Special Agent - Minimum Qualifications
One year of experience in the California state service performing duties in the class of Special Agent Trainee, DOJ. (Completion of six months of service as a Special Agent Trainee, DOJ, will admit applicants to the examination, but they must satisfactorily complete one year of experience in this class before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
Experience: Two years of experience as a peace officer* in an investigative assignment performing civil, criminal, or narcotics law enforcement work. (Patrol experience may be substituted for the required investigative experience on the basis of one year of patrol experience being equivalent to six months of investigative experience.
Education: Equivalent to completion of two years of college (60 semester units). (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required college education on a year-for-year basis.)
Experience: One year of experience as a peace officer* in an investigative assignment performing civil, criminal or narcotics law enforcement work. (Patrol experience may be substituted for the required investigative experience on the basis of one year of patrol experience being equivalent to six months of investigative experience.)
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college.
*AS DEFINED IN SECTIONS 830.1, 830.2, AND 830.3 OF THE CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE OR EQUIVALENT FEDERAL AND OUT-OF-STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be either a U.S. citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U.S. citizenship, except for members of the California Highway Patrol who must be U.S. citizens. Permanent resident aliens who have not applied for citizenship will be permitted to take an examination, but cannot be appointed to a peace officer class until they have applied for citizenship. Denial of an application for citizenship shall result in termination of employment. In addition, failure to attain citizenship within three years after filing an employment application because the applicant has not cooperated in processing the application for citizenship shall result in termination of employment.
Under provisions of Penal Code Section 832, successful completion of a training course in laws of arrest, search and seizure, and in firearms and chemical agents is a requirement for permanent status in this classification.
Persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in the amended Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 are disqualified from appointment to these classes.
FELONY CONVICTION DISQUALIFICATION:
Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in these classes.
FIREARMS CONVICTION DISQUALIFICATION:
Anyone who is restricted for employment-related purposes from accessing, possessing, carrying, receiving, or having under his/her control a firearm or ammunition under all applicable State or Federal Laws is ineligible for appointment to any position in this classification.