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 and the Preferred Qualifications (PQ's) for the job.  After review of MQ's/PQ's you may potentially be invited to test.  You must have an official invitation from Human Resources in order to be admitted into the testing facility.  This comes shortly after your application is approved via email.  Please make sure you check you inbox, including your spam folder for correspondence from us.

Colorado State Patrol Applications are currently CLOSED.


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RE-APPLYING APPLICANT:  If you have previously taken the written exam/fitness step, within the last year, you may not "re-take" the exam until one year has passed.  However, you may re-apply and use your old passing scores that are on file.  Otherwise, you MUST apply and compete through the entire process.

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.

TENTATIVE EXAMINATION PROCESS (This process is subject to change)

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.

Examinations are generally scheduled to take place 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 State Patrol Training Academy
    • Dates: TBD
    • Address: 15055 S. Golden Road, Golden CO 80401 (Building 100 - 2 Buildings West of the Main Academy Building): Click here for directions.
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: North Colorado Springs Army National Guard Readiness Center
  • Grand Junction, Colorado: Army National Guard Readiness Center

Physical Fitness Step:  The physical standards for the Colorado State Patrol Academy must be completed prior to moving to the next examination phase.  All candidates whom enter the Written Examination Phase 1 (above) will be required to take this step in the same day.  In order to move into phase 2 of the examination process, you must obtaining a passing score from the written examination AND must complete the physical fitness step consisting of push-ups for one minute and a 20 Meter Multi-Stage Fitness step - both stages must be taken, you may not elect to take one or the other.  You may not take this portion of the process without being invited to the written examination by a Human Resources Analyst.   Please see the video for a demonstration of the two fitness stages.

Comprehensive Background Investigation Step:  This step is an 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.  A post polygraph background will be conducted as part of the comprehensive background package in every evaluation after the polygraph step.

Polygraph Step: This step includes a complete and thorough Polygraph conducted by certified professional State Patrol uniformed member or their designee: this could also be a qualified vendor.  Candidates will answer a series of examiner's questions that will measure physiological data to include a post poly background summary.  The post poly summary conducted by CSP will wrap up the comprehensive background package.

Examination Phase 2:  Appointing Authority Structured Application Review Board:   A panel of Lieutenant Colonels and Majors from the Colorado State Patrol will review the candidates entire file and any documents attached to a candidate profile to provide independent ratings. These Appointing Authorities will use the written exam scores, fitness step, and any additional reports to evaluate the candidates overall fit including values, beliefs, and outlook based on the totality of the applicant file up to this point.  Only the top group of applicants selected from the Appointing Authority Structured Application Review Board will move forward to the Oral Board Examination Phase 3.

Examination Phase 3: Oral Board Interviews:  A panel consisting of at least one Major, at least two other Commissioned Officers from the Colorado State Patrol and possibly other Subject Matter Experts will interview you personally for the position.  The panel will provide independent ratings during your 15-25-minute oral board interview.  The questions are not shared and are behavioral based.  There could be anywhere from 6-10 questions.  Candidates will be required to travel to Golden, Colorado for the interview.    Those candidates selected in the top group may be provided with a conditional job offer and required to complete post conditional offer testing (below).  At this phase of the process is where Human Resources will add qualifying veterans’ preference points for those that have submitted their Military issued DD214 timely. 


1.  Psychological Inventory Assessment and Interview - Doctor Cristina Cullens’ of Psychological Dimensions;

2.  10 panel pre-employment drug testing – Concentra Medical Centers;

3.  Self Service/Certified Medical Clearance Essential Functions (candidate's own physician) CSP Form 705A;

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