Civil Service

Civil Service Opportunities

Civil Service is a merit system under which State and municipal employees may be hired and promoted. The Civil Service Unit within the Human Resources Division is responsible for overseeing the administration of this system for the Commonwealth.

For additional information, please visit the Commonwealth's Civil Service page.

Civil Service Exam Schedule 

2023 Key Dates for the Municipal Firefighter Examination

Please find the key dates and other information for the entry-level examination.

Application Opening: July 1, 2023

Application Deadline: August 29, 2023*

Notices to Appear for Written Test: September 29, 2023

Written Examination Beginning Date: October 14, 2023, through October 21, 2023

Please Note: The original examination date of October 14 will be utilized for all statutory purposes.

Notices to Appear for ELPAT: After taking the written examination, you will receive your notice approximately two weeks prior to your scheduled date and time for the ELPAT.

Score Release Date: TBD

Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD

Eligible List Establishment Date: TBD

Written Test Location: Various Sites across the Commonwealth

ELPAT Test Location: 571A Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749

For additional information, please visit 2023 Municipal Firefighter Examination |

Additional information on the 2022 Civil Service Exams can be found on the Civil Service website.