2013 - 1837
Individuals currently licensed in North Dakota with law enforcement experience will be required to attend the NDHP academy, which is approximately 10 weeks. Individuals licensed in other states will 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 25 weeks.
Most, if not all, of post assignments will 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.
The Application for Trooper Employment 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 email@example.com.
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, 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.
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.
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.