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 – sit and reach flexibility, bench press, sit ups, push ups, and a 1.5 mile run.

  • You must pass each portion of the test before moving on to the next portion.
  • If you fail one portion, you are done for that testing day.

The minimum standards for the assessments are based on the 50th percentile for a candidate based on age and gender as developed by the Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research.

An overall fitness level of Superior is attained by: Superior on the run.  Any three other fitness areas a superior.  Remaining categories "Good" or above.

An overall fitness level of Excellent is attained by: Excellent on the run.  Any three other fitness areas an excellent or above.  Remaining categories "Good" or above.

An overall fitness level of Good is attained by: Good on the run.  Any three other fitness areas a good or above.  Remaining categories "Average" or above.

An overall fitness level of Average is attained with a score of Average on the run.  You can ONLY score an Average overall with a score of Average on the run.

Videos of various fitness tests are available below.  These videos were recorded on testing day at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, Vermont.

Fitness standards as of January 2018

Fitness Standards

Effective January 1st, 2018, the Vermont State Police will be using updated entrance standards for the Physical Fitness Test.  The updated minimum standards to pass will are shown here:

View the current standards, including the scores for 'Good', 'Excellent' and 'Superior' test results.


Flexibilty: Sit & Reach


A measure of flexibility is taken through the sit and reach test. The measurement is taken in inches.

Bench Press

This test is done on a Universal type machine & measures upper body strength. A candidate is evaluated on a single repetition as a percentage of their body weight.


1 minute time limit, with bent knees and feet held. Fingers remain cupped behind the ears and elbows must touch the knees.


1 minute time limit, back straight. No "modified" push-ups (knees on the floor) are allowed. You may rest in the "up" position if needed.

1.5 Mile Run

Measured course, timed in minutes and seconds.

Contact Information

Vermont State Police HeadquartersVSP Seal
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
M - F / 8am - 4pm
Telephone - 802-244-8727

Please call your nearest VSP Barracks outside of normal business hours.

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