Agent Minimum Qualifications

The Department offers the peace officer classification of Agent. Agent positions are entry-level positions.

Please review the position details carefully. Additionally, please review the Peace Officer Candidate Selection Standards carefully before applying.


    • Pattern I

Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing duties of an Agent Trainee, Alcoholic Beverage Control, or at a comparable level performing investigative duties. (Applicants who are within six months of satisfying the experience requirement for this pattern will be admitted into the examination, but they must satisfactorily complete one year of experience in the class before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

    • Pattern II

Experience: Two years of experience as a peace officer (as defined in the California Penal Code Section 830 et. seq.) performing investigative work as part of regular enforcement activity.

    • Pattern III

Education: Equivalent to graduation (four year degree) from an accredited college/university. (Students in their senior year in college will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Qualification Patterns I, II, III

These patterns are the three different paths that you can use to meet the minimum qualifications when applying for the position. The path you choose will determine the documentation you will need to submit when applying for the written exam.


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