Qualifications and Requirements

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Associate degree combined with two years of work experience dealing with the public or military service. 
    • We will accept 60 semester hours in place of an associate degree.
  • Education must be from a college or university regionally accredited by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education. Verify accreditation here or contact your school's registrar's office.

Other Requirements:

  • Good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Vision correctable to 20/30 or better each eye, normal color vision (to sufficiently distinguish red, yellow and green) and normal depth perception. 
  • Must possess an unrestricted driver’s license except for corrective lenses. Must also demonstrate an appropriate driving record.  Revoked or suspended driving privileges within the last 3 years ordinarily disqualifies an applicant. 
  • Must be able to meet physical requirements of the position.
  • Must be willing to perform work involving personal hazards, requiring irregular hours including night shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Must successfully pass written tests designed to determine suitability for the position of a trooper. These tests measure the primary skills critical to successfully learn and perform the duties of a trooper. 
  • Must demonstrate an appropriate background that would not call into question the ability to fulfill the functions of a law enforcement officer.  Felony convictions and domestic violence convictions will disqualify an applicant. In addition, any Class A misdemeanor conviction within the last 5 years, or any Class B misdemeanor conviction within the last 3 years ordinarily will disqualify an applicant from further consideration. 
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offense that would harm the integrity of the Patrol.
  • Must demonstrate judgment and common sense.  Be willing to discipline yourself to meet the job demands.
  • Willing to accept assignment anywhere in the state.