California Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)


State Policies & Initiatives: 

~“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:

    Take LEAP Readiness Evaluations to obtain list eligibility
    Apply for job openings
    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  “

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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