State Patrol Cadet/Trooper Examination Process

The Colorado Constitution and the Department of Personnel outline strict processes and procedures which must be followed to fill jobs at the Colorado State Patrol. The Colorado State Patrol & Department of Public Safety Human Resources Staff are committed to providing selection and examination processes that are appropriate for the position, as well as identifying “top notch” candidates.

There are several different phases in the hiring process for the Colorado State Patrol Cadet that can take up to one year to process, primarily due to the number of candidates that apply.

Step 1:  You may submit an online employment application, before the closing date of the announcement, by visiting the State of Colorado's online application website at CoJobs.  An HR Analyst will review your online application against the state's minimum qualifications (MQ's) for the job.  After review of MQ's you may potentially be officially invited to test.  You must have an official invitation from Human Resources in order to be admitting into the testing facility.

MQ PHASE:  After you have been qualified by an HR Analyst, eligible applicants will be invited to the first exam phase (see below).  Each phase of the process below is numerically scored.  Only those that meet or exceed the pass points for each examination phase will continue on into the remaining phases of the process.


Examination Phase 1: Written Examination:  The CWH Next Generation Entry Level Law Enforcement Aptitude Test is comprised of 136 multiple choice items.  The format of the items on the test include basic academic items (such as reading comprehension and grammar), situational judgment, and conditional reasoning.  Candidates are given 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the test (there are no timed subsections - candidates may continue at their own pace throughout the test administration.) Written Test STUDY GUIDE. There will also be a mathematics portion of the written exam. (Special Note: a possible mathematics exam is on the horizon tentative for 2017 testing)


Examinations are tentatively scheduled to take place between May 8th and May 20th, 2017 in the following cities, applicants must attend one of the testing locations in person upon recieving a official testing invite from Human Resources:

  • Golden, Colorado
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Grand Junction, Colorado

Examination Phase 2: Physical Fitness Test:  The physical standards and testing process required for entry in to the Colorado State Patrol Academy must be achieved prior to moving to the next examination phase.  All candidates whom enter the Written Examination Phase 1 (above) will be required to take this phase exam in the same day.  In order to move into phase 3 of this process, you must have passed in the "top group" from the written examination AND have a passing score on the Physical Fitness Test.  A passing score for the physical consists of candidates achieving 32 push-ups in one minute OR achieving 5/7 (39 shuttles) on the 20 Meter Multi-Stage Fitness Test - both test must be taken, you may not elect to take one or the other.  You may not take this portion of the test without being invited to the written examination by a Human Resources Analyst.   Please read the information in this link about the Physical Fitness Test for more information and view the video for a demonstration. 

Examination Phase 3:  Background Investigation/Major's Review Phase::  This Phase is the process of investigation and face to face interview with a CSP Background Professional whom will look into compiling criminal records, commercial records, financial records, reference checks and much more.  The Appointing Authority will use the background and any additional reports to evaluate the candidates overall cultural fit including values, beliefs, and outlook to ensure the applicant appears to match the organizations culture based on the totality of the applicant file up to this point.  If you pass this phase your application may move forward to Phase 4.

Examination Phase 4:  Structured Application Review Board:   A panel of Lieutenant Colonels and Majors from the Colorado State Patrol will review your entire file and any documents attached to your profile to provide independent ratings that will be used in determining who will be offered a conditional appointment.


1. Polygraph that includes a complete and thorough Polygraph conducted by certified professional State Patrol uniformed member.  You will answer a series of examiner's questions that will measure physiological data

2.  Psychological Assessment and Interview

3. Drug & Alcohol Testing

4. Denver Health Medical Physical Agility/Strength Test


  • Lateral Academy: September 24, 2017 (if you apply April 13th, 2017)
  • Full Open Compete Cadet Class 2018-1: January 2018 (if you apply April 13th, 2017)


Apply Online - Applications for Cadets will open April 13th, 2017

The Colorado State Patrol is an Equal Opportunity Employer