FAQs for Candidates

Social Media Handles

Why are social media handles requested?

Social media handles are optional and only shared with departments you apply to. They allow departments to:

  • Learn more about you beyond your resume.
  • Assess your suitability for the role based on publicly available information.

This practice is not discriminatory and complies with equal opportunity hiring regulations.

POST Certified or Lateral Transfer Membership Qualifications

Unlock Your Potential: POST Certified & Lateral Transfer Opportunities

Ready for a new opportunity or to take your career to the next level? getbadged offers a centralized hub packed with job opportunities specifically curated for POST Certified and Lateral Transfer Officers

No entry exam required!

For just $50, get a six-month getbadged membership:

  • Unlimited access to non-Civil Service agencies seeking your expertise.
  • Personalized dashboard to manage your profile, build your application, and track your history.
  • Effortless application process to showcase your skills and experience.
  • Receive unlimited Badge Requests: Get noticed and pursued by agencies actively seeking your skills!

POST Certified: Qualify with just three steps

  1. Hold a valid FT POST Certification.
  2. Upload proof of certification to your profile.
  3. Start applying for your desired jobs!

FT Lateral Transfer: Qualify with just four steps

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Must be of good moral character and fit for employment, as determined by the POST Commission.

getbadged for Candidates - Join the Revolution!

getbadged: Our One-Stop Solution for Connecting Aspiring Officers & Departments

For Candidates:

  • One application package, one time: Build a strong application package, only once. 
  • Smart job search: Tailor your search to align with your career goals for greater independence and control over your future.
  • Effortless applications: Apply to desired department jobs with a single click. Automated, seamless, and efficient.
  • One exam, one fee: Ditch the expensive, limited-reach exams. 1 membership, 1 exam, 12 months of opportunity.
  • Get noticed, get-badged: Be actively pursued by agencies seeking your skills and qualifications through our unique "badging" feature.

Join the getbadged movement. Together, we're redefining recruitment!

Fee Waiver Application

Facing financial hardship? We understand. getbadged offers a Fee Waiver program to qualified candidates.

Here's how it works:

  • Contact us directly to request an application.
  • Complete the application and submit along with supporting documents.
  • Get a decision within 2 business days.
  • Get approved, and your getbadged membeship is covered!

For details, contact info@getbadged.com today.

Technical Support

Need technical assistance?

Department Outreach to Applicants

Streamlined Communication for a Successful Hire: Together, let's create a seamless experience!

Here's how we ensure a smooth hiring process for both candidates and departments:

Candidates will be notified directly by the department via email or phone call if their application is marked as "Contacted." Departments will initiate all outreach efforts.

Departments will record a candidate's application as "Contacted," to ensure a clear communication attempt (email or phone call) has been made directly to the candidate. This proactive approach keeps candidates informed and expedites the hiring process.

Safelist tip: Add department contact emails to your safelist after applying.

Exam Study Guide

Get Exam Ready to Ace Your Exam: Optional Study Guide

  • Boost your preparation: Purchase an exam study guide, specific to the exam you'll be taking, for $10.
  • Downloadable format: Access your guide within hours of purchase.
  • Not mandatory for success: While helpful, it's not required to pass the exam.

Click here to order your optional study guide.

Snow/Inclement Weather Exam Cancellation

getbadged will make the decision to cancel or reschedule in-person exams due to inclement weather within 24 hours of the scheduled exam date. Our primary concern is the safety of all candidates and staff involved.

Notification: Candidates will be notified of any cancellations or rescheduling via the email. 

Rescheduling: If an in-person exam is canceled, getbadged will work promptly to reschedule the exam to the earliest available in-person exam date. getbadged will notify candidates be email of the available exam dates.

Refund Policy: While getbadged will make every effort to accommodate candidates with alternate exam dates, however no refunds will be granted due to snow/inclement weather cancellations.

We understand that unforeseen circumstances can be inconvenient, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility in such situations. Your safety and the integrity of our testing process are our top priorities.

The getbadged Entry Exam

getbadged Entry Level Exam: 

  • Assesses both non-cognitive and cognitive traits.
    • Non-cognitive: Integrity, honesty, work ethic, etc. (cannot be learned, assesses natural behavior)
    • Cognitive: Reasoning, information gathering, communication, problem-solving (assesses basic skills)
  • Scenario-based questions: Gauges how a person would respond in real situations.
  • Nationally recognized, locally validated.
  • Minimizes bias against protected groups: Shown to produce the lowest Adverse Impact to protected classes.

Exam Score Validity Period

Maximize Your Score & Opportunities with GetBadged

getbadged Score = 12 Months of Validity:

  • Your score stays valid for a full year after purchase, regardless of retries.
  • Departments require candidates with recent scores (within 1 year).
  • Need to retest after 12 months? No problem! Purchase a new membership and pass with a 70%+ score.
  • Your latest score always supersedes previous attempts.

Public Safety Agencies We Serve

Diverse Candidates Meet Top Public Safety Agencies!

getbadged connects candidates from all backgrounds with a vibrant network of leading public safety agencies. Our platform helps showcase candidates' unique skills and experience to departments actively seeking top talent. This ensures a perfect fit for both candidates and departments. We specialize in filling positions for:

  • Dispatchers: Keeping communities safe behind the scenes.
  • Entry-Level Officers: Ready to launch a rewarding career in law enforcement.
  • Academy-Trained Officers: Trained and ready to embark on the next step.
  • POST Certified Officers: Showcasing expertise and looking for a new opportunity.
  • Lateral Transfers: Leveraging experience to find the perfect fit.

