APPLICATIONS OPEN! 2022 Assistants in Safety & Security EPSO Exams

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On 17 November, 2022, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) released an official Notice of Competition aiming to select assistants in the fields of Security and Health & Safety. Successful candidates will end up on the Reserve List from which EU institutions, offices and agencies can then recruit.

This will be the last competition EPSO releases this year.

To help candidates understand and decode all the information presented by EPSO in this Notice of Competition, EU Training will hold an 2022 EPSO Assistants in Security & Safety - Information Webcast on Friday, 18 November 2022 at 12:30PM (Brussels time / CET).

Within this competition, THREE profiles have been announced:

  • Operational Security (EPSO/AST/155/22 - 1)
  • Technical Security (EPSO/AST/155/22 - 2)
  • Occupational Health & Safety (EPSO/AST/155/22 - 3)

Below we explore the specifics of this really exciting competition and the selection process involved.

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Competition Snapshot  I  Eligibility Criteria  I  Selection Process  I  How Can You Apply?


Competition Snapshot

  • Open for Applications: 18 November 2022
  • Application Deadline: 20 DECEMBER 2022 (12-noon Brussels Time)
  • Grade: AST3
  • This competition covers three profiles - you may apply for only one - and you cannot change profiles after you have validated your application
  • Posts will be based in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg

Under this competition, the following THREE reserve lists have been advertised, from which the various European Institutions may recruit new members:

Profile & Competition Code Candidates Sought
  Operational Security | EPSO/AST/155/22 - 1 44
 Technical Security | EPSO/AST/155/22 - 2 24
  Occupational Health & Safety | EPSO/AST/155/22 - 3 33

Please read the Notice of Competition's Point 2 "what duties can I expect to perform" section for details on the main roles covered by each field. These will also be summarised in the INFO WEBCAST.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have EU citizenship
  • Fulfilled any military service requirements
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned
  • Have knowledge of at least TWO official EU languages:
    1. Have a thorough knowledge (minimum C1 level) of one of the 24 official EU languages.
    2. Have a good command (minimum B2 level) of ENGLISH OR FRENCH
    3. Language 1 and 2 MUST BE DIFFERENT

Qualifications & Work Experience:


Selection Process

IMPORTANT: You can complete your application in any of the 24 official EU languages, BUT the Assessment Centre will be in English or French (your chosen Language 2)


This phase of the competition is made up of a series of computer-based multiple-choice reasoning tests. These are sometimes also referred to as CBT.  All candidates must take the pre-selection exams in one of the EU's 24 official languages (your chosen Language 1).





Verbal Reasoning

20 questions

35 min


Numerical Reasoning

10 questions

20 min


Abstract Reasoning

10 questions

10 min


Only those of you who have a top-ranking score for all three tests combined will have your applications checked for eligibility.
The results of these three tests will NOT be added to the marks obtained in the other Assessment Centre tests when calculating your final overall score.


Those of you who scored the highest marks in the Computer-Based Tests will have your applications checked against the eligibility requirements of this competition. Candidates found eligible through their application will move on to the next round of the competition. 


A maximum of 3 times the number of successful candidates sought for each profile will be invited to this next phase.

Those progressing forward in the Assessment Centre will be tested on the SEVEN general EPSO competencies through TWO tests:​

  • Case Study
  • Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI)
  • Each general competency will be awarded a mark out of 10, with a total pass mark required of 35/70. 

Field-related competencies will be tested through the Field-Related Interview (FRI) and and the pass mark is 50/100.

These exercises will need to be completed in your Language 2.


After checking candidates’ supporting documents, the selection board will draw up a Reserve List of eligible candidates who obtained the highest overall score, until the number of successful candidates sought is reached.


How Can You Apply?

Make sure to ALWAYS check the official Notice of Competition to fully understand the rules related to your specific competition and the exams. For full details on this selection procedure read the official Notice of Competition and the General Rules Governing Open Competitions to ensure you have the required qualifications and satisfy the eligibility criteria before applying. 

To start the application process, click on your chosen profile:

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