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Minimum Fitness Standards for Recruits

A mandatory physical assessment program is an integral part of the hiring process, as well as part of your career with the Vermont State Police. Our assessment measures the following areas:

  • 2000-meter row on a Concept 2 Rower with a damper setting of (5)
  • A push-up, sit-up and bench press assessment

Concept 2 Rowers are an effective tool to assist you in achieving high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness. Concept 2 Rowers actively engage both hemispheres of the body (upper and lower body) and do not place any impact on joints.

In order to row effectively, correct form must be used, as demonstrated in this video:

Fitness standards and guidelines for Vermont have been developed in collaboration with the Texas Department of Public Safety who offers helpful resources including a series of training videos as well as a physical fitness plan to ensure applicants are adequately prepared.

Successful candidates must pass the fitness evaluation at 50% based on standardized norms.  Please see this online calculator to determine your rowing requirements based on your age and weight.

Instructions for the Concept 2 Rower calculator:

  1. Fill out the left portion of the chart with gender, age group and weight.
  2. The top right portion of the calculator will automatically provide desired minimum calculations for training at the 70th percentile (VSP minimum standards are the 50th percentile). The 70th percentile is a good benchmark for training purposes and can assist you in successfully passing Vermont State Police standards.
  3. Fill the bottom right box labeled “Percent (1-100)” with the number 50 to calculate VSP’s minimum hiring requirement.
  4. Click “calculate” and see your minimum requirement for VSP at the 50th percentile.

In addition to the rowing test, candidates undergo a fitness assessment, consisting of push-ups, sit-ups, and a bench press.  These results are taken as a fitness benchmark, and not as a pass/fail test.  You can view demonstrations of these events below.

Sit-ups:

Push-ups:

Bench Press: