Trooper - Trainee Applicant Process

STEP 1 Application, Forms, Testing

  1. Submit your application on-line. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified by email to continue on to step 2 through 4 if you meet the minimum requirements.
  2. Print and complete the Waiver for Trooper Trainee (HR-99) (PDF) form.  This form must be notarized by a notary or DPS employee.
  3. Print and complete the Background Investigation Questionnaire (RC-4A) (PDF) form. This form must be notarized by a notary.
  4. Print and complete the Self Evaluation Questionnaire (RC-5) form. The signature on this form should be witnessed by a Department employee.
  5. All forms must be submitted with the required documents before you will be scheduled for testing (original certified copy of your birth certificate or naturalization paperwork, current credit report, certified college Transcripts, DD-214 for military personnel only, certified High School transcripts, Social Security Card, and Drivers License) to the nearest Recruiter/Tester by mail or in person.
  6. If you have not been issued a DD-214 you may provide a memorandum from your Commanding Officer or have your Commanding Officer complete the Department’s Military Discharge Form (PDF).

STEP 2 Physical Demands Test (-)

Crunches and Push-up Video

  1. Annex 1 Age and Gender PRT Flow Chart
  2. Physical Readiness Testing
    1. Abdominal Crunch *
    2. Push-Ups *
    3. 1.5 Mile Run*
      (*see no. 1 attached flowchart age and gender requirements)


      Row 2000 Meters on a Concept2 Rower Concept2 Rowing Video

      Using the Concept2 VO2max calculator your VO2max in the Age/Gender chart must be at the higher end under the “Fair” column to pass the Department’s Physical Demands Test.

STEP 3 ***Written Test

  1. Reading
  2. Arithmetic

*STEP 1 Through STEP 3 Are Completed On Applicant's Test Date*

STEP 4 Polygraph Examination

STEP 5 File Review

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

STEP 6 Assessment Board

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

STEP 7 File Review

  1. Only the top candidates will continue to the next step

STEP 8 Conditional Job Offer Testing

  1. Psychological Evaluation
  2. Medical Examination
  3. Vision Test

STEP 9 Background Investigation

STEP 10 Final Approval Review

STEP 11 Letter of Invitation to the DPS Training Academy

***Pass/Fail Only
(-) Based On Minimal Accumulative Cut Off Score
***Study Materials Available. (Not Civil Service Exams)