How to Apply

How to Apply for a Job with the CPUC


Depending on the position, applying to the CPUC can be a two, three, or five-step process. Listed below are helpful resources that detail:

  • Why there is a variation in the application process;
  • How to find the process that is right for you; and
  • A step-by-step explanation for completing each process.

Why Are There Three Application Processes?

The variation is caused by how the CPUC determines a candidate’s eligibility. For a majority of the CPUC’s positions, eligibility is determined by an employment eligibility examination. The exam is a central part of the three and five-step application processes.

In contrast, the two-step process does not require an eligibility exam. Instead, the two-step process requires applicants to submit a job application with some additional documentation. This additional documentation may include, but is not limited to:

  • A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ);
  • A professional license; or
  • A resume.

Each job posting will provide greater details regarding the required documentation and how to properly complete/submit them.

What is the Difference Between the Three and Five-Step Application Process?

The variation is caused by the administration of the state eligibility exam. Depending on the position, the exam can be administered in one of three ways:

  • Online via CalCareers (the State of California’s employment website);
  • Online survey; or
  • In-person.

In contrast to the CalCareers exam, the online survey and in-person exams require all candidates to submit a registration form prior to actually taking the exam. This additional requirement creates a five-step application process.

How Do I Know Which Process is Right For Me?

To find which process is right for you, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Go to the Browse Jobs section of this website.
  2. Click on your desired job title.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the job posting. Here you will find the application process required for your position of interest.

Where Can I Get Help With Completing the Process?

Listed below are helpful applicant resources that provide a step-by-step explanation of each process. To access a step-by-step explanation, simply click on one of the images listed below.

If you would prefer speaking to one of our HR representatives, please visit the Contact page.

How to Apply in 2 Steps

How to Apply in 3 Steps

How to Apply in 5 Steps