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.

Only Test Security Agreement Signers can receive reading lists.

If you are a current Test Security Agreement Signer, you can login and download the reading list you need below.

For users who are not logged in as Security Agreement signers, you can 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.

Reading List Request Form

Reading List Update Dates

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 If it is not, then do not provide your candidates with the out of date reading list.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 501/502/503 June 2019

PL 501 June 2019

PDET 401/402 June 2019
Fire FCO 701-EM/702-EM May 2019

FCO 703/704 May 2019

FE 401-AA January 2020

FE 402 January 2020

FM 101 March 2019

FM 102-S March 2019
Corrections CF-FLS 202 Jan 2014
ECC ECC-FLS 202 Jan 2014

This table last reviewed on 2/12/2020.