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2021 Department of Correction Chef Exam

Please find key dates and other information below for this promotional exam.

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Key Dates for the Promotional Exam

Application Opening: August 17, 2021
Application Deadline: September 7, 2021

Education & Experience (E&E) Application Opening: September 17, 2021
Notice to Appear for Exam Emailed: September 24, 2021
Examination Date: October 6, 2021
Education & Experience (E&E) Application Deadline: October 13, 2021
Score Release Date: TBD
Education & Experience (E&E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Establishment Date: TBD

Examination Fee: $150
Location: Various Sites across the state
Eligibility: Employee in the Department of Correction with permanent civil service status in the title of Correction Officer/Head Cook

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Next Steps

  1. Read texts on the reading list.
  2. Apply for the exam when the application period is open.
  3. Education & Experience (E&E) Application Opening: September 17, 2021
  4. Notice to Appear for Examination: September 24, 2021

    Two weeks before the examination date you will receive a notice to appear by e-mail. The notice will tell you the location and the time to appear for your examination. Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the e-mail before contacting this office.
  5. Education & Experience (E&E) Application Deadline: October 13, 2021

    Promotional examination candidates are required to file their E&E Claims; It is a mandatory exam component and will result in a failing score if the claim is not completed.  Supporting documentation will be accepted up to 7 calendar days following the examination date by email:

  6. Scores: TBD

    You have received your examination result by email.

  7. Education & Experience (E&E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD

    Before filing an appeal regarding your E&E claim, please ensure that your submitted documentation supports the information referenced on your E&E claim.

  8. Eligible List Establishment Date: TBD

    When the eligible list is established you will be able to view your rank.


How to Apply for 2021 Dept of Correction Chef Exam banner
  1. Find the application for 2021 Department of Correction Chef Exam.
  2. Read about the exam information and find out if you’re eligible to take the exam.
  3. Click Apply in the top right corner of the exam poster and follow the instructions to submit your application.
  4. Once you’ve successfully submitted your application, you’ll see a Click to Pay button. Click the button to pay for your exam. Be sure to pay for the correct exam.
  5. You’ll receive two confirmation emails when you’ve completed the process:

     an email confirming that your application has been received
    an email confirming that your payment has been received

    Your application is not complete until you have received both confirmation emails. Once you receive the successful payment confirmation email, you may ignore the option to Submit Payment which may still be displayed in your account.


Please ensure that your email address is up to date on your account. If you need to change anything on your account, please see here for instructions: Update Your Account Contact Information. All notices are sent by email. Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the email before contacting this office. You are also able to view all email notices sent to you from our office by logging into your Civil Service account and viewing your inbox.



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