joinSPD – Testing


Candidates must pass ONE of the below written examinations: 

  • PELLETB: Complete the California P.O.S.T. Reading & Writing Test (PELLETB). Pass Point is a T-Score of 48 or higher. (Results valid for 1 year.)  For more information or to register go to:  www.theacademy.ca.gov/tests OR 
  • National Testing Network (NTN): Complete the National Testing Network Test (NTN). Pass Point scores are 65% Video, 70% Reading, and 70% Writing. (Results valid for 1 year.)  For more information or to register go to https://www.nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Complete the California P.O.S.T. Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB). Pass Point is a score of 320 or higher. Also included is a 1.5-mile run. Please inform South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium staff that you will be applying for the City of Salinas to allow extra time. With the extra time, you still must complete the 1.5-mile run within 16 minutes or less. (Results valid for 1 year.) 

The Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) consists of: 

  • 99-yard obstacle course 
  • 32-foot body drag (165 lbs.) 
  • 6-foot chain link fence climb 
  • 6-foot solid wall climb 
  • 500 yard sprint 
  • 1.5 Mile Run 

We accept California P.O.S.T. “T-Scores”, 1.5-mile run, and “WSTB” results from other agencies, if taken within the last year of when you submit your SPD application. Once all required materials have been received and a fully completed application has been completed via https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Salinas, all qualified applicants will receive a notification by email inviting them to the oral board exam. 

Recruitment/testing questions may be addressed to Maria Avila at (831) 758-7231 or [email protected]. For specific law enforcement questions, Officer David Poulin at (831) 758-7122 or Sergeant Danny Warner at (831) 758-7120 or email at [email protected].