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Employment Process

Phase 1 - Application

Submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial college transcript to the ND PeopleSoft system. 

Phase 2 - Written Tests

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

The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST) and Wonderlic Personnel Test will be administered the morning on the first day of testing in each location.

Sections I, II, and III of the POST will be administered. 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.

On 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.

The MMPI II and CPI tests will be administered that afternoon to those who pass the POST and Wonderlic. The psychologist will review test results for those granted a conditional offer of employment.

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

Applicants are allowed to take the Wonderlic and POST outside of the normal selection process. We have testing facilities 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, you may be allowed to take the tests if proctored by an approved site. The deadline to pretest is June 19. If an applicant misses the deadline or fails the pretest, they will test at scheduled locations listed above. Please indicate where you plan to test when applying.

By successfully passing these written tests, applicants move to the oral interview phase.

For more information on testing outside the normal selection process or to schedule a date and location to pre-test, please contact Bonnie at bchase@nd.gov or 701-328-2456. 

Some testing sites charge a fee to administer the tests. Exam fees are 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. 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 first. The key to a successful interview is advanced preparation. Learn about the job, 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 an NDHP trooper. Applicants must communicate effectively and are expected to demonstrate that ability, speaking with confidence in a clear, concise manner. Another fraction of the candidate’s score is based up assessment of his/heron an personal appearance.

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

Phase 4 - Background Information

NDHP personnel will conduct a thorough background investigation to determine suitability for employment as a trooper.
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 (numerous crashes or 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 application, including completed background information, is reviewed by a screening committee who makes a final determination.

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

Conditional employment letters 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. 

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 medical and psychological test expenses 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 trooper, as well as the ability to successfully complete the physical fitness training program administered in the NDHP academy. 

The physical assessment the recruits will take is the NDHP critical tasks assessment. A sample video can be viewed here.

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.