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Reading Lists

Please Note: You must be a Test Security Agreement signer in order to receive a reading list for one of our promotional public safety tests.

A reading list is the list of books used by candidates to prepare for an IPMA-HR promotional test. All of our promotional tests are knowledge-based, and that knowledge comes from the books listed on each reading list.

We require that the Candidate Reading List be distributed to candidates for study purposes at least 60 days prior to their test date. It is important to remember that reading lists should not be posted year-round. Doing so would provide applicants with an unfair advantage. This would, in turn, invalidate the test results. Read more about reading lists and why they are important.


The following dates reflect the most recent update to a particular reading list. Check to verify that your reading list is the most current available. If it is not, then do not provide your candidates with the out of date reading list.

Type Test Name Last Updated
Police PSUP 401/302 V2/403 Jan 2017
  PL 401 Jan 2017
  PDET 301/302 Jan 2017
Fire FCO 601-EM/602-EM Sept 2017
  FCO 603/604 Sept 2017
  FE 101-AA Sept 2017
  FE 102 Sept 2017
Corrections     CF-FLS 202 Jan 2014
ECC ECC-FLS 202 Jan 2014


Fill out the form below and click submit. Once we've received your request and verified that you are a TSA signer, you'll receive an email reply with the reading list you requested.

Please note that some reading lists cover multiple tests.

Please select which reading list you would like to receive. You may re-submit this form to receive lists for multiple tests.