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Alternative State Application Program (ASAP)

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) was adopted as a law in the State of Utah in 2010. It is intended to help the State of Utah become a model employer in the hiring and retention of qualified individuals with disabilities.

ASAP allows for non-competitive review and potential hire of qualified candidates and creates a potentially faster way for hiring managers to fill vacancies.

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What is ASAP?

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities through an on-the-job examination period. 

What jobs are eligible to be filled using ASAP?

All Executive Branch career service (schedule B) positions are eligible to be filled using ASAP.

How to qualify to participate in ASAP?

To be eligible, the candidate must meet the minimum qualifications for the job and provide adequate documentation of their disability. 

Adequate documentation includes:

  • SSDI or SSI documentation
  • Veterans Administration Certification
  • Schedule A Letter
  • Letter from Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Letter signed by physician on physician letterhead

All documentation that determines the nature and extent of a disability will be kept secure, confidential and maintained by the ASAP Coordinator in the Division of Human Resource Management (DHRM).

How to apply?

When an eligible position(s) becomes vacant, an ASAP candidate:

  • Applies for the position(s) interested in through the State of Utah’s online application system; and
  • Notifies the ASAP Coordinator of each position they would like to be considered for under ASAP.

The ASAP Coordinator will work with the agency’s recruiter to determine if the hiring manager would like to participate in ASAP, and follows up with the ASAP candidate. 

If hired through ASAP, the candidate will be placed in a time-limited (schedule A) position and begin a six (6) month on-the-job examination period. Supervisors will be instructed to conduct monthly performance evaluations during the six (6) month on-the-job examination period. At the end of the six (6) month period, if successfully performing, the employee will be converted to a career service (schedule B) position and begin the regular probationary period for the job. (Typically a twelve (12) month probationary period.) 

How long are certification documents kept on file?

Certification documents are kept in the DHRM Administration office for a minimum of three years; at which point they are destroyed in accordance to retention schedules provided by the Division of Archives and Records Service.

How to contact the ASAP Coordinator?

The ASAP Coordinator, Rachel Dodge, can be reached by emailed

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. The State provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Division of Human Resource Management at (801) 957-9380 or TDD/TTY (801) 965-1248.

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