Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) at CDFW


The Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is designed to help persons with disabilities get jobs in the California state civil service. LEAP is an alternative to the traditional testing process, allowing applicants to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities through on-the-job testing (a "Job Examination Period").

In order to be eligible for the LEAP program, candidates must be certified by the Department of Rehabilitation and have their LEAP certificate information entered into CalHR's database. Once a candidate is approved, the candidate may enter the program, which consists of the following steps:

  1. Take LEAP Readiness Evaluations to obtain list eligibility
  2. Apply for job openings
  3. Complete a Job Examination Period if selected.

Candidates who successfully complete the Job Examination Period are transitioned to the civil service classification for which they tested. LEAP exams are available at

Examples of Job Classifications used by CDFW for which CalHR offers LEAP Examinations:

  • Accountant Trainee
  • Office Assistant (General)
  • Office Assistant (Typing)
  • Program Technician
  • Office Technician (General)
  • Office Technician (Typing)
  • Staff Services Analyst (General)
  • Attorney

Additional information regarding LEAP and Related Services

Human Resources Branch
Main Office: 715 P Street, 16th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing: PO Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090