1. Search for Jobs on the CalCareers Website
    Go to www.calcareers.ca.gov and create a CalCareers account.
  2. Pass an Exam
    To determine whether you qualify for a specific job type, you must complete an examination for that job type (classification) to establish eligibility. If you pass an exam for a specific job type, you can apply for any job vacancy advertised under that classification
  3. Apply for Job Openings
    Search and apply for California Prison Industry Authority positions online using your CalCareers account. While online applications are highly recommended, you can also apply by submitting the Standard State Application (STD 678) and any other required documents by mail. All paper applications must be postmarked as instructed in the job bulletin.
  1. Go to www.calcareers.ca.gov.
  2. Click on the vacancy you are interested in.
  3. Within the Minimum Requirements section of the job posting, you will find the link to the Class Specification for the position.

Please refer to the Available Exams area on our home page. This will have links to all of the available exams. If you do not see the exam you are interested in listed, it is not available at this time. Please continue to check our website for updates.

Read the exam bulletin section “Examination Information” for the type of test(s) given, (e.g., written, oral test/interview, training and experience), how each test will be weighted (e.g., pass/fail, percentage of final test score), and the scope of the exam, including knowledge, skills, and abilities, required to perform the job. Refer to the knowledge, skills, and abilities on the bulletin.

If you are a person with a disability who (1) has a physical or mental impairment or medical condition thatlimits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record or history of such impairment or medical conditions, or; (3) is regarded as having such an impairment or medical condition, you may wish to participate in CalHR’s Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP).

  1. Once you have logged into your CalCareers profile, navigate to Job Applications within the Jobs section of the menu.
  2. Within Job Applications, select the Submitted tab.
  3. In reviewing your applications, if your application appears as “Submitted” and you received a receipt upon submittal, our CALPIA team has received your application.
  4. If you mailed in your application for a position or exam, once your application has been uploaded to the position, your application status will appear as “Received”.

No, once you have submitted your application package electronically, no changes can be made. Please contact us at careers@calpia.ca.gov for additional questions.

Please contact us at careers@calpia.ca.gov in order to inform us that you no longer wish to be considered.

No, please do not attach or include any LEAP information with your application. Your LEAP certification is automatically attached to your CalCareers account.

No, please do not attach your exam results to your application. Our CALPIA staff will verify your individual eligibility as this information is attached to your CalCareers account.

  1. Once you have logged into your CalCareers profile, you will be navigated to your CalCareer Account within the Account Management section of the menu.
  2. Select the Edit Contact Information button.
  3. Within Contact Information, you are able to update your personal information, address, and associated phone numbers.
  4. After all changes have been made, select the Save Contact Information button.

Most State employees are paid monthly for the twelve pay periods in a year. Full-time and part-time employees are usually paid on the last day of the month, or on the first day of the next month. Intermittent employees are usually paid within ten working days after the end of the pay period.

Your salary depends on what position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. All positions have an associated Pay Scale. Unless special circumstances apply, most employees begin at the minimum salary of the pay range.

As a State employee, you will be eligible for a variety of benefits. These benefits range from employee pensions to health, dental, and vision plans. These benefits are dependent on the type of position you hold (permanent, temporary, full-time, intermittent). For more detailed information, visit our Benefits page.

Generally, only a few State jobs (mostly peace officers) require U.S. citizenship. You must have the necessary work visas and meet all requirements set forth by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to be eligible to work in the United States.

Yes, the State of California does not conduct examinations in any languages other than English. You must be able to read, write, and speak English to the extent necessary to perform the essential functions of the job. The test you take serves as a measure of your ability to do so.

Yes, the State of California recognizes degrees from specified accredited educational institutions. To find out if an institution of higher education is accredited, use the following resources: