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. All forms must be submitted with the required documents before you will be scheduled for testing (original certified copy of your birth certificate, 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.
  5. 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)