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 FAQs.

 

 

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

Follow the 5-Step Process below to set up a written exam in your area. You may only apply/test for the 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.

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 processing fee to Out of State testing in addition to the standard PST testing fee (as an 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 also responsible for paying an additional test proctor fee directly to the NCTA testing center.
  • 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.


 

1. Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association: http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php.

  • Please note that NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing, rather, PST contracts with the testing center only to administer exams on PST's behalf.

 

 2. Contact the testing center to set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored.

Appointments may not be scheduled earlier than 2 weeks from the completion of the test date reservation form. Any earlier appointments must be approved by the Out of State Coordinator (oos@publicsafetytesting.com) in advanced.

  • If the testing center is walk-in based, candidate must still choose a test date
  • Please provide these exam details to the testing center:
    • 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
    • Testing materials will be sent once the exam date has been confirmed with the OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
    • Example script: Hi, I am looking to schedule a proctored exam for Public Safety Testing’s Law Enforcement & Corrections Exam. The exam is approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes long and is administered online. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed with the coordinator and your Testing Center. Is there a timeslot available for ___________?


 3. Once an appointment has been scheduled, complete the test date reservation form by clicking on this link: Test Date Request Form.

  • PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com within 5 business days.


 4. Submit the Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST 1 week prior to the scheduled exam appointment otherwise the exam will not be administered.


 5. Other information:

  • There are study materials available in our Store. A basic introductory guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event.
  • Note that you may only test for the agencies that allow out of state testing. All other agencies we test for require the tests be proctored by PST at one of our testing locations.
  • Remember that you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our agency add-on and re-test policies.

 

Eligible Police/Sheriff/Trooper Agencies You May Test For:
Alaska   Key:
Alaska State Troopers*   * = Entry and Lateral
Haines Borough Police Department   *** = Entry, BLEA Certified, Lateral
Juneau Police Department    
     
Washington    
Aberdeen Police Department Fife Police Department  Quincy Police Department*
Arlington Police Department Island County Sheriff's Office Redmond Police Department
Auburn Police Department Issaquah Police Department Renton Police Department
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  Lincoln County Sheriff's Office* Thurston County Sheriff's Office
Burlington Police Department  Longview Police Department Toppenish Police Department
CWU Police Department* Lynnwood Police Department Tumwater Police Department
Chehalis Police Department Milton Police Department* Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
Chelan County Sheriff's Office
Mount Vernon Police Department* Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife*
Clark County Sheriff's Office Mountlake Terrace Police Department** Washington State Patrol
Colfax Police Department Mukilteo Police Department Washougal Police Department*
Connell Police Department Okanogan County Sheriff's Office West Richland Police Department*
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Olympia Police Department  Westport Police Department
Duvall Police Department* Orting Police Department* Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
East Wenatchee Police Department* Port Angeles Police Department* Yakima County Sheriff's Office*
Edmonds 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*
 

 

 

Eligible Corrections Agencies You May Test For:
Aberdeen Police Department - Corrections
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
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*
Toppenish Police Department - Jail/Corrections
Toppenish Police Department - Police Support Officer
Whatcom County Sheriff's Office - Corrections
Yakima Police Department - Jail/Corrections*

 


 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FOR FIRE & PARAMEDIC AGENCIES

Follow the 5-Step Process below to set up a written exam in your area. You may only apply/test for the 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.

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 processing fee to Out of State testing in addition to the standard PST testing fee (as an 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 also responsible for paying an additional test proctor fee directly to the NCTA testing center.
  • You must complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) with PST before your test results are made available to the agencies (if they require a PST CPAT).

 

1. Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association: http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php.

  • Please note that NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing, rather, PST contracts with the testing center only to administer exams on PST's behalf.

 

 2. Contact the testing center to set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored.

Appointments may not be scheduled earlier than 2 weeks from the completion of the test date reservation form. Any earlier appointments must be approved by the Out of State Coordinator (oos@publicsafetytesting.com) in advanced.

