Candidate Membership

How getbadged works for Candidates:

Step 1: Create your getbadged Candidate Account. It's completely FREE, and takes just FIVE MINUTES

Step 2: Complete your Candidate Profile

Step 3: Upload your supporting documents 

  • You can not add documents to an already-submitted application package. Keep in mind that a thorough application package demonstrates to the department your strong interest, attention to detail, and dedication to the hiring process. 
  • For POST Certified Officers/Lateral Transfers, you must upload your POST Certification.

Step 4: Choose your exam date & membership level

  • PES/getbadged hosts 2-4 exams monthly on behalf of our member departments. Exams offered either in-person or online.
  • Once you pass the getbadged exam by achieving a minimum score of 70%, you won't be required to take any additional department exams, saving you HUNDREDS of dollars.

Congratulations! You are now ready to begin applying to jobs! Your getbadged application package is what the department will receive and use to determine your eligibility for employment. Once your exam score is posted to your Candidate Dashboard, it is also automatically added to your application package along with your skills, certifications, qualifications, and uploaded documents, which you'll be submitting to a department's jobs. This confirms to our hiring departments that you have fulfilled the exam requirement. As departments move through the hiring process, you can track the status of your application(s) on your Candidate Dashboard. Membership Options: Which one is right for you?
Candidate Memberships

Two Ways to Get Hired!

Once you pass the entry exam & meet the Min Reqs for hire, you are in our database as a vetted, Eligible Candidate for Hire. This means:

  1. You're qualified and meet the Min Req's specified to apply to a department's job opportunities, AND
  2. You are eligible to be pursued by our Premium Dept Members through our unique "Badge Request" feature

How do Badge Requests work?

  • Premium Departments have access to our complete pool of vetted candidates (no contact info, gender, ethnicity, or age are revealed until you accept a badge request).
  • If a candidate's credentials match their desired hiring criteria, they'll send a Badge Request. 
  • Receiving a Badge Request email notice, signals to the candidate that the department is interested in learning more about them and their interest in the department's job(s).
  • If a candidate is interested, they simply "Accept" and consent to forwarding their application. This is managed entirely through the Candidate's Dashboard.
  • The department receives notice the badge has been accepted & can immediately view the candidate's application & supporting docs for further outreach.

With more than 23 years of experience, we believe we've addressed the needs and expectations of candidates aspiring to become police officers. Our fully automated, user-friendly, centralized platform, provides a fair, transparent, and well-defined process, ensuring you're always aware of your application's status in the hiring process. 

Step 1: Create my getbadged Candidate account

The getbadged team is here & available to answer your questions. For assistance, call 781.645.6005 or email .



What is getbadged?

In short, is about making connections. It is a community of professionals looking to hire or get hired for the role of police officer. getbadged is the only platform of its kind. Our custom developed solution is an innovative, 21st century approach designed to centralize all non-Civil Service hiring.

getbadged applicants looking to get hired are provided with the maximum number of opportunities to conduct job searches based on the skills and qualifications of the candidate. getbadged provides the functionality, control, and tools to move them one step closer toward earning their badge when hired as a police officer. getbadged's unique technology allows Premium Candidate Members the ability to be pursued by departments looking to invite candidates to connect, based solely on the skills and qualifications they possess.

getbaded is pleased to serve non-Civil Service agencies including Municipalities PD's, Campus PD's, as well as Hospital and other Public Safety Agencies. Whether your agency is seeking to fill an Entry Level, FT Academy Trained, or POST Certified Officer/Lateral Transfer positions, getbadged has a pool of eligible candidates with varying levels of skills, qualifications, and certifications. When an agency is looking to hire new officers, getbadged offers a centralized hub to post jobs available with their non-Civil Service departments. We provide the tools and functionalities necessary to conduct a streamlined, effective, and successful recruitment effort. 

