Civil Service Examinations

General Information About Examinations

It is the policy of the Rockland County Department of Personnel to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.  In addition, it is our policy, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide equal employment opportunity to participate in and receive any benefits, services programs and activities.  Military personnel or Saturday religious observers who need special testing arrangements must note this on their applications. Persons with disabilities who require special test-taking accommodations also must note their specific needs on their applications.

Civil Service Examinations may be either open to the general public or limited, if indicated, to a promotional field of employees in Rockland County government or in one or more of the Rockland County Civil Service jurisdictions (towns, villages, school districts, and special districts, etc.) For a complete list of local municipal agencies/jurisdictions, please click here.

Civil Service examinations test a candidate's qualifications for a particular Civil Service title.  If you are interested in taking an examination, click on the examination title and review the examination announcement that provides you with information specific to that examination, including the scheduled exam date, minimum requirements required, salary and location(s) of positions, and last filing dates for participation in the examination.

It is important to refer to the list of examination announcements (Open Competitive and/or Promotional) regularly for updates.  Examinations may be administered in a variety of ways, including written exams, performance exams (e.g., for language or equipment operation proficiency), computerized exams, or evaluations of training and experience.

It is recommended that you print a copy of the examination announcement to which you are applying.

To apply to take a Civil Service examination, you must complete a Rockland County Application for Examination or Employment and file within the announced filing period.

A separate application must be filed for each title for which you are applying.

Currently, you may apply in one of two ways: 1) by submitting a signed, hard copy original application, available from the Rockland County Department of Personnel, or 2) by completing a type-able PDF application form, signing it and submitting it by mail or in person.  Click here for instructions on how to complete the type-able PDF application form.  The Rockland County Department of Personnel does not accept applications via email.

Examination Fee / Application Submission Information

A $15.00 non-refundable application filing fee is required for each separately numbered non-uniformed examination for which you apply.  A $30.00 non-refundable application filing fee is required for each separately number uniformed examination for which you apply.  The fee must be submitted with your application(s) and must be received in the Rockland County Department of Personnel by the Last Filing Date as indicated on the appropriate examination announcement.

Make check or money order payable to the Rockland County Commissioner of Finance.  Write your name, last four digits of your social security number and the examination number(s) on the check of money order.  Cash will not be accepted. 

Application filing fees are non-refundable.  We urge you to compare your qualifications carefully with the minimum qualifications indicated on the examination announcement and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified and intend to take.  If you are disqualified from or fail to appear for the examination, your fee is not refunded.

If your application is received without the required fee, your application will be disapproved.  Should you wish to appeal the disqualification, you must submit the required fee to the Rockland County Department of Personnel within five (5) business days from the date of the disapproval letter.  There is a $15.00 charge for returned checks.

Application filing fee may be waived for those candidates who are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, fees may be waived if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency. All claims for application filing fee waivers are subject to verification. Candidates interested in this waiver must submit a Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification form with their application by the Last Filing Date indicated on the appropriate examination announcement. Waiver forms can be obtained here.

Please download this type-able PDF application form, complete it, save it to your computer, print it out and sign it.  You must drop off the completed application at our Office or mail it to:

County of Rockland
Department of Personnel
18 New Hempstead Road, 4th Floor
New City, NY 10956

When mailing your application make sure your envelope is date stamped by the post office for proof of mailing by the last date to file.

The Department of Personnel will not accept any applications that are emailed to our office.

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than the last filing date or, if not mailed, must be received in the Department of Personnel no later than 5:00 P.M. on the last filing date. Applications received after 5:00 P.M. on the last filing date will be dated the following day.

Examination Cancellations

As the New York State Department of Civil Service schedules examinations on a statewide basis, it is very rare for an examination to be cancelled for any reason.

In case of a weather or other emergency we have established a procedure to have examination delay/cancellation information announced on the following radio stations in the region:

WHUD - FM 100.7

WLNR - AM 1420

WRCR - AM 1300

The decision whether or not to cancel an examination may not be made until very early on the day of the exam. 

The radio stations listed above will broadcast notice of any postponement or cancellation between the hours of 6:00AM and 8:00AM on the day of examination. 

We will also post a notification on our home page to notify you only of a cancellation during these hours. In case of adverse weather conditions, candidates should NOT call our office or the school district/exam location.


Examinations are generally given in the North Rockland Area and alternate examination dates are normally given in our New City office. Below are addresses for each testing location:

Willow Grove Middle School 153 Storrs Rd, Thiells, NY 10984

Fieldstone Secondary School 100 Fieldstone Dr., Thiells, NY 10984

North Rockland High School 106 Hammond Rd, Thiells, NY 10984

Rockland County Fire Training Center 35 Firemen's Memorial Dr., Pomona, NY 10970

Rockland County Dept. of Personnel 18 New Hempstead Rd, New City, NY 10956

Rockland Community College 145 College Rd, Suffern, NY 10901 



Joan M. Silvestri


Rockland County Department of Personnel
18 New Hempstead Rd
New City, NY 10956

(845) 638-5200
(845) 638-5381
Monday to Friday:
9:00am to 5:00pm