  • If the testing center is walk-in based, candidate must still choose a test date
  • Please provide these exam details to the testing center:
    • Public Safety Testing’s Firefighter Exam
    • Total test administration time: 3 hours and 15 minutes
    • Exam is available either online or paper-based
    • Testing materials will be sent once the exam date has been confirmed with the OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
    • If you are testing for King County Medic One - Paramedic, you must also take the EMT exam (paper-basedwhich has 100 questions lasting 2 hours.
    • Example script: Hi, 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 is administered online. You will be receiving the exam materials once my exam date has been confirmed with the coordinator and your Testing Center. Is there a timeslot available for ___________?

 

 3. Once an appointment has been scheduled, complete the test date reservation form by clicking on this link: Test Date Request Form.

  • PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com within 5 business days.


 4. Submit the Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST 1 week prior to the scheduled exam appointment otherwise the exam will not be administered.


 5. Other information:

  • There are study materials available in our Store. A basic introductory guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event.
  • Note that you may only test for the agencies that allow out of state testing. All other agencies we test for require the tests be proctored by PST at one of our testing locations.
  • Remember that you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our agency 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
Renton Fire & Emergency Services
South King Fire & Rescue
Spokane Fire Department
Spokane Valley Fire Department
Tumwater Fire Department
Vancouver Fire Department *+
 
+ = Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic
* = Entry and Lateral

 


 

OUT OF STATE TESTING FOR 911 DISPATCH AGENCIES

 

Follow the 5-Step Process below to set up a written exam in your area. You may only apply/test for the 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.

 


Please Note:

  • There will be a $30 processing fee to Out of State testing in addition to the standard PST testing fee (as an 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 also 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 with 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.

 

1. Locate a testing center from the National College Testing Association: http://www.ncta-testing.org/cctc/find.php.

  • Please note that NCTA testing centers are not affiliated with Public Safety Testing, rather, PST contracts with the testing center only to administer exams on PST's behalf.

 

 2. Contact the testing center to set up an appointment to have your written exam proctored.

Appointments may not be scheduled earlier than 2 weeks from the completion of the test date reservation form. Any earlier appointments must be approved by the Out of State Coordinator (oos@publicsafetytesting.com) in advanced.

  • If the testing center is walk-in based, candidate must still choose a test date
  • Please provide these exam details to the testing center:
    • Public Safety Testing’s Dispatcher Exam
    • Total test administration time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
    • Exam is available paper-based (portion of the exam is audio based)
    • Testing materials will be sent once the exam date has been confirmed with the OOS coordinator and the Testing Center.
    • Example script: Hi, 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 test booklets. 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 with the coordinator and your Testing Center. Is there a timeslot available for ___________?

 

 3. Once an appointment has been scheduled, complete the test date reservation form by clicking on this link: Test Date Request Form.

  • PST will email you instructions on how to register and pay for your written exam on www.publicsafetytesting.com within 5 business days.


 4. Submit the Applicant Liability Waiver Form to PST 1 week prior to the scheduled exam appointment otherwise the exam will not be administered.


 5. Other information:

  • There are study materials available in our Store. A basic introductory guide will be placed in your account after you register for your event.
  • Note that you may only test for the agencies that allow out of state testing. All other agencies we test for require the tests be proctored by PST at one of our testing locations.
  • Remember that you must select all agencies you wish to test for PRIOR to your exam. You may not add/drop or change your agencies after you take your written test. Click here to review our agency add-on and re-test policies.

 

 

Eligible Dispatch Agencies You May Test For:
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
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
oos@publicsafetytesting.com 

 

  • 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?
    We do all of our out of state testing with the National College Testing Association. Please visit their website to see if there is a college near you that can proctor your test.

 

  • 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 OOS@PublicSafetyTesting.com 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 oos@publicsafetytesting.com. 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.