Trooper Career · Cadet Testing & Hiring Process
Before beginning the four phase testing process, you must submit an application. Download a copy of the application from the Quick Link Directory.
Once the application has been received in our office, it will be reviewed and a letter sent to the applicant notifying them if their application has been accepted. If the application was accepted, they will also be notified of their Phase One testing date.
The testing process consists of four phases. Click one of the below buttons to jump to the phase you're interested in learning more about. See the bottom of this page for Additional Testing Information.
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.
Oral Board Interview:
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. 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:
Note: Applications are only valid for 90 days. If you have applied more than 90 days ago, you will be required to submit a new application.
For questions about a career as a trooper or applying, please contact