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PES Eligible Candidates List

A new approach to hiring the next generation of police officers.

For more than 20 years, applicants around the Commonwealth have trusted Police Exam Solutions to deliver a fair and transparent selection and testing process for Non-Civil Service departments. During this time, PES has worked with thousands of candidates to secure a career in law enforcement. Today, we are pleased to announce our newest recruitment service - the PES Eligible Candidate List (ECL). This service has been designed to provide agencies with a list of eligible, vetted candidates available for hire. To learn more, determine your eligibility, and enroll, please see below.


What is the PES Candidate List?

Simply put, the PES Eligible Candidate List is a growing list of qualified, vetted candidates, managed by Police Exam Solutions, to source participating non-Civil Service police departments as hiring needs arise. Our mission is to fill department's vacancies with candidates that meet the proper criteria and are available for hire.

What's the difference between applying to a Department hosting an "exclusive exam process" and PES's Eligible Candidate List?
By being placed on the ECL, your application is eligible and available to any participating, hiring, Non-Civil Service Department in MA. Candidates that take a department-exclusive held exam are only eligible for hire by the sponsoring agency. While there will always be department’s that choose to host an exclusive exam process, there are many that can not. These are the agencies that PES will work with to source eligible candidates for hire. If you’re interested in applying to a specific city or town that is hosting a department-exclusive exam, you will be required to register through the usual PES registration process.

Deadline to enroll is 9am on September 30th.

For a limited time only, PES is offering the first 200 candidates who scored a 70% or higher on the PES written exam in 2020 and/or 2021, and has passed, or can pass a Physical Abilities Test, the opportunity to be placed on the ECL for potential hire. 

Questions to ask yourself to determine if the PES ECL is the right fit for you:

  • Are you actively seeking to secure a FT police officers position?

  • Are you ready to begin being marketed to hiring non-Civil Service agencies?

  • Have you sat for, and passed, a PES exam in 2020 and/or 2021?

  • Have you demonstrated your ability to pass a physical fitness abilities test?

  • Do you meet the standard Minimum Requirements? (see below for more information)

  • Have you conducted an exhaustive and expansive application process, but have yet to be hired?


How desirable are you to perspective employers?

As with most every job for which you apply, employers want to see that you possess job related talents and other soft skills that can illustrate your preparedness for the position. Participating police departments are interested in candidates who can demonstrate the passing of the written entry exam and the physical abilities test. If you have not participated in a PAT process or did not pass a previous physical abilities test, it's not to late! Through our partnership with a certified PAT instructor, you will be provided the opportunity to retest to meet the State's physical fitness standards. (An additional fee for PAT certification may apply.)

Police Exam Solutions is eager to assist you in navigating your way toward becoming a successful police officer. Join us in the next chapter of police recruiting in the 21st century!


This offer is an exclusive invitation to PES candidates who meet the criteria specified above. If you do not qualify, please stay tuned. We will soon be offering PES sponsored exams to candidates looking to join our growing list!


How it Works & Steps to Enroll



You are invited to join our list of vetted candidates for hire if you meet the following criteria:

  • Actively seeking a police officer position,

  • Taken and passed a PES entry exam in 2020 and/or 2021,

  • Have not received a conditional offer of employment from any MA Non-Civil Service police department,

  • Have passed a Physical Abilities Test, and/or are agreeable to retest with our Certified PAT instructor, and

  • You meet the Minimum Qualifications as specified below



To join our Eligible Candidate List as a fully vetted candidate for hire, below are the steps you must take to process your enrollment successfully:

  1. Confirm your eligibility of having received a 70% & higher on a PES exam during 2020 and/or 2021, by providing the Department name, date of your exam, and score received (if you know it.)

  2. Complete the proceeding Candidate Questionnaire.

  3. Read & agree to our Terms & Conditions as outlined here.

  4. Pay annual enrollment fee of $75.

Minimum Qualifications:

Below is a list of the standard set of requirements used by MA police departments. To be eligible for PES's Eligible Candidate List, you must meet or exceed the requirements below.

  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States as a police officer

  • High School Graduate/GED Equivalent. Candidates possessing higher education degrees may receive hiring preference.

  • Be a United States citizen (birth or naturalized).

  • Be at least 21 years old by the date of appointment.

  • Must have an active Massachusetts driver's license.
  • Be a Non-Smoker and remain a Non-Smoker.

  • Must reside within 15 miles of the boarder of the town/city within (1) one year of appointment. (Relocation expenses are not provided. Time will be allowed for relocation associated with the appointment.) (Not all departments we work with have this requirement. We will do our best to screen out the opportunities in areas that may not be physically suitable for you.)

  • Ability to obtain a valid Firearms License to Carry.

  • Must have passed the written exam with Police Exam Solutions, LLC, during 2020 and/or 2021.

  • Must successfully pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT). You may be required to participate and pass a PAT process by the hiring department in order to meet their PAT requirement.

  • Have the ability to pass a thorough background and psychological examination prior to employment.

  • Must pass interstate criminal and a driver's history.

  • Must pass oral interviews.

  • Must pass medical examination.

  • No tattoos on the neck, hands, or face.

Attention to Details:

We highly encourage you to read the ECL Terms & Conditions so you are fully informed of the Fine Print.


This will also specify for you, in a transparent manner:

  • Who is eligible,

  • What is permitted and not permitted,

  • The Minimum Requirements necessary for your enrollment,

  • Our obligation and commitment to you, and

  • Your commitment to PES.

We are very excited to roll out the new PES Eligible Candidate List. We feel that this will soon be the ultimate, preferred method to hiring qualified candidates! We hope you join us for the next chapter of police recruiting in the 21st century.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions or concerns you may have.