Frequently Asked Questions

1 . Where can I find available positions for the Fire or Police Department?
When a competitive test is called for by the Board, a posting notice will appear on this website, on the Civil Service bulletin board, and the bulletin board of the department which called for the test.  The announcement will also appear on the Office of State Examiner’s website and in The Daily Advertiser.  Notice of a promotional test will be posted in all the same places with the exception of The Daily Advertiser.

2. Where do I apply for a position?
Competitive or promotional applications can be picked up in the Fire and Police Civil Service office or downloaded and printed here, or from the Office of State Examiner’s website.   Original applications can be delivered or mailed to Angie Schexnayder at the Fire & Police Civil Service Office located at 705 West University Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana 70502.  This office does not accept emailed or faxed copies of applications.

3. When is the deadline for returning an application?
All jobs are posted for 30 days and the deadline will be stated clearly in the posting notice and advertisement.  Original applications, along with required documentation as listed on the first page of the application, must be received by Mrs. Schexnayder by 5 p.m. on the date of deadline in order to be considered by the Board.

4. What happens if I miss the deadline?
Applicants who turn their applications in after the deadline will not be eligible to take the test for which they are applying at this time.  Applicants would be advised to check the website of the Office of State Examiner for a listing of other jurisdictions who are still accepting applications and consider applying and testing with them and having their score transferred.

5. Are study guides available?
All study guides are available through the Office of State Examiner’s website at http://www.ose.louisiana.gov/jd_select1new.asp or a hard copy can be obtained at the Fire and Police Civil Service office upon request.  For positions currently being called for in Lafayette, study guides are available on this website.

6. If my application is approved, how will I be notified of the testing date and time?
After all applications are taken, approved applicants will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the testing time, date and place, and a link to the study guide will be provided.  Applicants whose applications were declined by the Board will receive letters notifying them of the reason their application was denied.

7. What happens after I take the test?
Within a month of taking your Civil Service test you will receive your grade letter by mail.  Names of all applicants who passed the test will be added to the eligibility for hire list and their original applications will be forwarded to the head of the department calling for the test.   The next contact you will receive will be from the hiring department.

8. How long do my test scores remain active?
Competitive exam scores remain in effect for 18 months.  Promotional exam scores remain in effect for 48 months.

9. What if I’ve already taken the Civil Service test for this position and want to transfer my scores from another jurisdiction to Lafayette?
Those wanting to transfer scores to Lafayette should fill out a competitive application and attach a copy of their grade letter and the required documentation listed on the application, and submit to Mrs. Angie Schexnayder at the Fire and Police Civil Service office at 705 West University Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana.