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ABOLISHED 01/15/2019 PER PAY LETTER 19-04 - Physical Testing and Evaluation Specialist (4963)

Physical Testing and Evaluation Specialist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: LA75
  • Class Code: 4963
  • Established: 02/01/1984
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general supervision, to administer physical abilities tests including sensitive measurements and evaluations for coronary risk factor screening; to provide counseling on diet and exercise programs; to assist with the development and implementation of special physical fitness programs and training projects; and to perform other related work.

Typical Tasks

In the administration of the physical abilities test, ensure precise calibration and proper functioning of testing equipment; measure, time, evaluate and record achievements of candidate; measure body fat percentages using skin fold calipers; take blood pressure readings; conduct coronary risk assessments which includes an evaluation of candidate's fitness; maintain close observation of candidate during testing for warning signs of possible emergency; assess unsuccessful candidate's physical condition and counsel them on proper diet and exercise programs; serve as a physical fitness resource to departmental employees; keep abreast of current practices in the field and make recommendations for program improvements; conduct formal training on various aspects of physical fitness; ensure correct application of standards, policies and procedures; review records for completeness and accuracy and maintain confidentiality of all materials; gather and organize data for required reports and assist as needed on special projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Either


1. A Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine or other exercise physiology related curriculum. or


2. A Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education with a minimum of 12 semester units in exercise physiology, sports medicine or physical fitness related subjects. Successful completion of the National Teacher's Examination for Physical Education (K-12) administered by the Educational Testing Services may be substituted for the Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education.


(Registration as a senior in a recognized institution will admit applicants to the examination under either of the above patterns, but they must produce evidence of graduation before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and techniques of physical fitness testing and evaluation; basic principles of human anatomy and physiology; various methods of aerobic exercise; the significance of basic nutrition and its value to a good physical maintenance program; basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; principles of effective training techniques; proper skin fold measurement techniques; blood pressure reading before, during and after testing; maximal and submaximal exercise testing techniques.


Ability to: Effectively manipulate and calibrate physical abilities testing equipment; evaluate risk factor and health data and prescribe individualized diet and exercise programs; give clear and precise instructions; respond effectively and administer basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergency situations; work cooperatively with others as a team; work under general supervision; conduct training sessions on physical fitness and health maintenance, practices and benefits.

Special Personal Characteristics

Dependability; good judgment, integrity; tact and courtesy; possess and maintain the necessary physical strength to effectively manipulate and calibrate testing equipment; display interest and knowledge of health and physical fitness maintenance; willingness to travel.

Additional Desirable Characteristics

Laboratory or field experience performing physiological testing and evaluation.

  Updated: 2/1/2019
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