The next step in the pre-hire process is the completion of a computer-based test.  Tests are typically scheduled on the second (2nd) Friday of each month, though this is subject to change.  An invitation to test will be emailed to you upon receipt of your completed application. Because seating is limited, we ask that candidates confirm a testing slot.  Testing slots are available on a "first come, first serve" basis.

Testing will be held at the following locations:

Sheriff's Office Training Center
Computer Lab
543 McDow Road
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
Shelby County Services Building
19220 US-280
Room 206
Birmingham, AL 35242
Please check your email for your test date and time, or refer to the Events Calendar on this website to check dates, times, and locations.

2.5 hours are allotted for the Deputy Sheriff and Jail Deputy exam.

Please arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled exam to complete required paperwork.  Members of the Sheriff’s Office typically speak to applicants before the exam. The test is computerized and you will be in a room with other test takers.  Please wear business casual attire. Electronic devices are not permitted in the test facility. Registered examinees will not be allowed to enter the test facility once testing begins.

A valid, government issued identification is required to enter the test facility (must be current). Additionally, you will be required to provide the last seven (7) years of residence on the background release forms that we provide. You may bring a list of your last seven (7) years of residence to assist you in filling out the background release form.

No, the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board does not supply study guides; however, Industrial/Organizational Solutions, our test provider, offers a wide range of study materials available for purchase on their website.

For Deputy Sheriff and Jail Deputy study guides please visit:

You may also contact them by calling 888.784.1290, by emailing, or visit their website at

The Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board must approve all exam results before notifying examinees. Delivery of test results are generally sent electronically the day following the next regularly scheduled board meeting; however, delivery may take up to two (2) weeks or longer depending on board approval.

You may reapply to take the test 90 days from the date of the failed exam, per the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Rules and Regulations set forth in Section 7.02 Entry Level Applications, paragraph 3 "no person who has applied and been examined for a particular classification will be examined again for the same classification sooner than the third calendar quarter from the time of certification of scores from the previous examination."

Test scores remain valid one (1) year from test date.

The Sheriff's Office will receive a referral list of eligible candidates following the Shelby County Law Enforcement Personnel Board's approval of test scores. The Sheriff's Office will contact potential candidates of the next steps in the hiring process. All questions regarding the hiring process, following the exam, should be made directly to the Sheriff's Office.