Prep Courses
Prep Programs are offered for targeted promotional and open competitive exams leading to civil service status in the following titles:
Mayoralty Agencies & Health & Hospital  Corporation 
  • Administrative Job Opportunity Specialist
  • Administrative Manager
  • Associate Call Center Representative
  • Computer Associate Technical Support
  • Legal Coordinator
  • Legal Secretarial Assistant
  • Principal Administrative Associate
  • Principal Police Communications Technician
  • Stenographic Specialist
  • Supervisor, Office Machine Operators
School Construction Authority
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Associate
  • Administrator Coordinator
  • Assistant Finance Specialist A, B, & C
  • Assistant Manager Community Relations
  • Contract Compliance Officer
  • Contract Specialist
  • Document Control Technician A & B
  • Furniture & Equipment Coordinator
  • Manager, Administrative Services
  • Manager, Furniture & Equipment
  • Program Coordinator
  • Senior Contract Specialist
  • Senior Program Coordinator
  • Senior Staff Support
NY State Office of Court Administration
  • Assistant Court Analyst
  • Administrative Services Clerk
  • Senior Administrative Services Clerk
  • Principal Administrative Services Clerk
  • Supervising Photostat Operator
Exam Prep Programs
Computer Associate Technical Support (CATS)

DCAS has issued a Notice of Examination for the Computer Associate Technical Support (CATS) title that is represented by CWA Local 1180. The exam is being offered as both a promotional and open competitive exam.

The Trustees of the Education Fund have arranged to offer a CATS exam prep course on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013.

The course work will be offered in 3 segments:


This 6-hour hands-on segment is being conducted in our labs and will consist of visual and hands-on demonstrations and exercises on circuit boards, processors, chips, computer hardware and software.

Register Now. 6-hour hands-on segment

Interested? Enroll by January 11, 2016


This 28-hour segment consists of supervisory practices and principles and scenarios and will be offered onsite, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and available online for members with an 1180 Online Account.

SEGMENT 2 - This 16-hour segment will consist of multiple-choice exercises on supervisory practices and principles.

SEGMENT 3 - This 12 hour segment will include practical applications of computer technology, business and managerial principles, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources.

Register Now. 28-hour segment

The Civil Service System The City fills many of its positions through the Civil Service Exam Process--a process guided by the New York State Civil Service Law.  The law is in place to help ensure that the hiring process is competitive and fair.

How to Apply for Exams

Applying Online
Apply online using the Online Application System (OASys) at  OASys accepts credit card, debit card or bank card payments or a public assistance ID number.  Online applicants receive a $5 discount.

Applying in Person
Visit one of the two Computerized Testing Center (CTC) locations:

2 Lafayette Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY  10007
210 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY  11201

Applying by Paper Application
Visit one of the two CTC locations to obtain an application form.
NYS Department of Civil Service
Most examinations are held periodically.  Some examinations are held on a continuous recruitment basis.  This means that applications are accepted continuously, qualified applicants are tested on an as-needed basis and successful candidates' names are added to the eligible list continuously.

State civil service written tests are conducted in various locations throughout the state, usually in schools or colleges.

Promotion and Transition Examinations
The New York State Department of Civil Service offers the opportunity to apply for these examinations online.  Candidates may also apply for these examinations using NYS-APP or at NYS Civil Service Outreach and Information Center.

Continuous Recruitment Promotion Examinations
Applications for Continuous Recruitment examinations are accepted continuously, with no application deadline.  Examinations are conducted for positions where there is an almost constant need for qualified individuals.

How to Apply for Exams

As part of the Community Outreach and Recruitment Program efforts, the New York State Department of Civil Service has outreach offices throughout the state to provide information on State employment opportunities and the Civil Service process.

Exam Information
NYS Department of Civil Service
Empire State Plaza
Swan Street Building (Core 1), First Floor
Albany, NY 12239

1-877-697-5627 —

New York City
NYS Civil Service Outreach & Recruitment Center
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
163 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027

1-212-961-4326 —

New York City School Construction Authority
The New York City School Construction Authority is subject to the New York State Civil Service Law and oversight by the New York State Civil Service Commission, not the New York City Civil Service System. The NYC SCA is responsible for administering its own civil service system in accordance with applicable New York State laws.

All SCA positions are part of the Civil Service system. Positions in the competitive class require interested individuals to file and take a civil service examination and score high enough on the list to be reached for appointment.
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Refundable Deposit
Refundable deposit must be received 15 days before the first class meeting.

Make check or money order payable to:

CWA Local 1180 Education Fund

Mail to:

Workplace Literacy Program
attn:  Jocelyn, 4th Floor
6 Harrison Street
New York, NY  10013-289

Useful Links
NYC Exam Regulations
DCAS Exam Application Accepted
visit open competitive exam archive
visit promotional exam schedule