What is the difference between an Open Competitive and Promotional Exam?

Open competitive examinations are offered to the general public and may be taken by candidates who meet the minimum qualifications presented on the examination announcement. Promotional examinations are restricted to current employees of the participating appointing authority who meet the service requirement and qualifying experience stated on the announcement.

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1. Do I have to be an Orange County resident to take a civil service examination?
2. How can I tell when a particular exam will be held?
3. I’ve applied for other examination(s) scheduled on the same date with other civil service agencies. What do I need to do?
4. Does the Orange County Department of Human Resources fill vacancies that exist within the cities of Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis?
5. Is there an application processing fee?
6. Will my application processing fee be refunded if my application is disapproved?
7. How do I request an alternate examination date?
8. How do I request special arrangements?
9. Can I submit a resume in lieu of completing the employment experience section on the application?
10. I’ve filed for an examination, but haven’t heard anything …?
11. When will I receive my admission letter?
12. How do I know when I’m scheduled for a Continuous Recruitment PC-Administered Examination?
13. Are examinations ever cancelled?
14. What is the difference between an Open Competitive and Promotional Exam?
15. What are Continuous Recruitment Examinations?
16. What is a Training and Experience Examination?
17. What will be on the examination and how can I prepare?
18. Do I have to be a United States citizen in order to be employed in civil service?
19. What if my name or address changes?
20. What is a civil service eligible list and how is it used?
21. When will I be notified of my exam results?
22. How do I obtain a copy of information related to Orange County Civil Service Exams or my Civil Service employment history?