Police Department Spokane County Sheriff's Office
Black Diamond Police Department La Center Police Department Spokane Police Department
Bothell Police Department Lake Forest Park Police Department - LATERAL ONLY Sumner Police Department
Bremerton Police Department  Lakewood Police Department Swinomish Tribal Police Department*
Burlington Police Department  Lincoln County Sheriff's Office* The Evergreen State College Police Department
CWU Police Department* Longview Police Department Thurston County Sheriff's Office
Chehalis Police Department Lynnwood Police Department Toppenish Police Department
Chelan County Sheriff's Office Mill Creek Police Department Tumwater Police Department
Clark County Sheriff's Office Milton Police Department* Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
Colfax Police Department Mount Vernon Police Department* Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife*
College Place Police Department* Mountlake Terrace Police Department** Washington State Patrol
Connell Police Department Mukilteo Police Department Washougal Police Department*
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Oak Harbor Police Department* West Richland Police Department*
DuPont Police Department Okanogan County Sheriff's Office Westport Police Department
Duvall Police Department* Olympia Police Department  Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
East Wenatchee Police Department* Orting Police Department* Woodland Police Department
Edmonds Police Department* Port Angeles Police Department* Yakima County Sheriff's Office*
Everett Police Department Port of Seattle Police Department - LATERAL ONLY Yakima Police Department*
Federal Way Police Department - LATERAL ONLY Prosser Police Department Zillah Police Department
Ferndale Police Department* Poulsbo Police Department  
Ferry County Sheriff's Office* Quincy Police Department*  

 

 

Eligible Corrections Agencies You May Test For:  
Washington Idaho
Aberdeen Police Department - Corrections Kootenai County Sheriff's Office - Detention Deputy
Benton County Sheriff's Office - Corrections  
Chelan Co Regional Justice Center  
Ferry County Sheriff's Office - Corrections   
Island County Sheriff's Office - Corrections  
Issaquah Police Department - Corrections  
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office - Corrections  
Kirkland Police Department - Jail/Corrections  
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - Corrections Officer / Dispatcher  
Mill Creek Police Department - Police Support Officer  
Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections*  
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections*  
Olympia Police Department - Jail/Corrections  
Redmond Police Department - Police Support Officer  
South Correctional Entity Regional Jail (SCORE)  
Skagit County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections*  
Skamania County Sheriff's Office - Corrections*  
Thurston County Sheriff's Office - Jail/Corrections*  
Whatcom County Sheriff's Office - Corrections  
Yakima Police Department - Jail/Corrections*  

 

 

 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FOR FIRE / PARAMEDIC / KING COUNTY MEDIC ONE

You may only apply/test for agencies that allow the OOS testing process. You may only apply/test for agencies listed below through this process. If you wish to apply/test for agencies not included in the list below, you must travel to one of PST's scheduled test dates/locations to complete both the written and physical ability exams (Test & Event Calendar).

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 non-refundable processing fee for out of state exams in addition to the standard Public Safety Testing (PST) testing fee (example: $44 testing fee + $30 processing fee). This will be collected at the time of registration on our website (which will be emailed to you).
  • The candidate is responsible for paying an additional test proctor fee directly to the NCTA testing center.
  • If required by the agency, you must complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with PST before your test results are made available to the agencies. Please visit the Agency Listing Page to see if the agency you're testing requires a PST CPAT.

 

STEP 1

  • Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association (NCTA) where you will take the exam. Go to https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant to locate a NCTA testing center near you. Disclaimer: NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing (PST). PST contracts with the NCTA only to administer exams on behalf of PST. 
  • Continue to and complete Step 2.

 

STEP 2

  • Contact the testing center and set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored. 
    • Unless approved by the Testing Coordinator, request forms that have a scheduled test date earlier than the 2-week notification period will automatically be declined and deleted. 
  • If the testing center is walk-in based, you must still choose a test date.
  • When you contact the testing center, please provide the following exam details to the testing center:
    • Test Name: Public Safety Testing's Firefighter Exam.
    • Total test administration time: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
    • Exam is available either online or paper-based.
    • If you are testing for King County Medic One - Paramedic, you must also take the EMT exam (online or paper-based) which has 100 questions lasting 2 hours
    • Example of what to tell the testing center: 
      • Hello, I am looking to schedule a proctored exam for Public Safety Testing's Firefighter Exam. The exam is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes long and can be administered online. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed between you and the coordinator. Is there a timeslot available for _____________? 
      • Hello, I am looking to schedule a proctored exam for Public Safety Testing's Firefighter and EMT Exam. The exam is approximately 5 hours and 15 minutes long and can be administered online. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed between you and the coordinator. Is there a timeslot available for _____________? 
  • You must make sure the testing center:
  • Exam materials will be sent to the testing center after the exam has been confirmed between the PST OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
  • Continue to and complete Step 3.

 

STEP 3

  • Complete the Candidate Test Date Request Form
  • Once fully complete, PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com. You need to pay and register before PST can send any testing materials to your testing center.
  • If you have not received an email, please contact [email protected].
  • Unless approved by the Testing Coordinator, request forms that have a scheduled test date earlier than the 2-week notification period will automatically be declined and deleted. 
  • Continue to and read/complete Step 4. 

 

STEP 4

  • Send a notarized Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST by either fax or email ONE week before your exam date. 
    • Scan must be legible to be accepted.
    • We recommend you search for a Notary Public in your area. You may find a Notary Public at a local bank or credit union.
    • Fax: 425-776-0165.
    • Scan and Email: [email protected].
  • Continue to and complete Step 5. 

 

STEP 5

  • A basic Introductory Guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event. You must read and follow all requirements in the Guide.    
  • You will need to abide the Testing Center’s test day requirements.
  • There are study materials available in our Store
  • Remember you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your written exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our add-on and re-test policies. 

 

 

Eligible Fire Agencies You May Test For:
Aberdeen Fire Department +
Capital City Fire & Rescue - Entry FF & FF/Paramedic
Clark County Fire & Rescue *+
Eastside Fire & Rescue, Kirkland Fire, Mercer Island Fire (Regional Fire Recruitment Consortium)
Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One +
King County Medic One – Paramedic
Longview Fire Department – Firefighter/Paramedic
Longview Fire Department – Paramedic – LATERAL ONLY
Mukilteo Fire Department +
Olympia Fire Department
Pierce County Fire Protection District #16 (Key Peninsula)+
Port Angeles Fire Department - FF/Paramedic
Port Angeles Fire Department - Lateral - Firefighter/EMT
Renton Regional Fire Authority
South King Fire & Rescue
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue
Spokane Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Thurston County Medic One
Tumwater Fire Department
Vancouver Fire Department *+
 
+ = Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic
* = Entry and Lateral

 

 

 

 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FOR 911 DISPATCH

You may only apply/test for agencies that allow the OOS testing process. You may only apply/test for agencies listed below through this process. If you wish to apply/test for agencies not included in the list below, you must travel to one of PST's scheduled test dates/locations to complete both the written and physical ability exams (Test & Event Calendar).

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 non-refundable processing fee for out of state exams in addition to the standard Public Safety Testing (PST) testing fee (example: $31 testing fee + $30 processing fee). This will be collected at the time of registration on our website (which will be emailed to you).
  • The candidate is responsible for paying an additional test proctor fee directly to the NCTA testing center.
  • You must complete and pass the typing test with PST before your test results are made available to the agencies. The minimum passing scores on the typing test is 35 WPM and 90% accuracy rate. Some agencies require a higher WPM rate of 40 WPM or 45 WPM with 90% accuracy rate. Please check each agency's profile to view their typing test score requirement.

 

STEP 1

  • Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association (NCTA) where you will take the exam. Go to https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant to locate a NCTA testing center near you. Disclaimer: NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing (PST). PST contracts with the NCTA only to administer exams on behalf of PST. 
  • Continue to and complete Step 2.

 

STEP 2

  • Contact the testing center and set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored. 
    • Unless approved by the Testing Coordinator, request forms that have a scheduled test date earlier than the 2-week notification period will automatically be declined and deleted. 
  • If the testing center is walk-in based, you must still choose a test date.
  • When you contact the testing center, please provide the following exam details to the testing center:
    • Test Name: Public Safety Testing's Dispatcher Exam
    • Total test administration time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
    • Exam is paper-based (portion of the exam is audio based)
    • Testing materials will be sent once the exam has been confirmed between the OOS coordinator and the Testing Center
    • Example Script: Hello, I am looking to schedule a proctored exam for Public Safety Testing's Dispatcher Exam. The exam is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes long and is administered in a test booklet. Part of the examination is audio-based, and so I will need access to some kind of audio player and headphones. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed between you and the coordinator. Is there a timeslot available for ___________?
  • You must make sure the testing center:
  • Exam materials will be sent to the testing center after the exam has been confirmed between the PST OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
  • Continue to and complete Step 3.

 

STEP 3

  • Complete the Candidate Test Date Request Form
  • Once fully complete, PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com. You need to pay and register before PST can send any testing materials to your testing center.
  • If you have not received an email, please contact [email protected].
  • Continue to and read/complete Step 4. 

 

STEP 4

  • Send a notarized Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST by either fax or email ONE week before your exam date. 
    • Scan must be legible to be accepted.
    • We recommend you search for a Notary Public in your area. You may find a Notary Public at a local bank or credit union.
    • Fax: 425-776-0165.
    • Scan and Email: [email protected].
  • Continue to and complete Step 5. 

 

STEP 5

  • A basic Introductory Guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event. You must read and follow all requirements in the Guide.    
  • You will need to abide the Testing Center’s test day requirements.
  • There are study materials available in our Store
  • Remember you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your written exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our add-on and re-test policies. 

 

 

Eligible Dispatch Agencies You May Test For:
Bellingham Police-What-Comm Dispatcher
Bothell Police Department
Ferry County Sheriff's Office
Issaquah Police Department
NORCOM 911
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher
Redmond Police Department
RIVERCOM 911
SNOCOM
South Sound 911
Spokane County Sheriff's Office Communications
The Evergreen State College Police Department
Thurston County 911 Communications
University of Washington - Police Dispatcher / Call Receiver
Valley Communications Center - Communications Officer/Dispatcher
Yakima County Sheriff's Office

 

 

 


 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FAQs

Coordinator Hours & Contact Information
Monday - Friday; 8:30am – 5:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
[email protected] 

 

How do I set up an out of state test?

  • Follow the instructions above with the respective job category.


Is there a testing site near my area?


There are no colleges near me that can proctor the test. Can I have a proctor from a college not associated with the National College Testing Association administer the written test?

  • Unfortunately no, you can only use a college from the National College Testing Association.


Can you accommodate testing in a country other than the United States or Canada?

  • We cannot accommodate out of state testing outside of the United States or Canada at this time.


It looks like there is an event scheduled near me. Can I sign up for that one?

  • Each out of state test is prearranged and specific to one candidate. You will not be able to sign up for a date already on the calendar.


The testing center I have contacted will not let me set up an appointment until they have information about the test/the testing materials. What should I do?

  • E-mail [email protected] with the proctor’s contact information (name and e-mail address). We will contact the testing center and give them the necessary information for you to start the scheduling process.


When can I schedule my Physical Ability Test?

  • The Physical Ability Testing (PAT) will not be administered out of state. The agency(s) you applied to will contact you directly to schedule the PAT if/when you advance to that stage of the hiring process.


What is the deadline I need to take the test on in order to be considered for the next hiring process?

  • You can find each agency’s deadline and more information on the hiring process on our Agency Listing page. If not, please contact the agency’s Human Resources or Civil Service Department.


Which agencies allow out of state candidates to test for them?

  • You can view the agencies that allow out of state testing above and in their respective category.


What do I need to do after setting up a test date?

  • While you’re waiting to get an e-mail about registering, get the Certifications and Liability Waiver & Release Agreement notarized and fax or scan it to the PST office.  
  • We cannot release your scores to you or to the agency until we have this waiver form. You will not be able to test unless you fax or scan your liability waiver form to PST. Please fax the waiver to 425-776-0165 or email it to [email protected]. The fax/scan must be legible to be accepted.
Your Physical Ability Test (PAT) will be conducted at a later date and you will be required to travel to complete the PAT either at a PST Test Site or at the agency.