We need writers!


Are you well-versed in the world of assessment? Need an outlet through which to share your plethora of knowledge? Seeking opportunities to flex your writing muscle? Want your own byline? Look no further! IPMA-HR is looking for paid contributors to the Assessment Services Review: the official blog of the Assessment Services Department. We want to offer our readers fresh perspectives, experienced commentary, and cutting edge news from our world. Your level of commitment is up to you: write one, two … or 12 entries a year — and get paid to do it!

Interested? Please send an email to Andrey Pankov at apankov@ipma-hr.org

Get Your Organization Involved in a Research Study!

The Research Department at IPMA-HR is gearing up for a new research study and we need your organization’s help.  Participation in the study is free!

Study’s Objective:

The online survey will be conducted with public sector employees from all generations.  The study’s main objective is to determine similarities and differences that exist across the generations related to employment values.  Most importantly, results from the study will provide for our members information on what is key to recruit and retain different generations of public sector staff.

Organization’s Profile:

Our aim is to have participants in this study whose organizations have a workforce comprised of close to 10% millennials (Born 1981-1997; ages 19 to 35) or more.

Your Reward for Participating:

  • You will receive a free copy of the report of findings.
  • You will also receive a free copy of your organization’s results
  • In addition, for free, you can add a custom question to the survey.

Please, contact Melissa Paluch at mpaluch@ipma-hr.org by April 11th if you are interested in participating. Don’t hesitate, as slots are filling up quickly!

IPMA-HR Consortium Testing …Save Time and Money

Do you want to save money and time administering IPMA-HR’s entry-level and promotional tests?

As the demand for online testing increases, we want to stay ahead of the curve and offer you the most cost and time efficient options available.  IPMA-HR is considering the development of consortium testing and would like your feedback on the process.

Consortium testing is, in essence, a centralized test center located within a region that can administer IPMA-HR tests to large groups. The results are then offered to several departments for review. The advantage of a consortium is twofold: candidates only need to take one test, and departments find cost savings while still maintaining high standards in finding the right people for open positions.

Consortium testing . . .

Is an alternative for administrative and budget-conscious departments, gathering together a large group of candidates across multiple departments for testing purposes.

  • Is done at a local community college or other IPMA-HR approved test site.
  • Is administered by an approved IPMA-HR representative.
  • Handles test administration for multiple departments at the same time, saving money and time for candidates and administrators.

Check out the FAQs for additional information.

Please take the quick Consortium Testing Interest Survey so we can gauge interest in this new administration service.

Thank you!

Get Unprecedented Reach to Top Public Safety Professionals


With IPMA-HR’s new job board, Public Safety Compass, you’ll get up to four times better response than the leading national job board.

  • Reach more local job seekers than any other site.
  • Expose your ad across hundreds of targeted niche sites with one single posting.
  • Find active and passive job seekers who qualify for your job.
  • Save time in the hiring process with proprietary job matching technology.
  • Leverage the power of social networks in your hiring.
  • Access local and national résumé databases at no extra charge.
  • Use an Applicant Tracking System.

Learn more about the largest recruitment ad network of job sites in North America at:  jobs.publicsafetycompass.com


Pricing Updates for 2016

Please note the following price changes that have taken effect immediately related to IPMA-HR’s Assessment Products:

  • While we continue to offer free shipping via UPS Ground, our rush shipping fee has increased from $20 plus 10% of the order total to $20 plus 15% of the order total.
  • If you utilize our scoring service through the University of Maryland, the base fee for that service has increased from $40 to $50. The $0.50 per candidate fee remains the same.

All other pricing from 2015 remains the same. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us.

2nd Edition Firefighter Study Guide Now Available

We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of our Firefighter Candidate Study Guide!

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The 2nd edition now offer a full 100 item practice test as well as:

  • 25 item answers explained
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Fire Tests
  • Content area review
  • Analysis of question types and answer approaches
  • Test day tips

This study guide can be used to study for all 6 of our Entry Level Firefighter Exams; including the FF-EL 100, 200, and 300 series.

You can have candidates buy individual guides or as with all other candidate study guides, we offer reduced prices for agency purchases.

Last Push for Participation – New ECC Test Validation

We are hard at work on bringing you 3 new entry-level Emergency Communication Center (ECC) tests. As you know all of our tests go through a thorough validation phase that gets documented in the free Technical Report available with every test. Now your agency can be a part of the process, have a test with direct evidence for use within your organization, and enjoy a deep discount on your next test order (plus other benefits).

All the detailed information can be found on our ECC Validation page. But to summarize, we’d need your to get together a group of your incumbent ECC staff to take the test, then have their first and second line supervisors fill out a brief evaluation for each incumbent taking the test. If you can’t commit to a large group, that’s OK, even 5-6 staff can make a huge difference if multiple agencies get on board.

We are making one last push to get enough participation to finish the validation stage of the development. If your organization can participate in the next 2 months please fill out an interest form here or email Andrey Pankov with any additional questions.

Update to PSUP Test Series Reading List

The reading list for the PSUP series of Police Supervisor Tests has been updated to reflect the release of a new edition of one of the books that appears on the list.

The updated reading list table is below:

Police PSUP 301/302/303 May 2015
PL 301 Jan 2015
PDET 201/202 Jan 2015
Fire FCO 401-EM/402-EM Apr 2015
FCO 403/404 Apr 2015
Corrections CF-FLS 202 Jan 2014
ECC ECC-FLS 202 Jan 2014


Request a reading list.

Introducing the new FCO 400 Series

We are excited to introduce our new 400 Series Fire Company Officer Tests. These tests were designed to assess whether candidates have the competencies to perform successfully at the rank of fire company officer (i.e., lieutenant, captain) in a fire department. FCO 401-EM and FCO 402-EM were designed for those departments that perform emergency medical (EM) services. The series is comprised of four tests:

These tests are meant to fully replace the two Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests we’ve been offering for the past year, and more fully reflect the FCO 300 Series that were offered in Spring 2014 and earlier.

Feel free to request the reading list for these 4 tests. The reading list is quite different from the Fire Company Officer A and A with EM tests because two books are now in new editions. Continue reading

Essentials of Employment & Labor Law: Webinar Series from IPMA-HR

Readers of the ASR have expressed interest in articles detailing legal issues so we wanted to pass along this information from IPMA-HR.

You can join renowned employment and labor law attorney David Ritter of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, for IPMA-HR’s Essentials of Employment & Labor Law webinar series. This new webinar series is the most comprehensive, practical, up-to-date employment and labor law training available for public sector HR practitioners.

This 4-part series is geared to the real-world needs of human resources professionals and managers, providing “best practice” insights and information on some of the most pressing issues in employment and labor law today.

Available both live and on-demand, the four webinars include:

The Legal Implications of Social Media in the Workplace
March 25, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) & Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
June 17, 1:00 p.m. EST

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
October 14, 1:00 p.m. EST

Conducting Employee Investigations
December 9, 1:00 p.m. EST

Become an even more effective human resources administrator with this essential webinar series. 

Purchase now and watch at your convenience — webinars are available both live and on-demand.

Earn Education Credits

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HRCI | The Essentials of Employment & Labor Law webinar series, has been approved for 4 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information, visit www.hrci.org.

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IPMA-CP | This webinar series has been approved for 4 points (1 point per webinar) toward IPMA-CP or IPMA-CS recertification. To learn more, please visit: www.ipma-hr.org/recertification.