What does 'getbadged' mean? getbadged has a dual meaning: 

  1. You're an applicant looking to get hired and earn your police badge, and
  2. As a Premium Department Member, your department is is able to conduct a more aggressive recruitment effort by utilizing your 'badging' capabilities. Our Premium Department Members receive the ability to view our complete pool of vetted candidates. See a candidate that possess the skills, qualifications, certifications, and other desired criteria your agency is seeking? Send the candidate a badge request to let them know you're interested in learning more about them. If/when the candidate accepts your badge request, their complete application package is forwarded directly to your department dashboard for further outreach efforts. As a Premium Candidate Member, you are eligible to receive badge requests from Premium Departments.

How do I renew my membership?

Your Candidate Profile provides you with the expiration date of your membership term. If, upon membership expiration, you would like to renew your membership, you must register for a new exam and pass with a 70% and above. Your new membership term is valid for six (6) months from the date of your most recent exam purchase. Your most recent exam score will replace any previous exam score(s), regardless of being higher or lower than previous scores.

What if I did not pass my PES entry exam?

If you did not pass the PES police entry exam, the first step you will need to register to retake the exam. With PES/getbadged, there is no waiting period required before you retest.

While you are waiting to retake the exam, we recommend ordering a copy of the study guide exclusive to the exam you will be taking. While the study guide is not necessary to achieve a passing exam score, it will be helpful to help you prepare for future exam attempts.

It is important to take the efforts to adequately prepare for the exam to increase your chances of passing the next time around. This includes several basic steps to achieving the desired exam performance. These simple suggestions have helped candidates succeed on their exam:

  • The day before your exam, get a good nights sleep so you're well rested.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast, so you're nourished and not distracted by being hungry.
  • Be prepared by having the specified items ready to go on the morning of your exam.
  • Take your time and read the questions and answers thoroughly.
  • Answer the questions honestly and be true to who you are. Unlike other entry exams, there are no strategies to doing well on the PES entry exam, other than being honest with your responses.
  • Make sure to double check your work as you go, to reduce the possibility of mismatching your answer choice to the wrong question.

In summary, if you did not pass the police entry exam and you would like to apply to jobs, you must register to retake the exam. With dedication and effort, you can improve your chances of passing the exam and pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Why do you ask for my social media handles?

Providing your social media handles allows our hiring agencies the ability to get to know you better. It also allows them to see if there is any information that could be relevant to the job(s) you are applying to. It is not uncommon for people to collect social media handles of perspective employers, however it is important to note that the you are only being asked to share this information with the departments you are applying to in relation to your employment or their business needs, and it will not be used discriminate against you in any way.

What is the POST Certified Officer/Lateral Transfer Membership & do I qualify?

getbadged is a platform dedicated to connecting agencies with qualified candidates like you who possess the necessary qualifications and experience. As a POST CO/LT member, you can access a centralized hub where you'll find a wide range of job opportunities specifically tailored for fully certified POST officers or those seeking lateral transfers.

By joining getbadged, you'll receive a six-month membership term for $100, opening the doors to unlimited opportunities with non-Civil Service agencies actively seeking applicants with your specific skills and experience.

Our platform offers a personalized dashboard, enabling you to effortlessly manage your profile, application history, and uploaded documents. Moreover, our getbadged departments are required to track the stages of your hiring progress directly from their dashboard, ensuring transparency throughout the process. This feature allows you to stay informed about the status of your application and where you stand in their hiring process. To qualify for the purchase of a FT POST Certified Officer/Lateral Transfer Membership, you must meet the following requirements:

     FT POST Certified Officer:

  • To be considered an eligible  position, applicants must hold current Full-Time Police Officer status, and be POST Certified. 
  • Support of your Certification is required to be uploaded to your profile for verification by the hiring agency to which you apply.
  • A full-time enforcement officer from any U.S. law enforcement agency with a minimum of two years full time experience in his/her agency may apply to join the Department as a Lateral Transfer.

     FT Lateral Transfer:

  • A FT Lateral Transfer applicant must be certified and in good standings with the National Decertification Index (NDI).
  • Support of your Certification is required to be uploaded to your profile for verification by the hiring agency to which you apply.
  • Must be of good moral character and fit for employment, as determined by the POST Commission.

