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Inspector I, Department of Consumer Affairs (8834)

Inspector I, Department of Consumer Affairs

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: VW10
  • Class Code: 8834
  • Established: 10/24/1963
  • Revised: 12/07/1972
  • Title Changed: 11/23/1970


Under direction, to assure compliance with the provisions of the Administrative and Business and Professions Codes by conducting inspections in one or a combination of business activities; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

In an assigned district, makes inspections and investigations and takes samples in the enforcement of the provisions of State laws such as those requiring the licensing of barbers, apprentices, barbershops and schools, cosmetologists, electrologists, instructors in cosmetology and electrology, cosmetology shops and schools, manicurists, dry cleaning shops and plants, spotters and pressers, fur and hat renovators, manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers of upholstered furniture or bedding or those items containing concealed filling materials, veterinary hospitals, and electronic dealer records; investigates complaints in connection with alleged violations of law; gathers evidence for use and assistance in hearings and prosecutions; writes investigation reports and maintains records of inspections and activities; maintains working relationships with law enforcement agencies; has wide contact with the public and assists the public by furnishing information concerning the particular acts within the Business and Professions Code; interviews and consults with licensees to determine causes of violations and to encourage compliance.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Two years of experience with a governmental agency in one or a combination of the following:


1. Inspection of business establishments for compliance with laws, rules, regulations, and standards. or


2. In law enforcement which has included some investigation work.


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Equivalent to completion of two years of college with at least 12 units in police science or criminology. (Students within one semester of completing the required two years of college will be admitted to the examination but must produce evidence of completion before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State laws, rules, and regulations regarding individuals and businesses licensed by various agencies with the Department of Consumer Affairs; laws of arrest and rules of evidence and procedures followed in court and administrative hearings; inspection techniques and procedures; industry practices and inspection problems such as those encountered in the barber, cosmetology, dry cleaning, and furniture and bedding businesses, veterinary hospitals, and yacht and ship brokerage establishments.


Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; interpret and apply sections of State laws which relate to individuals and businesses licensed by various agencies in the Department of Consumer Affairs; analyze data and draw sound conclusions; think and act quickly in emergencies; write complete and concise reports; deal with the public in a courteous and fair minded manner.

Special Personal and Physical Characteristics

Ability to walk long distances; willingness to travel throughout the State and work odd and irregular hours; keenness of observation; and neat personal appearance.

Additional Desirable Qualification

Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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