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Employment Process

Individuals currently licensed in North Dakota with law enforcement experience may only be required to attend the NDHP academy, which is approximately 10 weeks. Individuals licensed in other states may only be required to complete the 10-week NDHP academy, 2-week basic, and pass the POST test. Individuals not licensed will be required to attend the NDHP academy and basic, which is approximately 22 weeks.

Most, if not all, post assignments may be in the western part of North Dakota. Applicants must be willing to be stationed anywhere in North Dakota and respond to duty 24 hours a day.

Phase 1 - Application

Applicants must submit an Application for Trooper Employment (SFN 2242), resume, cover letter and an unofficial college transcript to the address listed on the application.

The application form is fillable and available in Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Reader allows applicants to complete the application, print a hard copy or save an electronic copy and send it by mail or email. The electronic version can be emailed to Chelsey Dietz, human resources specialist, at cdietz@nd.gov.

  • The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered the morning of the first day of testing in each location.
  • The MMPI II and CPI tests will be administered that afternoon to individuals who pass the POST and Wonderlic Personnel Tests. The department psychologist will review the test results for those granted a conditional offer of employment.
  • A 30-minute oral interview will be scheduled within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out-of-state will be scheduled for the first interviews.
  • Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the Oral Interview Board to be considered further in the selection process.

Written examinations and oral interviews will be conducted at the times and locations listed below.  Please indicate the location you plan to test at when you submit your application materials.

Individuals must bring a current state-issued driver’s license with a photo or a current state-issued photo identification card to the written examination.  Photocopies will not be accepted.

Phase 2 - Written Tests

Applicants must successfully pass written tests designed to determine suitability for the position of NDHP trooper. These tests measure the primary skills critical to successfully learn and perform the duties of a trooper.

Applicants will be administered the National Police Officer Selection Test and the Wonderlic Personnel Test the morning of the first day of testing in each location.

We will be administering Sections I, II, and III of the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST). Applicants must achieve at least 70 percent in each section to move on to phase 3. To review the study guide and sample test, click here.

We will be administering the Wonderlic Personnel Test. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 21 to move on to Phase 3. Review a sample of the test questions.

Applicants are now allowed to take the Wonderlic and National Police Officer Selection Test outside of the normal selection process.  We have facilities available for testing in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Williston, Fargo, and Bloomington, MN.  If you do not live in North Dakota or near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, it is possible that we would allow the tests to be proctored by an approved site. 

By successfully passing these written tests, you would move directly to the oral interview phase during our next selection process.  You would be required to wait 2 months to be eligible to retake the test(s) should it require more than one attempt. 

For more information on taking the tests outside of the normal selection process or to set up a date and location to pre-test, please contact Chelsey Dietz at: cdietz@nd.gov or 701-328-2579.  Some of the testing sites charge a fee to administer the tests.  Any fees for taking the exams will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Phase 3 - Oral Interview and Written Personality Tests

Applicants who pass the written tests will be administered the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Inventory II (MMPI II) and California Personality Inventory (CPI) the afternoon of the first day of testing in each location. These tests appraise an individual’s interests, attitude and other characteristics.

Applicants who pass the written tests will be scheduled for a 30-minute oral interview within three days of the written tests. Individuals from out-of-state will be scheduled for the first interviews. The key to a successful interview is advance preparation. Learn about the job, gather and read written materials (brochures, job announcement, etc.), and talk to law enforcement officers and NDHP employees.

Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from the oral interview board to be considered further in the selection process. The purpose of the interview is to determine if the candidate possesses the qualifications and the right temperament and attitude for a NDHP trooper. Applicants must communicate effectively and are expected to demonstrate that ability, speaking with confidence in a clear and succinct manner. Another fraction of the candidate’s score is based upon an assessment of his/her personal appearance.

At the end of the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions or add details that may help the panel determine the applicant’s interview score.

Phase 4 - Background Information

NDHP personnel will conduct a complete and thorough background investigation to determine your suitability for employment as a trooper.
Your family, friends, neighbors, present and former employers, fellow employees, school officials, firms with which you have done business, courts, local law enforcement agencies, etc., will be contacted as part of this investigation. The following occurrences in your background could result in rejection of your application:
  • Pled or been found guilty of a felony or ever been charged with a felony that was later dismissed under a deferred imposition of sentence.
  • Use of drugs or conviction for drug-related violations.
  • Intemperate use of alcohol.
  • Anti-social behavior.
  • Poor work record.
  • Poor driving record. For instance, numerous crashes or numerous convictions for moving traffic violations.
  • Unfavorable credit rating.
The applicant’s background will be considered in terms of honesty, integrity, moral character, emotional stability, reputation in the community and the applicant’s interest in serving people. The total applicataion, including completed background information, is reviewed by a screening committee who makes a final determination as to your acceptance.

Phase 5 - Physical Examination, Interview with Psychologist, and Physical Agility Testing

Letters offering conditional employment will be sent to individuals before requiring them to take a physical examination, be interviewed by a psychologist contracted by the NDHP, and perform job related physical skill tests. Individuals will be required to come to Bismarck for two days to participate. This phase will take place July 14 through August 1, 2014.

Applicants will meet with a psychologist contracted by the NDHP. They must be given a favorable recommendation to continue in the selection process. A physical examination and drug screening will be administered by the department physician. All expenses for medical and psychological tests are paid by the NDHP. Applicants are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses.

A comprehensive test to determine physical conditioning is necessary to assess an applicant’s potential physical ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of a sworn officer, as well as the ability to successfully complete the physical fitness training program administered in the course of the NDHP academy. Physical agility tests may include:

Pushing a disabled vehicle

  • Troopers in the course of their regular duties are at times required to move disabled or abandoned vehicles a short distance. This test will demonstrate sufficient physical strength and ability to move a vehicle 30 feet on level ground.
  • Candidates will be required to physically push a typical passenger vehicle 30 feet.

Weight drag

  • This test will demonstrate the applicant has sufficient strength in the body and limbs to remove an adult person from a vehicle and drag them.
  • Candidates will remove a human simulator dummy from the vehicle and drag, by grasping underarms, back to the starting point 30 feet away.

Changing a tire on a vehicle

  • Troopers must be able to assist the public in changing a tire during routine patrol.
  • This test will demonstrate the applicant has sufficient strength to remove the spare tire from the trunk of a typical vehicle. This will also determine if there is sufficient arm strength to remove wheel lugs, which have been tightened to the manufacturer’s specifications. This must be completed within 10 minutes.

Weapon Control

  • Troopers must have the physical strength and dexterity to appropriately handle duty weapons.
  • This test will demonstrate the applicant has sufficient arm and hand strength to properly handle the issued duty weapon. The applicant will manipulate the slide functions on an unloaded duty weapon and demonstrate the ability to load issued magazines with practice ammunition.

Final Phase - Hiring

Applicants who pass all portions of the employment process will be placed on the eligibility roster in the order of their standing.