APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! YOU WILL BE ABLE TO APPLY AFTER JANUARY 1ST, 2014!
YOU MUST HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION ONLINE AND SENT IN YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS BEFORE YOU CAN TEST. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU ARE NOT ON OUR ROSTER.
PHASE 1 - Written, PT, MMPI tests
Please Note - The written, physical fitness, and MMPI-2 Psychological exam are all given on the same day. Applicants must pass each individual test to proceed to the next test.
On Day One of Testing, if you pass each section, you may be here from 0830-1630 or later. Please plan accordingly by bringing snacks and drinks. Wear comfortable clothing. You may choose to wear PT gear for all portions of testing on this day. You must bring $30 cash or check, as well as your photo ID. Be at the Vermont Police Academy no later than 0830 on test day.
Written test conducted by the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council. The test is a general knowledge, multiple choice test in which a passing grade of 70% is required to continue in the process with the PT test. If you fail the written test, you must wait one month before attempting again. After your second failure, you must wait four months before testing again. After a third failure of the written test, you will not be allowed to test again for the Vermont State Police.
For individuals who have a learning disability, accommodations can be arranged, if needed, by contacting John Gonyea. The Academy may provide accommodations for someone who submits adequate documentation of a disability that impacts test taking. This request must be made no less than two (2) weeks in advance of the test. Written requests are required. Documentation (from a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, learning disabilities professional, or other person qualified to diagnose and/or treat such disabilities) of the need for such accommodation must be provided. Contact information, including an address and telephone number, of the person who conducted the assessment must be included. Academy staff will review the material submitted. Further information may be requested. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check with the Academy BEFORE the test date to make sure the accommodation will be granted
Physical Fitness Test - Fitness standards were derived from research conducted by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research in Dallas, Texas. These are age and gender based standards and represent the 50% level of the population tested. Click on this http://vsp.vermont.gov/employment/basic_requirements/fitness to see the physical fitness standards. You must score a minimum of an AVERAGE in each category to proceed to the next exercise. If you fail any portion of the Physical Fitness Test, you may take the next scheduled Physical Fitness Test. You will not have to retake the written test. The 1.5 mile run will occur outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.
MMPI-2 Psychological Personality Inventory. This test takes approximately 60-90 minutes and consists of all True/False questions. Your answers will be reviewed by a psychologist to determine suitability of candidate to become a Trooper.
PHASE 2 - Hiring Panel Interview
Phase 2 testing is typically scheduled one to four weeks after the successful completion of Phase 1 testing.
A hiring panel interview is held before three Troopers. The panel will score a candidate based on a candidate's reasoning and problem solving, leadership, interpersonal relation skills, communication skills, presentation and achievements, decision making ability, and communication skills. Knowledge of the Department and the job is important.
This is a job interview. Dress appropriately and know about the position you are applying for.
PHASE 3 - Polygraph
Phase 3 testing is typically scheduled one to four weeks after the successful completion of Phase 2 testing.
Polygraph Test - Used to determine a candidate's honesty and suitability to become a Trooper.
PHASE 4 - Background Investigation & Medical Exam
A candidate who successfully completes the above testing will have a background investigation completed by a member of the Vermont State Police. Background investigations include examination of motor vehicle and criminal records, financial records, school records, and past and present work history. Also interviewed are friends, family, spouses/significant others, and co-workers.
Upon successful completion of the Background phase, candidates will be scheduled for a medical examination. The medical examination can either be conducted at a physician of the candidate's choosing at the candidates expense, or at the Department's medical provider at the Department's expense.
Applicants are encouraged to do the best they can in all phases of testing as their point accumulation determines their placement on the hiring roster. Below is the breakdown of possible points you can accumulate:
Written Test: 1 point for every point above a 70 (70 is passing).
Physical Fitness Test: 0 points for an Average rating, 5 points for a Good rating, 10 points for an Excellent rating, 15 points for a Superior rating (Average rating is passing).
HIring Panel: up to 75 points
Prior Military Service: 5 points
Vermont Resident Bonus: 7 points
PHASE 5 - Meeting with Colonel L'Esperance
Meeting with the Director
The Director will meet with each prospective applicant and decide whether or not the candidate is suitable for the position of Vermont State Trooper.