Frequently Asked Questions

About the Exam

  • How do I apply?

           Visit our Employment Opportunities page

  • The exam date is on a day I cannot attend—do you offer online testing or another test date?

Yes! We are pleased to announce that the City of Urbana has partnered with the National Testing Network to expand our testing options.  Test locations are offered throughout the country. For more information, please  visit  the National Testing Network FAQ page.

  • Is there an exam fee?

There is not a fee to attend an exam offered through the City of Urbana; these exams are offered on a specific day and time. You may also test through the National Testing Network at your convenience for a small cost.

  • What are the minimum qualifications?

For an overview of the minimum requirements of the position or a complete job description, visit the  Urbana Police Department Recruiting Information page.

  • Do I need to live in the city in order to take the exam?

No, you do not need to be an Urbana resident in order to take the exam. However, Urbana residents do receive five preference points on the civil service exam. Please review the application for more information on when and how to submit proof to receive resident preference points.

  • I have previously taken the exam for Urbana Police Officer and passed; do I need to retest?

If you are currently on an active register, you do not need to retest to be considered for future vacancies. Your name will be valid on the register for two years after the test.

About the Hiring Process

  • If I pass the exam, when will I be hired?

If you pass the exam, you will be placed on the Civil Service Register for Police Officer, but placement on the register does not guarantee that you will be hired; you must still successfully pass several more steps in the process.

Depending on your exam score, you may be invited to interview immediately. If you receive notification that you are on the register but are not in the first group to be interviewed, you may be invited to interview at a later date. Be sure to keep your contact information current; if you change your address, including your e-mail address, be sure to notify the Urbana Human Resources division at (217) 384-2459 or e-mail Elizabeth Borman at:

About the Job

  • Where can I find more information about the Urbana Police Department?

For more information about the Urbana Police Department, visit:

  • Do I need to live in the City if I'm hired?

According to Urbana Civil Service Rule 12.8, Police Officers are required to live within a 30-mile radius of the city limits of the City of Urbana by the time they complete their probation (six months).

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Created on: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 09:37
- Author - ElizabethD