State Patrol Cadet/Trooper Minimum Requirements

 Minimum Requirements
  • Must be age 20 years of age to apply and be at least 21 years of age at the start of the next scheduled academy class (Academy January and July of each year);
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED at time of application;
  • An applicant is not required to be a US Citizen to apply, however, they must have documentation that allows them to live and work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Documentation is specified on the Form I-9 issued by the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Applicants must be a Colorado Resident to advance in the process. Those enrolled in a Colorado University or College, Colorado residents enrolled in an out-of-state University or College, and military personnel with a DD-2058 indicating Colorado as a State of Residence may also be allowed to advance. Please see requirements posted in the job announcement for specific qualifications and instructions.
  • Applicants must have a current and valid State of Colorado Driver's License at the start of the academy.

Please note: If you are removed from the process you may not be allowed to reapply for one year from the date of the last examination phase you completed, please contact the Human Resources Analyst for the Cadet Program for questions regarding this rule.

If you have questions, please Contact a Recruiter


Additional Requirements


The Colorado State Patrol is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Applicant must be willing to serve a one year probationary period;
  • Must be able to effectively communicate fluently in English verbally and in writing;
  • Must meet the standards of the Colorado State Patrol Drug-free Workplace Policy including passing a pre-employment Drug Screen; Substance Abuse Policy
  • Must be available to work 24/7 as needed for emergency response. This includes availability to work weekends, nights, holidays, and rotating shifts, and work in all weather conditions;
  • Applicants must be willing to be fingerprinted and must be able to pass an extensive background investigation, psychological examination, medical/physical, physical fitness/agility tests, and submit to a pre-employment polygraph;
  • The background investigation is based on the following criteria, including, but not limited to: Driving history, criminal behavior/history, alcohol use/behavior, drug use/behavior, and integrity. If you omit any material fact on your application/testing materials, whether intentional or unintentional, you will be disqualified. If any disqualifying information is discovered at any stage of the selection process, you will be removed from consideration for the position;
  • Vision must be unimpaired or correctable to 20/20 and must possess normal color vision, depth perception, night vision, near acuity, far acuity, accommodation and field of vision including peripheral;
  • Must be able to hear and understand voice and radio communication either aided or unaided.

These requirements are subject to change by the Colorado State Patrol Executive Command Staff at any time before any actual job posting. If you have questions, please Contact a Recruiter

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