Public Safety Powerhouse Network: Careers with Top Agencies!

  • Municipal Police Departments: Upholding law and order in vibrant communities.
  • Campus Police Departments: Ensuring safety and security on dynamic college campuses.
  • Hospital Security & Non-Civil Service Public Safety: Making a difference in healthcare and specialized safety environments.

Getting Badged: Badge Requests

Get Noticed with getbadged 'Badging'

Our exclusive 'Badging' feature for Premium Department Members revolutionizes recruitment:

  • Departments find you: Premium departments gain instant access to our diverse pool of pre-vetted candidates to search for ideal candidates based on location, skills, certifications, and more.
  • Targeted outreach: Candidates receive 'badge requests' directly from interested departments.
  • Effortless applications: Accepted requests instantly deliver candidates' complete application package to the department for consideration.
  • Full control: Candidates can choose to accept or decline requests. No candidate information is released to the department unless the request is accepted.

Refund and/or Exchange Policy

No Refunds: getbadged does not offer refunds for Premium Memberships with exam registrations, or POST Certified  /  Lateral Transfer Memberships.

Rescheduling: Exam registrations are for the chosen date and cannot be transferred.

ONLINE Exam Participation:

  • Reserve your seat and submit ID after registration. This is not a rescheduling option.
  • Failure to complete these steps requires re-registration for a new exam.

Candidate Membership Renewals

Membership Renewal
 
  • After your Membership expires, simply purchase a new membership.
  • Membership and exam validity depend on type:
    • Premium Candidate (Entry Level): Includes an exam registration, score validity & membership term is valid for 12 months.
    • Certified or Lateral Transfer: No exam required, valid for 6 months.

Retesting & Score Validity

Didn't Pass Your Exam? No Problem! Get Back On Track with getbadged:

  • Retake the exam immediately: No waiting period.
  • Boost your preparation: Order our exclusive study guide (optional).

Do my membership and score validity change if I retake the getbadged exam?

  • Maximize your membership: Your score is valid for 12 months from purchase, regardless of first attempt or retest. Wait to retest? Your score's validity adjusts to the remaining membership term.

Don't wait - retake your exam and land your dream career faster!

FAQs for Departments

Public Safety Agencies We Serve

Diverse Candidates Meet Top Public Safety Agencies!

getbadged connects candidates from all backgrounds with a vibrant network of leading public safety agencies. Our platform helps showcase candidates' unique skills and experience to departments actively seeking top talent. This ensures a perfect fit for both candidates and departments. We specialize in filling positions for:

  • Dispatchers: Keeping communities safe behind the scenes.
  • Entry-Level Officers: Ready to launch a rewarding career in law enforcement.
  • Academy-Trained Officers: Trained and ready to embark on the next step.
  • POST Certified Officers: Showcasing expertise and looking for a new opportunity.
  • Lateral Transfers: Leveraging experience to find the perfect fit.

Public Safety Powerhouse Network: Careers with Top Agencies!

  • Municipal Police Departments: Upholding law and order in vibrant communities.
  • Campus Police Departments: Ensuring safety and security on dynamic college campuses.
  • Hospital Security & Non-Civil Service Public Safety: Making a difference in healthcare and specialized safety environments.

Getting Badged: Badge Requests

Get Noticed with getbadged 'Badging'

Our exclusive 'Badging' feature for Premium Department Members revolutionizes recruitment:

  • Departments find you: Premium departments gain instant access to our diverse pool of pre-vetted candidates to search for ideal candidates based on location, skills, certifications, and more.
  • Targeted outreach: Candidates receive 'badge requests' directly from interested departments.
  • Effortless applications: Accepted requests instantly deliver candidates' complete application package to the department for consideration.
  • Full control: Candidates can choose to accept or decline requests. No candidate information is released to the department unless the request is accepted.

Technical Support

Need technical assistance?

Department Outreach to Applicants

Streamlined Communication for a Successful Hire: Together, let's create a seamless experience!

Here's how we ensure a smooth hiring process for both candidates and departments:

Candidates will be notified directly by the department via email or phone call if their application is marked as "Contacted." Departments will initiate all outreach efforts.

Departments will record a candidate's application as "Contacted," to ensure a clear communication attempt (email or phone call) has been made directly to the candidate. This proactive approach keeps candidates informed and expedites the hiring process.

Safelist tip: Add department contact emails to your safelist after applying.

The getbadged Entry Exam

getbadged Entry Level Exam: 

  • Assesses both non-cognitive and cognitive traits.
    • Non-cognitive: Integrity, honesty, work ethic, etc. (cannot be learned, assesses natural behavior)
    • Cognitive: Reasoning, information gathering, communication, problem-solving (assesses basic skills)
  • Scenario-based questions: Gauges how a person would respond in real situations.
  • Nationally recognized, locally validated.
  • Minimizes bias against protected groups: Shown to produce the lowest Adverse Impact to protected classes.