You must submit a copy of your transcript at the time of application. (See “How to Apply.”)

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2010-001

ISSUED  JUNE 2, 2010

REVISED APRIL 10, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

ACCOUNTANTS/AUDITORS/EXAMINERS (ENTRY LEVEL PROFESSIONALS)

 

 

 

Exam

No.

 

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

 

 

1.

 

Accountant 1 (Public Utility Commission)

G0302

UT06

 

 

2.

 

Public Utility Auditor Trainee

G1100

UT06

 

 

3.

 

Accountant 1 (Local Government)

L0311

*

 

 

4.

 

Accountant 1

03020

MA06

 

 

5.

 

Associate Financial Institutions Examiner

03201

ST06

 

 

6.

 

Insurance Company Examiner Trainee

03400

ST06

 

 

7.

 

Audit Specialist 1

03700

MA06

 

 

8.

 

Revenue Tax Auditor Trainee

03890

ST06

 

 

9.

 

Financial Programs Trainee

08180

MA05

 

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

*Local government salaries vary.  Contact the Human Resource Office of the local government agency where you are interested in working for specific information.

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY APRIL 10, 2013, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will perform beginning level professional work in accounting, auditing, or examining of financial/fiscal/operational records, transactions, or procedures as part of a training program designed to develop technical competence.

 

You may audit or examine the financial records/operations of organizations such as banks, savings and loan associations, public utilities, insurance companies, corporations, or the internal records or operations of State agencies.

 

All Trainee job titles require successful completion of a 1 year training and work experience probationary period for promotion to the next higher level in the area of specialization.  Promotion involves an increase in salary.

 

Accountants 1 (Public Utility Commission), Accountants 1 (Local Government), Accountants 1, Associate Financial Institutions Examiners and Audit Specialists 1 serve a 6 month probationary period.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.

 

Most auditors and examiners are required to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.  Overnight and out-of-state travel may be required for some auditors and examiners. 

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Accountant 1 (Public Utility Commission) and Accountant 1

A bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 15 credits in accounting; OR 1 year as a Fiscal Technician and 15 college credits in accounting; OR 1 year as a Financial Programs Trainee; OR 5 years of bookkeeping experience and 15 college credits in accounting; OR successful completion of the Commonwealth's Accounting Intern Program.

 

Public Utility Auditor Trainee

Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree that includes or is supplemented by 24 credits in accounting.

 

Accountant 1 (Local Government)

One year of professional accounting experience and graduation from a four year college or university, including or supplemented by 15 credits in accounting; OR 1 year as a Fiscal Technician and 15 college credits in accounting; OR 5 years of bookkeeping experience; and 15 college credits in accounting.

 

Associate Financial Institutions Examiner

A bachelor’s degree with a major in finance or accounting or in a business-related major such as marketing, business administration or economics, which included 9 credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 9 credits in accounting.

 

Insurance Company Examiner Trainee

A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, economics or business administration including 12 credits in accounting.

 

Audit Specialist 1

A bachelor's degree including or supplemented by 18 credits in accounting and auditing; OR 1 year as a Financial Programs Trainee; OR successful completion of the Commonwealth's Accounting Intern Program within the previous 18 months; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which included the required 18 credits in accounting and auditing.

 

Revenue Tax Auditor Trainee

A bachelor's degree in accounting or a closely related field that includes 24 college level credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training that includes professional accounting experience and 24 college level credits in accounting.

 

Financial Programs Trainee

A bachelor's degree including 12 credits in accounting; OR 4 years of experience in bookkeeping work which included 12 credits in accounting; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which includes 12 credits in accounting.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

You may take the test if you have completed 90 or more credit hours and expect to receive a bachelor's degree including the required coursework within the next 7 months.  You must provide proof of your degree before you start work.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Each year, State and local government agencies typically hire for all positions.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

Auditors/Examiners may work out of their homes or regional/district offices throughout the State.  Most Accountants 1 (Public Utility Commission) and Accountants 1 work in Dauphin County.  Accountants 1 (Public Utility Commission) also work in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties.

 

For local government positions, employment and promotion preference may be given to employees who work in the county where job openings occur.

 

Employment preference will be granted to individuals aged 60 and over for jobs with the Department of Aging and Area Agency on Aging Offices.

 

Promotion preference with local government and housing authorities may be given to employees who work in the city or county in which the jobs are located.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact the office of the local government program where you are interested in working (located in the telephone directory under “Government/County”) OR:

 

Public Utility Auditor Trainee/Accountant 1 (Public Utility Commission)

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Bureau of Human Resources, Commonwealth Keystone Building – Room N-301, Harrisburg, PA,  17105-3265; Telephone:  (717) 787-8714, Internetwww.puc.state.pa.us

 

Accountant 1/Audit Specialist 1/Financial Programs Trainee

Office of Administration, Bureau of Human Resources, Finance Building – Room 508-B, Harrisburg, PA, 17120; Telephone:  (717) 783-5446, Internetwww.oa.state.pa.us

 

Insurance Company Examiner Trainee

Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, Bureau of Human Resources, Strawberry Square – Room 1326, Harrisburg, PA  17120; Telephone:  (717) 787-4298, Internetwww.insurance.state.pa.us

 

Audit Specialist 1

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building - Room 106, Harrisburg, PA, 17105-2675; Telephone:  (717) 787-5068,  Internetwww.dpw.state.pa.us, Emailra-pwhdqpostings@pa.gov

 

Financial Programs Trainee/Revenue Tax Auditor Trainee

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Bureau of Human Resources, Strawberry Square – Room 1121, Harrisburg, PA  17128-1100; Telephone:  (717) 787-7550, Internetwww.revenue.state.pa.us

 

Associate Financial Institutions Examiner

Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Bureau of Human Resources, 16th Floor, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2290; Telephone: (717) 787-5383, Internetwww.banking.state.pa.us or Tina McBride, Telephone: (717) 783-3611, Email: tmcbride@state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.  You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test. 

 

The test will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

 

 

Accounting Principles and Practices

45

 

 

Reconciliation

20

 

 

Analyzing Written Information

20

 

 

Effective Expression

_20_

 

 

Total

105

 

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Allentown, Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these job titles and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

 

Online and paper applications both require submission of a copy of your transcript at the time of application.  An unofficial transcript is acceptable.  Enter your name and Social Security Number at the top of the transcript.  Send by e-mail to RA-cs-transcripts@state.pa.us or fax to (717) 787-8650 or mail to the above address.

 

If you are in your senior/final year of study, you also should submit a listing of the courses/credits in accounting or auditing that you expect to take and complete prior to graduation.

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers

 

only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Avenue, Room 410, Pgh., 15219;

 

Telephone (Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-

Hearing callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources Offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."