Applicants with Disabilities
SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES
The Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission recognizes the importance of equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities and the contributions that they can offer through public service. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for employment opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and local government!
To access information on job titles that are currently open for application and testing you can view the Job Seekers page on the Civil Service website. After you review the "Summary of Civil Service Examinations," you may select individual test announcements for the job title(s) which interest you. Each test announcement will provide much of the information you need regarding job details, how to apply, and requirements for eligibility. You are encouraged to use the online application service on our website's homepage. You can also contact any civil service office for additional information, or to request hard copies of test announcements and applications. Please note that many test announcements open and close for application on a periodic basis, so you are encouraged to check the website frequently.
The State Civil Service Commission provides a variety of services to candidates, such as specialized testing accommodations for applicants with disabilities, as well as one-on-one career counseling, resume evaluations, and general civil service information services, which are offered without regard to an applicant's disability status. While the Commission is pleased to provide individual customer service, please note that all necessary information regarding currently available examination programs is on this website. Therefore, before seeking counseling or resume evaluation services, we strongly encourage applicants to browse our website to identify positions of interest, as this is the fastest way to apply and test for civil service job titles.
Text telephones are available as a means of communication for persons with hearing or speech disabilities.
Examination Services and Testing Accommodations
The State Civil Service Commission realizes that some applicants with disabilities may require testing accommodations to enable them to perform to their full potential. All candidates who need testing accommodations will have their eligibility evaluated for the specific job title(s) prior to scheduling a testing date and time. Only those candidates deemed eligible for the job title(s) will be tested. (If no accommodation is required, eligibility will be evaluated after testing.)
Types of common accommodations might include providing a reader or writer for the applicant, additional time allowance, or simply a separate room for testing. Testing accommodations also take into account the type of examination given. When possible, examination materials will be adapted and/or modified to a format that best meets the needs of the individual candidate requesting test accommodations, without compromising the integrity of the examination. Modified materials and any special proctor’s instructions will be prepared by the Test Administration Division and will be supplied to the location where the candidate wishes to be tested.
If you anticipate the need for a testing accommodation, you must complete a "Justification for Testing Accommodation" form. This form will be reviewed each time you submit an application. If your request is approved, a Commission representative will contact you to schedule a convenient test date and time. This form can also be requested from the Test Administration Division by calling (717) 787-2935, or by contacting your local State Civil Service Commission Office. All information you provide is confidentially maintained.
You can listen to and view a PowerPoint presentation about Commonwealth employment and Commission services available for applicants with disabilities; please turn on your computer speakers.
The Justification for Testing Accommodation form can be viewed and/or printed on our website.
Additional Information can be found in the "Information for Applicants with Disabilities" brochure.
For additional information on the application, testing, and hiring process, please review the information regarding "How to Get a Civil Service Job."
State Civil Service Commission offices, test center locations, and contact information can be viewed on our website on the General Information tab.
A variety of federal, state, and local agencies provide rehabilitation, advocacy, and referral services to individuals with disabilities. If you would like to learn more about their services, please refer to the blue pages of your telephone directory for the telephone number of the office nearest you.
Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.