Who do I call if I'm experiencing technical issues with my account?

If you are experiencing issues with your account, one of the getbadged team members will be happy to assist you. You can contact us by email, or for immediate assistance, call our office at 781.645.6005. 

Do you offer a study guide for exam preparation?

Yes! Although it's not necessary to achieve peak exam performance, anyone interested in purchasing an exam study guide can do so through provided below. It's important to note that the study guide you are ordering is specific to the actual exam you'll be participating in. The cost is $10, and can be downloaded to your computer within a few hours from the time of your purchase. Click here to order your study guide today.

What does the PES/getbadged entry level exam assess?

The PES Entry Level exam for law enforcement is designed to assess two dimensions: Non-Cognitive traits including integrity, honesty, positive outlook, socialization, anti-social behavior, and diligence/orderliness. The Cognitive traits assessed include deductive reasoning, information gathering, written comprehension, written expression, problem sensitivity, and inductive reasoning. 

The Non-Cognitive section consists of scenario-based questions and are designed to learn more about candidates and how they would respond to certain situations. The answers to these questions and traits are not things someone can learn from a textbook. They are behavioral traits that are ingrained in us.  The Cognitive section is designed to assess a candidates ability to perform the basic fundamentals necessary to be a police officer.

Our exam series has been locally validated, and is designed to produce the least amount of adverse impact to the protected classes. 

What are Badge Requests?

'Badging' capabilities are available to our Candidate and Department Premium Membership. A badge request is an innovative and interactive approach to an aggressive recruitment effort. The first of its kind, getbagded allows Premium Member departments the ability to search our entire list of eligible applicants, based solely on the town/city of residency, skills, qualifications, certifications, and vet status, of the candidates. When a department chooses to pursue a candidate for the purpose of potential employment, the hiring agency can send the candidate a 'badge request.' When a candidate receives a badge request, they can review the job post to make a determination on whether they are interested in the position. If the candidate accepts the badge request, a match is made and their application package with their complete profile, contact info, and any uploaded documents will be forwarded directly to the badging department for additional outreach. Candidates who receive badge requests have the option to accept or decline. Should a candidate decline the badge request, the department is notified and no additional is required. 

What is the getbadged refund and/or exchange policy?

getbadged does not offer refunds on exam registration purchases,  or Certified Officer/Lateral Transfer Memberships. Exam registration purchases are for the exact exam date chosen for enrollment and registrations can not be transferred or rescheduled to another date. We understand that there are extenuating circumstances that come up which may affect the ability for a candidate to participate, however these situations are handled at the discretion of our staff. We make no guarantees that we can accommodate a person's attendance looking to transfer to a different exam registration date.

Do you offer a Fee Waiver if I'm experiencing a financial hardship?

Yes. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact PES/getbadged directly to request a Fee Waiver Application. If you meet the eligibility qualifications, you must complete the application in its entirety and submit it, along with the supporting documentation of your subsidy, to . A PES team member will review your application and documents and make an eligibility determination within two (2) business days of the receipt of your paperwork. If you are approved, you will not be responsible for the exam registration fee. For more details, please contact our office by email or phone.

Once I submit my application, how does the department contact me for further outreach?

When a hiring department wants to contact you, they will use the contact information you provided in your candidate profile to reach out to you directly. Here are a few common ways they may reach out to you:

  1. Phone call: You may receive a phone call from the department's hiring liaison. They may want to schedule an interview, discuss your application further, or provide you with additional information about the hiring process.
  2. Email: Hiring departments will most often use email to request an interview, asking for additional documentation, or providing updates on the status of your application. Make sure to check your email regularly, including your spam or junk folder, to ensure you don't miss any important messages. It is highly recommended that you add to you safe-list to ensure any communications through reach you successfully.

It's important to ensure that the contact information you provide in your application or candidate profile is accurate and up to date. Double-check your email address, phone number, and any other contact details you provided to make sure you can be easily reached by the hiring department.

Remember to regularly check your preferred communication channels, including email and voicemail, and promptly respond to any inquiries or requests from the hiring department.