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A Satisfying Career Starts Here

After completing the application process, qualified candidates will be contacted and asked to begin the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications being processed and the anticipated hire date, the selection process could take up to two months to complete.

Applicants are encouraged to keep in contact with the CDA during this process, as inconsistent communication may slow the process much further. All applications remain valid for one year from the date of receipt.

Applicants must complete our extensive selection process before they can join the team. This process includes:

  • Application Review
  • Preliminary Criminal History Check
  • CritiCall Exam to Test Applicant’s Skillset
  • Observation
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Conditional Offer
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Background Investigation
  • Director Review
  • Drug Screening
  • Formal Offer
  • Fingerprints

Learn more about each part of the selection process with the applicant handbook, which you can download right here.


Classroom Instruction and On-the-Job Learning

Once selected, all new PSCO employees receive six weeks of classroom training, after which they receive on-the-job training in each unit from designated co-workers who provide one-on-one instruction.

All PSCO employees must pass the State Certification exam at the end of the classroom training.