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 and 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.

Application:  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 your inbox, including your spam folder, for correspondence from us.

Colorado State Patrol Applications are currently CLOSED.

Lateral Cadet applications will be open TBD.

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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 who meet or exceed the pass points for each examination phase will continue on into the remaining phases of the process.  We have a few preparation material options.  Following is a link to our standard (online) study guide you can purchase for $9.99.  There other options are listed below on the same webpage. 

TENTATIVE EXAMINATION PROCESS (this process is subject to change:)

  1. Written Examination:  Examinations are generally scheduled to take place in the cities listed below (these locations are subject to change.)  Applicants must attend one of the testing locations in person upon recieving an official testing invitation from Human Resources.  
  • Golden, CO--Colorado State Patrol Training Academy

    • Lateral Testing Dates:  TBD

    • Address: 15055 S. Golden Road, Golden CO 80401 (Building 100 - two buildings west of the main Academy building)

  • Grand Junction, CO: Army National Guard Readiness Center

    • Lateral Testing Date:  TBD

    • Address: 2810 Riverside Pkwy, Grand Junction CO, 81501

  • Pueblo, CO: Colorado State Patrol Troop Office

    • Lateral Testing Date:  TBD

    • Address:  5615 Willis Boulevard, Pueblo, CO 81008

  1. Comprehensive Background Investigation:  This step is an investigation and face-to-face interview with a CSP Background Professional who 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.
  1. Polygraph Examination: 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 polygraph background summary.  The post polygraph summary conducted by CSP will wrap up the comprehensive background package.
  1. Appointing Authority Structured Application Review Board:   A panel of Lieutenant Colonels and Majors from the Colorado State Patrol will review the candidate's entire file and any documents attached to a candidate profile to provide independent ratings. These Appointing Authorities will use the written exam scores and any additional reports to evaluate the candidate's overall merit 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 Interviews.
  1. 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 to 25-minute oral board interview.  The questions are not shared and are behavioral-based.  There could be anywhere from 6 to 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. Physical Fitness:  All candidates who enter the Oral Board Interviews (above,) will be required to take this step on the same day.  The physical fitness step consists of push-ups for one minute and a 20-Meter Multi-Stage Fitness test.  Both stages must be completed; you may not elect to take one or the other.  Please see the below video for a demonstration of the two fitness tests.



  1. Psychological Inventory Assessment and Interview;
  1. 10-panel pre-employment drug testing;
  1. Self Service/Certified Medical Clearance Essential Functions (candidate's own physician) CSP Form 705A