To Another Class
If you find an interesting vacancy in another class at about the same level as yours and
that your knowledge, skills, and abilities qualify you for, you may not have to take the
examination. This process applies to current employees wishing to transfer and to former
employees wishing to reinstate.
Under State Personnel Board Rules 250 and 430 - 433, you may transfer from one job class
to another without examination if you meet the minimum qualifications of the class to which
you wish to transfer, the levels of duties, responsibility, and salary of the two classes
are substantially the same and the two classes are not in the same series. The transfer must
not constitute a promotion, and the State may establish policies to limit transfer to certain classes.
Salaries: "Substantially the same salary" means that the maximum salary of the highest
paying class you were permanently appointed to from an eligible list and the maximum salary of
the other class are no farther apart than two salary steps minus $1. To determine the maximum
salary of a class to which you may transfer: (1) Multiply the top step of your current class by
1.05; (2) round off to a whole number; (3) multiply that number by 1.05; (4) round off to a whole
number; and (5) subtract $1. To be sure you are comparing the top salary rates, not your own salary,
check the "State of California Civil Service Pay Scales." If either class has Alternate Ranges, use
the lowest range unless there is a 21 in the Footnotes column. For classes with Footnote 21, treat
each Range as a separate class.
Duties and Responsibilities: The hiring department makes the final decision about what is "
substantially the same."
Competing: The greater change you seek, the greater challenge you face. You will be competing against
applicants who were successful in a job-related examination or who are already in that job class.