Trooper Career · Cadet Testing & Hiring Process
Effective September 1, 2013, the WSP Cadet Testing Unit is now accepting applications using NEOGOV at careers.wa.gov.
Before beginning the four phase testing process, you must submit an application on NEOGOV by clicking on 'Trooper Cadet Application' in the Quick Link Directory. *Note - you will not be allowed to test without an approved application and an email confirmation from the WSP Human Resources Division. We are no longer able to accept applications at Phase One testing sites, or allow applicants to test on a walk-in basis.
Once the application has been electronically received, it will be reviewed and an email notice will be sent to the applicant notifying them if their application status. If the application was accepted, they will also be asked to self-schedule through NEOGOV for an available test date of their choosing, after which they will receive an email confirming their test date, location, and further details..
The testing process consists of four phases. Click one of the buttons below to jump to the phase you're interested in learning more about. See the bottom of this page for Additional Testing Information and Information for Out of State Applicants.
Phase One consists of two written tests and the Cooper Institute Physical Fitness Test.
Physical Fitness Test:
Notice: The applicant must meet the body fat standards outlined in the application. If the applicant does not meet these standards or provide a waiver they will not be allowed to participate in Phase One testing. See Body Fat Standards for more information.
Refer to the fitness video for demonstrations of the following three tests:
One Minute Push-up:
One Minute Sit-up:
1.5 Mile Run:
*Applicants are required to pass all three tests in order to continue to the next phase.
Upon completion of Phase One, applicants will be notified if they qualify to advance to Phase Two. If the applicant qualifies for Phase Two testing, they will be scheduled within the same month as the Phase One testing was conducted.
Phase Two of the testing process consists of an oral board interview. The oral board interview consists of general personal background questions and situational questions requiring the applicant to formulate a response to solve or deal with a given problem. Watch the informational video about what to expect in Phase Two of the testing process.
Applicants are required to bring copies of the following documents to their oral board interview:
At this phase in the testing, the applicant’s height and weight will be confirmed to ensure they meet departmental standards.
Applicants may be notified if their scores advanced them into phase three upon completion of the oral board interview.
Phase Three consists of a pre-employment polygraph examination and an extensive background investigation.
All applicants are required to submit to a pre-employment polygraph examination. Once the polygraph has been completed, the background investigation begins.
The background investigation solicits information about the applicant by contacting personal references, employers, neighbors, friends, school, law enforcement agencies, etc. The background investigation averages two to three months to complete.
Applicants will be notified by mail whether or not their accumulative scores will advance them to an eligibility roster. Approximately two months before hiring begins, applicants on the eligibility roster may be given a conditional offer of employment. In compliance with federal law, all persons accepting a conditional offer of employment will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form. Hiring of the applicant is contingent upon the successful completion of Phase Four.
Phase Four consists of the following:
All applicants are required to provide evidence of a current TB (Tuberculosis) test.
Applicants may only test three times in a 12 month period.
Applicants who have failed during one of the phases may re-apply as follows:
Out of State Applicants
We offer an accelerated out of state testing at the Olympia location only for those traveling from outside Washington State. However, Washington State applicants are also welcome.
Here is how it works --
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